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Book: Paper Towns

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51hgkNew+XL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Paper Towns, a John Green novel, recently turned into a film (2015), is a story about a boy who likes a girl. However, this girl is Margo Roth Spiegelman and is somewhat of a mystery to everyone she knows. After an all-night adventure, Margo disappears leaving behind clues for Quentin to follow. The book takes place in the last few weeks of Quentin’s school life adding further stress to the exams, prom and graduation.

Having never read a John Green novel, I was first introduced to Paper Towns at the cinema when I watched the film for a friend’s birthday. I enjoyed the film and decided to pick up the book. I first found the book to be quite slow (probably due to knowing what was going to happen thanks to watching the film first – oops). But once I got half way through (its only about 300 odd pages) I was enraptured and couldn’t put the book down.

The story, which follows a very basic structure unwinds in a very linear fashion (find a clue, follow clue, eventually find girl), frames questions about life, people and friendship. While it seems that the book is about Margo, which in a way it is, the story sees the development of unique and unusual friendships between different types of people as they come to the end of their high school careers. Many of which are brought together by the events surrounding and the disappearance of Margo.

I really enjoyed this book and urge you to give it a read if you haven’t yet. If you struggle through the first half, like I did, try your best to power through because I really did enjoy the ending. It was definitely worth the time and effort.

Here’s the trailer for the film (I also really enjoyed the film but it did follow a slightly different ending):

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Quote: Barack Obama

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dfmdf.png‘Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the one we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.’

‘If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.’

‘The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.’

‘We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity of duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defence’.

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QUOTE: David Bowie

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‘I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.’

‘I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human.’

‘I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don’t even take what I am seriously.’

‘There, in the chords and melodies, is everything I want to say. The words just jolly it along. It’s always been my way of expressing what for me is inexpressible by any other means.’

‘I’m not a prophet or a stone aged man, just a mortal with potential of a superman. I’m living on.’david-bowie-2013

‘I suppose for me as an artist it wasn’t always just about expressing my work; I really wanted, more than anything else, to contribute in some way to the culture that I was living in. It just seemed like a challenge to move it a little bit towards the way I thought it might be interesting to go.’

‘What I do is I write mainly about very personal and rather lonely feelings, and I explore them in a different way each time. You know, what I do is not terribly intellectual. I’m a pop singer for Christ’s sake. As a person, I’m fairly uncomplicated.’

‘I’m just an individual who doesn’t feel that I need to have somebody qualify my work in any particular way. I’m working for me.’

Rest in Peace, David Bowie.

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Quote: Eleanor Roosevelt

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sdkjdsf‘With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.’

‘You must do the things you think you cannot do.’

‘You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’

‘The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.’

‘We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.’

‘No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.’

‘Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.’

‘It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.’

‘It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.’

‘Friendship with one’s self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.’

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Quote: Pierce Brosnan

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‘It’s the ultimate goal every day you wake up, to be happy. At the end of the week, you want to be happy. Happy in love, happy in work, happy in life, happy with yourself. It’s pretty simple.’

Pierce  PT 2‘Together we are stronger, our voices louder, and the synergy of our actions more powerful. Together we can prevail on the Navy to put common sense safeguards in place, like requiring its ships to avoid the most sensitive marine mammal habitats and to stop their training exercises during peak migrations.’

‘I love the ukulele. It’s got a beautiful, melodic tone to it. There’s something innocent and romantic, and it’s just a grand instrument to play.’

‘Be good to people, be kind to people, show up, read the lines, hit the mark, and go home.’

 ‘We owe it to our children to be better stewards of the environment. The alternative? – a world without whales. It’s too terrible to imagine.’

‘When people don’t believe in you, you have to believe in yourself.’

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Quote: Sean Connery

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Sean-Connery-as-James-Bond‘Some age, other mature’.

‘Perhaps I’m not a good actor, but I would be even worse at doing anything else’.

‘Love may not make the world go round, but I must admit that it makes the ride worthwhile’.

‘Laughter kills fear, and without fear there can be no faith. For without fear of the devil there is no need for God’.

‘I like women. I don’t understand them, but I like them’.

‘I left Scotland when I was 16 because I had no qualifications for anything but the Navy, having left school at 13’.

‘I haven’t found anywhere in the world where I want to be all the time. The best of my life is the moving. I look forward to going’.

‘There is nothing like a challenge to bring out the best in man’.

‘There’s one major difference between James Bond and me. He is able to sort out problems!’

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Quote: Pierce Brosnan

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Pierce PT 1‘I think you make the best with what you’ve got, you know? Sometimes you have very little. And you just always try to rise to higher ground, because you’re going to suffer one way or the other, so you just hope that you have strength and perseverance and good friends and faith, some kind of faith, to endure and move on to greener pastures.’

‘You can get totally messed up trying to please everyone with what you do, but ultimately, you have to please yourself.’

‘James Bond is one of those heroes that all guys feel they could actually be like.’

‘People should be allowed to marry, and gay marriage should be out there. If a man or a woman has a good partner and they love each other with their heart and soul, let them marry. I am very much for gay marriage.’

‘Love means that everything is right with the world. Love and only love. Love means that you are content within your own heart and in the presence of the person that you love, who fills your day and makes you stronger and wiser, and gives you the confidence to go out into the world. Love is just the most beautiful, joyous feeling.’

‘I realise how precious life is, probably because I’ve seen how it can be taken away.’

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Quote: Roger Moore

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‘Teach love, generosity, good manners and some of that will drift from the classroom to the home and who knows, the children will be educating the parents’.

‘I’ve learnt that through life you just get on with it. You’re going to meet a lot of dishonest people along the line and you say good luck to them. I hope they live in comfort. Then I start sticking more pins in their effigies’.

‘My father believed in toughness, honesty, politeness and being on time. All very important lessons’.MTE1ODA0OTcxNzMwMDQ0NDI5

‘I am a mixture of idealist and realist’.

‘If you don’t have humour, then you may as well nail the coffin lid down now’.

‘My acting range has always been something between the two extremes of ‘raises left eyebrow’ and ‘raises right eyebrow.’’

‘The wonderful thing about age is that your knees don’t work as well, you can’t run down steps quite as easily and obviously you can’t lift heavy weights. But your mind doesn’t feel any different’.

‘We all have a responsibility in life to do what we can to help those less fortunate’.

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Quote: Timothy Dalton

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Timothy Dalton actor as Bond July 1988dbase MSI‘You can’t relate to a superhero, to a superman, but you can identify with a real man who in times of crisis draws forth some extraordinary quality from within himself and triumphs but only after a struggle.’

‘Real courage is knowing what faces you and knowing how to face it.’

‘I’m guessing the stress of having to write for a deadline can be inspiring. Sometimes, pressure is good.’168893.1

‘I don’t think anyone should grow up wanting to go around killing people. I don’t think anyone should grow up wanting to be a secret agent.’

‘If you grow up in Britain, you just do Shakespeare. If you go and work in a theatre once or twice or three times in your life, you’re going to end up doing a Shakespeare, because he’s obviously such a brilliant, brilliant writer.’

‘If you want to believe in the fantasy on screen, then you have to believe in the characters and use them as a stepping-stone to lead you into this fantasy world.’

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Quote: Christmas

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‘Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.’ –Calvin Coolidge

‘Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.’ -Dale Evans

‘It’s true; Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look quoteback on all the Christmases in your life, you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul.’ –Caroline Kennedy

‘Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.’ –Dr.Seuss

‘The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.’ –Charles Dudley

‘Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love.’ –Lucinda Franks

‘I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.’ – Charles Dickens

‘The two most joyous times of the year are Christmas morning and the end of school.’ –Alice Cooper

‘I love Christmas, not just because of the presents but because of all the decorations and lights and the warmth of the season.’ –Ashley Tisdale

‘Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.’ – Dave Barry

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