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❶Nine years later, Margo Roth Spiegelman, now eighteen, comes to Quentin's window in the middle of the night.

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Quentin wants to push the whole finding-a-dead-body thing from his mind, but Margo finds out the man killed himself and wonders why.

Nine years later, Margo Roth Spiegelman, now eighteen, comes to Quentin's window in the middle of the night. They haven't really hung out since Dead Body Day, but now Margo needs a favor. She needs Quentin to drive her around on a spree of revenge against Jase Worthington, her cheating boyfriend, and anyone else who annoys her. They vandalize houses and cars with spray paint and fish, then sneak into SeaWorld as the cherry atop this vigilante sundae. Quentin believes that Margo Roth Spiegelman has run away from home, and is leaving him clues to her whereabouts.

When the trail goes cold, Quentin worries that Margo Roth Spiegelman's body has gone cold, too. What if she committed suicide just like the man they found nine years ago?

He eventually discovers that she is still alive, and will be in Agloe, NY on May Of course, Quentin discovers this on May 28, so he and his friends skip their high school graduation to race at breakneck speed to Agloe, a "paper town" that doesn't exist on any map. It was created by mapmakers as a plagiarism detection tool. Someone built a general store in the general vicinity of Agloe, and Margo Roth Spiegelman has been living there. When Quentin Jacobsen and Margo Roth Spiegelman are nine years old, they find a dead man in a nearby park.

This experience is formative for Quentin and Margo, and forges a vaguely implied but long lasting bond between them. Most of Paper Towns is set in suburban Orlando, and the main characters are all seniors in high school, just a few weeks away from graduation.

In Part One, Margo, a now-popular girl who has not interacted with Quentin since they were nine, shows up at his window one night. She asks him to be her chauffeur for reasons undisclosed. It turns out that Margo has enlisted Quentin to help her with an eleven-part plan to exact revenge against her friends who have wronged her.

Their night of mischief and revenge culminates with breaking into Sea World. However, she has left clues for Quentin, and Quentin is determined to put these clues together to figure out where she has gone.

A detective is enlisted to search for Margo, but he is neither helpful nor hopeful that she will be found. Through her vague clues, Quentin and his friends are led to an old, abandoned minimall in which they find Margo has passed time. Her camp-out in the minimall contains maps and other clues to suggest that Margo has been plotting out her route there.

Quentin takes short trips to all the pseudovisions he can find in Central Florida to see if she is camping out in one, but does not find her.

by John Green

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