Study Guide

Paper Towns The Home

By John Green

The Home

Usually it's pretty easy to find your home when you're a teenager: It's the same place your parents live, and chances are decent you've lived there all your life. But when Margo Roth Spiegelman asks Siri to give her directions home, her smartphone is stumped. Why? Well, in Paper Towns, Margo doesn't feel at home at home. Her parents aren't the nicest people, and Margo just wants to get away—far, far away—and make a home of her own somewhere else.

Questions About The Home

  1. Will Margo ever settle down somewhere? What would it take for her to settle down? Explain, please.
  2. Why doesn't Quentin mind life in Jefferson Park, Florida? Do you think he will ever leave? Why or why not?
  3. Can the mini-malls and abandoned stores Margo squats in be considered homes for her? Why or why not?
  4. Why does Quentin start to imagine his minivan as a home while on the road trip?

Chew on This

Margo Roth Spiegelman isn't able to see past her own experience, and she doesn't understand how Quentin could actually call their hometown a home, but he's happy there.

It isn't location that makes Margo feel not at home, but the fact that she's hidden herself so well she can't even find herself.