Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green (“The Fault in Our Stars”), PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one.
After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears–leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship–and true love.
Quentin Jacobson, or “Q,” is intelligent, a loyal friend and a romantic. He’s seventeen years old and in his senior year of high school. Q believes that everyone gets a miracle in life and his came when he was nine, the day Margo Roth Spiegelman moved in next door.
Margo was always an adventurer; Q, not so much. Over the years Q has become best friends with Ben and Radar. Margo, on the other hand, has become increasingly daring and mysterious, and is now one of the ultra-cool kids in high school. So, Q and Margo drifted apart.
One night, only a few weeks before prom, Margo shows up at Q’s window and leads him on an all-night covert adventure that Q is certain signals a` return to his friendship – and maybe more? – with the unrequited love of his life and true soul mate. He knows his life is about to change. And it does.
The next morning, Margo is gone. She has simply disappeared and hasn’t left word with anyone. Or has she? Q starts to find clues seemingly left just for him – signs of where she went and why she left. By solving those clues, another adventure begins. Q, with his friends Ben and Radar and with their new friends Lacey and Angela, embark upon a journey to track down Margo. In unraveling the mystery, Q discovers the true meaning of friendship and the complexities of the enigma that is Margo.
For producer Wyck Godfrey, a producer on The Fault in Our Stars, the decision to jump back into another John Green adaptation was irresistible. “My partner Marty Bowen and I had read Paper Towns even before we read The Fault in Our Stars,” he says. “So when we were making The Fault in Our Stars we began talks with John about another project. We asked him about Paper Towns. The thing I love about the story is that it’s a mystery, an adventure, and a comedy, and it felt very cinematic.”
The heart of PAPER TOWNS rests in its depictions of friendship and its accompanying adventures, mysteries and even the aggravations that pull young people together at a significant point in their lives. Q, Ben and Radar are the best of friends. Their circle of friendship grows with Margo’s disappearance. As Green explains, “Q, Ben and Radar are extremely tight but as their high school years come to a close, they grapple with the fact that their friendship is soon going to be different.”