What is the theme and topic of Paper Towns?

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Your question is interesting because, in fact, both "theme" and "topic" can often be used as synonyms of each other.  In regards to "Paper Towns," the main theme is one of superficiality (both in love and in hometowns).

Why is the theme one of superficiality in love?  Because the main character, Quentin, spends his entire young life being in love with his first sweetheart, Margo, but finds out during the course of the story that she is not the person he thought she was.  There are clues throughout that this...

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