Nine years later, Margo Roth Spiegelman, who is now eighteen, comes to Quentin's window in the middle of the night. They haven't really hung out since they saw the dead body, but now Margo needs a favor. She needs Quentin to drive her around on a revenge hunt against Jase Worthington, her cheating boyfriend, and anyone else who annoys her. They vandalize houses and cars with spray paint and smelly fish in closets.
Quentin is excited that he and Margo are friends again. But she never comes back to school. He suddenly becomes worried and is on a hunt to find her. He spends the next week and a half trying to follow her trail, which leads first to an abandoned strip mall. Looking over her maps and seeing a clue posted online, he finally determines she's gone to New York and will only be there until the night after graduation. He learns the term paper towns was once used to describe fictitious cities some map companies included on their products.
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His investigation into her disappearance and his road trip have taught him to push through his fears, follow his heart and see people for who they are rather than who everyone wants them to be. When Margo sees the courageous side of Quentin, and when she realizes he can see her for more than her popular status, she asks him to travel with her. They kiss and bury Margo's journal, showing the burial of the people they once were. Quentin decides he can't go with her and complete his entire future, but they promise to remain in touch and meet