What is the summary of Margo Roth Spiegelman?

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John Green's young adult novel Paper Towns is about two seniors in high school and their interesting relationship. Quentin Jacobsen and Margo Roth Spiegelman meet as nine-year-olds when they find a dead body in a park. Their friendship continues from this point forward.

Quentin is smitten with Margo because she is a beautiful and popular girl in their school in Florida. She is considered to be one of the "cool" kids at school because she is a rule-breaker and adventurer. Margo enjoys this attention from Quentin, but she tells him that she is tired of pretending to be the person everyone thinks she is when she herself has no idea who she is as a person. Quentin gives readers a skewed perspective of Margo because he adores her and the story is told from his point of view.

Margo seems eccentric, wild, and a bit manic because of the adventures she has with Quentin. She also leaves cryptic clues for Quentin to encourage him to chase after her, which suggests she is also selfish. Margo often blames other people for things rather than taking responsibility.

Margo is interested in reading, music, and poetry.

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Margo Roth Spiegelman is considered to be the antagonist in Paper Towns by John Green. She is not a villainess but she is at the center of the conflict. The protagonist, Quentin, is smitten with her and has been since childhood when Margo was his best friend. Margo is the “it” girl in school: she is beautiful, popular, and is part of the in crowd. But there is a mysterious side to her that she conceals. She likes folk music and poetry, which she does not reveal because that would tarnish her image. Instead, she runs away on occasion to fulfill her adventurous side, a trait that is well known to her friends. Margo blames others for their misguided perception of her personality until she finally runs away and does not want to be found; she longs to find a place to call her own where she can allow her true personality to emerge.

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