There’s something about graduation season that just screams road tripâ€”all the longing and energy and unfinished business of high school all bursting forth in one epic overnight drive to destiny. And if there’s one young adult novel that captures this sentiment completely, it’s John Green’s Paper Towns.
Weeks before the end of senior year, Margo Roth Spiegelman takes Quentin out for the night of his life. He has been obsessed with her for practically his whole life, but she was always unknowable, unattainable. And suddenly she is right there, sharing her notorious adventures with him. He wakes up the next morning knowing that everything will be different between then from now on, but she is gone. Disappeared. No trace … except for a couple clues that become his obsession for the last weeks of the school year. And then, on the morning of graduation, while he should be getting dressed, he finds the final bread crumb … and goes off on a road trip to finally find the girl.
The map below details Quentin, Radar, Ben, and Lacey’s road trip from their graduation ceremony in Orlando, Florida to Agloe, New York, where they’re hoping to find the elusive Margo Roth Spiegelman. Click on the markers to read about what happens during each hour of their 21-hour journey.
â€” Annie Schutte, currently rereading Paper Towns by John Green
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