The protagonist in John Greene’s novel, Paper Towns, Quentin Jacobsen, is known as “Q” to his friends. He narrates the story as the senior class prepares for their impending high school graduation which is one week away. Quentin is not part of the “it” crowd as he is considered to be a band geek; a nerd. He ruminates over things, while he longs to renew his friendship with the antagonist Margo Roth Spiegelman.
They were childhood friends but went their separate ways during their school years. Quentin has never stopped idolizing Margo. When she finally asks him to join her on a night of rabble-rousing he is more than willing to accompany her, but the next morning she is gone. Thus begins his quest to find her. Being the caring friend that he was, he felt that he was the only one who could save her until he realizes that the only one who can save her is herself.