Story by Lydia Kicklighter

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21 hours. 5 friends. 1 mini van. Countless memories to last a lifetime.

With Nat Wolff as Quentin Jacobsen and Cara Delevingne as Margo Roth Spiegelman, Paper Towns is a movie about adventure, friendship, and how to find yourself.  Adapted from the novel by John Green, running time 113 minutes, released July 24, 2015, Paper Towns is a mediocre adaptation at best.  

Quentin wakes up in the middle of the night to Margo, his childhood best friend, climbing into his bedroom window.  This starts the night of adventure that Margo promises he will never forget.  Together, they participate in felonies, using a getaway car, but most importantly, revenge.

Suddenly, Then, Margo is gone.  The next day, she’s not ata school, home, or anywhere; it’s like she’s completely vanished.  But even Margo’s parents aren’t worried about her because she does this all the time, and she always leaves clues, usually for her little sister.  This time, though, the clues are for Quentin, and the clock is ticking.  Will he find her in time? Or will it be too late?

The movie shows the very major events that happen sufficiently, but there are still some important things that happen in the book that are disregarded in the movie. The movie starts out the same, and continues for a while at that pace, but there are seemingly insignificant differences that start to pop up.  And these eventually become large differences that change the mood of the production completely.

First, in the book, Margo and Q are neighbors, but in the movie, they live across the street from each other.  Then, Omnictionary doesn’t exist.  In the book, Radar, one of Quentin’s best friends, works for it.  This exclusion then impacts how Quentin finds out Margo is in Agloe.  Instead of finding her comment on Omnictionary, Quentin uses the map in the abandoned mini mall.  These omissions and more are what separate the movie and the book, and lead to the downfall of the film.

In comparison to the last book-to-movie adaptation from John Green, The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns did not boom at the box office, to say the least.  With a $12,650,140 opening weekend gross, it came in as #6 for the weekend. But The Fault in Our Stars had a  $48,002,523 opening weekend gross, and #1 for the weekend back in June of 2014.

Overall, Paper Towns was not an awful production, but did suffer when compared to the book that preceded it.  The small differences really do add up, and they create a different feel for the film than was perceived from reading the novel.