Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Paper Towns by John Green. Paper Towns Quotes showing of 1, It's like picking your breakfeast cereals based on color instead of taste. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world. Just that everything except the last thing is.
You could count on ten years or so of real adulthood, right? There was no planning for retirement, There was no planning for a career. There was no planning. No time for plannning. No time for a future.
But then the life spans started getting longer, and people started having more and more future. And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future--you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford to send your kids to college so they can get a good job so they can get a nice house so they can afford to send their kids to college.
And then you picked me back. Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that, we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out. You can see how fake it all is. It's not even hard enough to be made out of plastic. It's a paper town. I mean, look at it, Q: All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm.
All the paper kids drinking beer some bum bought for them at the paper convenience store. Everyone demented with the mania of owning things.
All the things paper-thin and paper-frail. And all the people, too. I've lived here for eighteen years and I have never once in my life come across anyone who cares about anything that matters. Like each of us starts out as a watertight vessel. And the vessel starts to crack in places.
Ben and Quentin meet Radar in the hall. Radar deflects conversation about his relationship with Angela by talking about Omnictionary, Talking with Radar after lunch, Quentin and Ben tell him about their conversation with Angela.
Part 1, Chapter 7. Quentin remembers that Radar has the log-in information for the school directory. Part 2, Chapter 1. Part 2, Chapter 3. Part 2, Chapter 4. Quentin shows the album to Radar and Ben. They take the album from its sleeve and are disappointed to find that Quentin knows that Walt Whitman is a nineteenth-century American poet. Radar wonders aloud why Margo would leave clues for Quentin this time, when she has always Quentin spends the rest of the afternoon reading the longest poem in the Part 2, Chapter 5.
Part 2, Chapter 6. Quentin, Radar , and Ben return to Jefferson Park. Quentin and Radar follow Ben back to his house. They play video games and discuss Margo. Part 2, Chapter 7. Ben and Radar , whom Quentin calls after hanging up with Ben, both make plans to fake illness so Part 2, Chapter 8.
She leaves for work, telling him to call if he needs anything. Ben and Radar arrive shortly after she leaves. They are blasting music, and the three of them drive A few miles past Grovepoint Acres, Radar announces that they are getting close to their destination. Quentin finds his excitement has faded The smell of rot is overpowering. Quentin is afraid with a visceral intensity Ben tells Quentin they should leave and bring the police.
Radar insists they cannot leave until they have gotten into the building and found whatever Margo Part 2, Chapter 9. Quentin, Radar , and Ben walk around the back of the building and discover the bloated corpse of Radar attempts to open a door, but has no success.
Ben decides he is going to In the room beyond, there is another hole. Quentin, Ben, and Radar climb through both holes and emerge into what Ben recognizes as an abandoned souvenir store Under the paint, Quentin can make out faint red graffiti. Radar drops the small flashlight they have been using, and the indirect light illuminates the graffitied Part 2, Chapter Quentin sends an instant message to Radar , telling him his theory.
Radar tells Quentin to calm down, though he admits that the Quentin hangs out with Ben and Radar after school, but he declines their invitation to come along to a pre-prom party, and Ben tells Quentin that he and Radar have made a pact to be naked under their robes at graduation, and Quentin agrees After leaving his message to Ben, Quentin calls Radar.
Radar suggests inviting Ben to brainstorm and play video games. When Quentin refuses, Radar suggests he Waiting for Ben to arrive, Quentin asks Radar about Angela. Radar says things are good between them, that they did not have sex The four of them have made plans to visit the strip Quentin drives back to Jefferson Park. The party is relaxed, with little drinking and lots of storytelling. Ben, Radar , and Quentin reaffirm their commitment to being naked under their robes at graduation, and some Early the next morning, Quentin tells Radar about his new hypothesis — that the holes in the wall at the strip mall They agree that Margo must have used it to plan her schemes and dramatic gestures.
Radar and Ben sign on, and Radar announces his new theory: At school the next day, Radar tells Quentin that he has built a new program for Omnictionary, which allows users to After school, Quentin decides to clean out his locker while Radar and Ben attend band practice to rehearse the graduation concert.
He soon grows overwhelmed by Quentin tells Radar about the minivan. He agrees to let Radar store a cooler full of beer in After getting out of the shower, Quentin turns on the program Radar created a few days earlier, that collects the first sentences of all the articles related He calls Radar and Ben, who are at school waiting for graduation to begin.
Radar is amazed by Radar and Ben convince Quentin to stop by the school on his way out of town, Part 3, The First Hour.
Paper Towns Questions and Answers. The Question and Answer section for Paper Towns is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Agloe is "a fictitious village created by the Esso company in the early s and inserted into tourist maps as a copyright trap, or paper town" (). Cool trick. And since Margo seems to be unhappy wherever she goes, she goes somewhere that doesn't exist.
Paper Towns Quotes (showing of 1,) “What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.” ― John Green, Paper Towns. Paper Towns Quotes. BACK; NEXT ; Find quotes from this novel, with commentary from Shmoop. Pick a theme below to begin.
Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Speak edition of Paper Towns published in Part 1, Chapter 1 Quotes It was so pathetically easy to forget about Chuck, to talk about prom even though I didn’t give a shit about prom. The story is set mainly in modern-day Orlando, Florida, though Quentin does travel outside of that area. This setting is crucial to the story.