Gatlin could never be mistaken for a cultural center. This little town might have phones and boats (er, little rafts made of sticks to navigate alligator-filled swamps) and motor cars, but not a single other luxury. No Starbucks, no movie theater, no Shmoop headquarters. No wonder Ethan feels stuck—where will he get his tall soy latte? Throughout Beautiful Creatures, our guy dreams of escape, marking places he reads about on a map. And Lena might just be his ticket out of town. What is it about living in a small town that makes you want to get out and see the world? Regardless of where you're from, have you ever felt that way?