Book Talk Response
The Book Talk visual which caught my eye the most was Clare Considine’s project on ‘Paper Towns’ by John Greene. After talking with her I learned the book is about two young people, Margo and Quentin who navigate through their senior year in the suburbs of Orlando, Florida in the early 2000’s. When exposed to a dead man who has committed suicide in Jefferson park, Margo, at 10 years old says “Maybe all the strings inside him just broke.” After this moment, the two continually link human emotions to acting as “strings” throughout the novel. In the middle of the book Margo runs away and the plot is transformed to Quentin’s finding her on a long road trip with his two best friends Ben and Radar and Ben’s girlfriend Lacey. The two create idealist views of each other which only by the end is proven wrong by reality. In the visual, there is a series of 6 maps showing the states which are driven through in the novel to find Margo, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, and Florida. Starting at the front of the map and ending at the end, there is a path which takes the viewers of this visual through the plot of the story. Also, there are various quotes spread about the map to support the explanation of the plot. To begin, the trail starts at two houses, Margo and Quentin’s. Starting here, the black tacks represent Margo and the white tacks show Quentin. This contrast to me exemplifies a ying yang situation. Next, the string goes down to four houses: Lacey, Jace, Becca, and Karen’s, whose houses have a spraypainted ‘M’ on them. This ‘M’ symbolizes Margo’s anger toward them because her exboyfriend Jace cheated on her with Becca her best friend, and this was kept a secret by Karen and Lacey her are her close friends also. It then leads down to Sea World which they break into and then the path leads to the sun tower. At the sun tower Margo says the significant quote “All those ...
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