Paper Towns
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Character Analysis

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Grew Up... with a zest for life in a subdivision in Orlando, Florida. She and her family moved there when she was a kid and she quickly made friends with her neighbor Quentin.

Living... a different life than she once led. Margo has changed a lot since she was a kid. She no longer hangs out with Quentin and instead runs with a clique of cool kids, including her boyfriend Jase and her best friend Lacey.

Visiting... anywhere and everywhere. Margo is the ultimate free spirit and she’s been known to disappear to unknown places for days at a time. Her high school is full of wild rumors about the adventures she’s had over the year – from joining the circus to crashing with famous bands. Before Margo disappears, she always leaves behind mysterious clues as to her whereabouts.

Profession... high school student. But Margo doesn’t take her studies particularly seriously. She believes life’s too short to be stuck in a classroom.

Interests... going on adventures, creating puzzles, and capitalizing random letters.  

Relationship Status... recently single. Margo was happily dating a popular hunk named Jason “Jase” Worthington until she found out he was cheating on her with her friend.

Challenge... getting revenge. Dumping Jase isn’t enough, Margo is determined to retaliate against her cheating boyfriend and everyone who knew about the affair and didn’t tell her. So, she enlists her neighbor and old friend Quentin on the ultimate night of fun and vengeance. But once the adrenaline wears off, Margo still has to figure out her place in the world.

Personality... confident, fearless and jaded. Margo seems like the ultimate cool girl, especially to those who don’t know her very well. She often throws caution to the wind, following her impulses and whims and looping others into her crazy schemes. But Margo isn’t quite as carefree as she pretends to be – she has a cynical side that keeps her at an emotional distance from other people. She claims, “I've lived here for eighteen years and I have never once in my life come across anyone who cares about anything that matters.”


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