Quentin 'Q' Jacobsen considers growing up next door to Margo Roth Spiegelman the miracle of his life. Though they were friends as children, now in high school Q and Margo move in different social circles. Margo is adventurous, popular, idolized; nerdy Q is in the school band crowd, though he himself is not musical. Through the years since their friendship, Q has loved Margo from afar, so when she comes tapping on his window in the night, only a few weeks before graduation, to ensnare Q in one of her wild plans, he can't say no. In the morning, Margo is gone. While many other people in her life believe this is just another one of Margo's awesome adventures, Q can't stop thinking about her cryptic words, clues she seems to have left just for him, and a disturbing event from their childhood. What does Margo mean that she is 'never coming back?'
Paper Towns is a funny and thoughtful mix of teenage introspection and antics. John Green seems well aware of the tropes of young adult literature (the road trip, the party, the unattainable girl) and plays off them to say something really important about what it means to know another person.