Study Guide

Paper Towns Perseverance

By John Green


In Paper Towns, Margo Roth Spiegelman has tons of albums, meticulously arranged in alphabetical order. We have to wonder if she pulls out Fiona Apple's "Better Version of Me" to jam to now and then. It's a song about a "frightened, fickle person, fighting, cryin', kickin', cursin'," which sounds a lot like ol' Margo Roth Spiegelman. The person in the song just keeps traveling on and on because she knows her travels and her experiences will make her a better person, and she's not going to stop until there is a better version of her. Yep, sounds a lot like Margo Roth Spiegelman's rambling journey to us.

Questions About Perseverance

  1. Why doesn't Quentin ever give up trying to find Margo Roth Spiegelman? Do you think he lets her go for good in the end?
  2. Why does Quentin keep talking to Margo even after she tells him that she didn't want him to find her?
  3. Do you think Margo will ever give up and return home? Why or why not?

Chew on This

Because this is kind of a detective novel, and Quentin is kind of a detective, he has to be persistent in his search for clues because the case (a.k.a. Margo Roth Spiegelman) isn't going to solve itself.

Quentin wouldn't have been able to find Margo Roth Spiegelman if his friends weren't as persistent and determined as he is—that road trip is impossible to pull off without a team.