Finding Your Identity

Margo Roth Spiegelman (Cara Delevingne) and Quentin Jacobsen (Natt Wolff)

I think I have mentioned in my previous posts that I am one of the editors of our school paper. In line with this, I wrote a review in our paper for the movie Paper Towns so I wanted to share it with you guys (with some edits to make it more personal blog-ish hehe)


What is an identity? It is defined as the “distinct quality that makes up an individual”. As easy as it is to give its meaning, the difficult part is finding it. Many of us nowadays struggle to find our true selves. This is the main plot of the mystery-comedy-drama film “Paper Towns” which was released in cinemas last July . Based on the novel with the same title from the bestselling author John Green, Paper Towns focuses on the life of Quentin Jacobsen (Natt Wolff) and his escapade in finding his neighbor and childhood love interest Margo Roth Spiegelman (Cara Delevingne), who went into hiding. Along his quest, Quentin together with his friends Ben, Radar and Lacey, discover more about themselves and the “real” Margo as they find her in a “paper town” called Algoe, New York.

A “paper town” is a fictional place or entry in a map that cartographers make as a way to tell if others are copying them. In the movie, the paper town is located in Algoe, New York which actually existed. Everyone in school perceived Margo as the cool, mysterious, fun-loving, mischievous and most popular student – everything that people loved and looks good on paper, hence, a paper girl. But the truth was, Margo was struggling to find out who she really was and what she wanted in life. She went to Algoe because she said that this place is rightfully meant for her, “A paper town for a paper girl” as she said. On the other hand, Quentin had his whole life planned out ahead of him. He was getting good grades, about to graduate from high school, go to college, get a job and that was it. On his pursuit to find Margo, he learned that there should be times in his life where he must get out of his comfort zone, let his heart beat out of his chest and feel truly alive. These are two contrasting ideas which both have great points.

Paper towns is completely different from The Fault in Our Stars, the other John Green novel turned into a movie. It doesn’t make you feel giddy because of the romance, nor does it make you cry because of the feels. Its mystery, adventure, and sense of purpose make it stand by its own and make it different from other movies. More than that, this movie teaches us a lesson.  It teaches us that there is more to life than the ordinary and we have the power to explore all the options that we have. We should not be afraid to take risks because by taking and facing them, we might actually find who we really are and where we truly belong. We should use these risks and opportunities in planning what is ahead of us so that in this way, we get to achieve happiness and fulfillment in finding out our true identity.

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11 thoughts on “Finding Your Identity

  1. This sounds like an interesting film with a relevant message. I will look out for it at the local cinema. I know someone who could benefit from the ideas it generates.

  2. I think this is an interesting concept to consider and the idea of identity is all in the eye of the beholder. To me identity as what you make it to be and is not defined by labels.

  3. This sounds a really good film, definitely one for my teenager to watch, I junk the teen years are when you really begin to explore your identity and it never really stops.

  4. we actually went the cinema to watch this and we loved it. after watching it we then watched fault in our stars. two great movies

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