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By Lauren Fetter
Infatuation is a funny thing, especially when you’re a teenager. The daydreams, the butterflies, the eagerness of waiting for the next time you’ll see that special someone. It’s unfortunate, though, when you realize that that picture-perfect dream girl or guy is not all they appear to be.
The film adaptation of bestselling author John Green’s 2008 novel, “Paper Towns,” brings moviegoers into the world of straight-laced high school senior and Florida native, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen (Nat Wolff). After pining over his neighbor and former childhood friend, the ever-elusive and grandiose Margo Roth Spiegelman (Cara Delevingne), for years, Quentin and Margo are reunited in a revenge-seeking evening against her cheating boyfriend.
The Bonnie and Clyde duo vow that things will be different at school the next day, as Margo explains that in order to fully experience life, Quentin would have to go outside of his comfort zone — a feat he found terrifying. However, Q soon finds himself on an east coast journey as he and his best friends search for Margo when she goes missing, following the numerous clues she leaves behind to find her.
Quentin Jacobsen, like so many teenagers, has found himself in love…or so he thinks. What appears to be a typical teen film about the search for love quickly turns into a must-see journey of self-discovery and realization.
Nat Wolff, who played Isaac in the 2014 film adaptation of Green’s bestselling novel “The Fault In Our Stars,” shines in this coming-of-age movie, convincingly depicting the closed-off and quiet Quentin who grows into his own amidst the clouding infatuation he has for Margo. Opposite him, British model Cara Delevingne made pulling pranks and gallivanting about Orlando, Florida in the dead of night look like a walk in the park. Her acting career has only just begun.
But the best part of the film comes when Quentin looks introspectively at the path he’s taken, and the one he finds himself on as he searches for a girl he hardly knows anything about.
“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person,” he says as he revels in the choices he’s made in just a matter of days. Perhaps Margo was not as perfect and untouchable as he once thought. Maybe putting her on a pedestal and considering her untouchable was his downfall, as the years they spent apart as children fogged the image he had of her.
Whether you’re still traveling on that road to self-discovery, or finally coming into your own, “Paper Towns” may just offer you some insight into reality.
Just remember to take off the rose-colored glasses. It will save you in the long run.