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Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 02 Apr 2015, 01:31

Somehow the universe has intervened. Or did Ben secretly have a magic genie not even John Green knew about? I don't know. But what I do know is that there was absolutely no way I could've predicted that Ben aka Mr. ITWASAKIDNEYINFECTION) would end up with Lacey as his prom date. How about you? What made your jaw drop? This, or something else?
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Post by ALynnPowers » 02 Apr 2015, 06:37

Spoiler alert:
When they had the almost wreck with the cow while driving and Ben saved the day because Q panicked. I almost had a heart attack. But it was awesome.

And then the follow up, "Hey, remember that time when we almost hit that cow..." back and forth they went on with for a while had me in stitches laughing, though my heart was still pounding from the adrenaline rush.

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Post by melbuhtoast » 02 Apr 2015, 13:00

ALynnPowers wrote:Spoiler alert:
When they had the almost wreck with the cow while driving and Ben saved the day because Q panicked. I almost had a heart attack. But it was awesome.

And then the follow up, "Hey, remember that time when we almost hit that cow..." back and forth they went on with for a while had me in stitches laughing, though my heart was still pounding from the adrenaline rush.
I am with you on that one. My heart was POUNDING after they almost hit that cow! I actually felt like I was in the car with them.

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Post by bluemel4 » 02 Apr 2015, 14:03

For me the most jaw dropping thing was how utterly clueless Quentin is about what his search for Margo is really about. Part of him was avoiding having to say goodbye to his routine, his life, and his childhood. He went on a wild chase to find Margo to the point of ignoring his friends and family. It was easier to solve the puzzle then actually face what the last days of H.S. really meant. I wanted to smack him!
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Post by Ashley3255 » 09 Apr 2015, 21:28

bluemel4 wrote:For me the most jaw dropping thing was how utterly clueless Quentin is about what his search for Margo is really about. Part of him was avoiding having to say goodbye to his routine, his life, and his childhood. He went on a wild chase to find Margo to the point of ignoring his friends and family. It was easier to solve the puzzle then actually face what the last days of H.S. really meant. I wanted to smack him!
I felt the exact same way! I was so mad at him for that. I feel like him doing all of that was for nothing.

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Post by Christinar81 » 12 Apr 2015, 14:31

Spoiler Alert!!!

The most jaw dropping part for me was the end when they find Margo. That fact that she was shocked and wanted to know how they found her. She hadn't even left all the clues for them on purpose. She didn't want to be found, but Q and his friends did an amazing job figuring it out for themselves.

That ending really threw me off. I was expecting her to be dead or about to kill herself. The fact that she didn't even know they were coming to find her, shocked me.
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Post by bluemel4 » 12 Apr 2015, 14:39

Christinar81 wrote:Spoiler Alert!!!

The most jaw dropping part for me was the end when they find Margo. That fact that she was shocked and wanted to know how they found her. She hadn't even left all the clues for them on purpose. She didn't want to be found, but Q and his friends did an amazing job figuring it out for themselves.

That ending really threw me off. I was expecting her to be dead or about to kill herself. The fact that she didn't even know they were coming to find her, shocked me.
I thought Margo was going to be found dead until Quentin found the post about Agloe with Margo's signature capitalization. I was a little shocked that she was upset that they found her.
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Post by trabernathy29 » 14 Apr 2015, 12:51

Lol, Ben was pretty cool and yes, that was shocking that he ended up with Lacey. I think my jaw dropping moment was that they all actually showed up at graduation without clothes underneath their gowns. I think that would have been epic had they actually stayed. Their parent's may have blown a gasket but it would have definitely went down in history. I also couldn't believe how much of a trooper Lacey was; she followed the guys on most of their journey's.

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Post by deah319 » 16 Apr 2015, 04:35

This may sound silly but the most shocking part for me was Radar's parents' collection of black Santas. The fact that they exist, that people collect them and that there's a Guiness Book of World Record for it. And I guess there's the cow. I'd say it's a tie.
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Post by gali » 16 Apr 2015, 07:08

The most jaw dropping part for me was that Margo didn't want to be found after all.
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Post by erasmus » 22 Apr 2015, 08:14

gali wrote:The most jaw dropping part for me was that Margo didn't want to be found after all.
I totally agree. I mean, I was even prepared for the eventuality that Margo might be dead. I didn't expect that she herself didn't want to be found! Excellent twist, that.
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Post by HoneyB » 22 Apr 2015, 16:38

Christinar81 wrote:Spoiler Alert!!!

The most jaw dropping part for me was the end when they find Margo. That fact that she was shocked and wanted to know how they found her. She hadn't even left all the clues for them on purpose. She didn't want to be found, but Q and his friends did an amazing job figuring it out for themselves.

That ending really threw me off. I was expecting her to be dead or about to kill herself. The fact that she didn't even know they were coming to find her, shocked me.
Yep, I agree with you! Not that I wanted her to die or anything. I thought what you thought, or that she may have been fighting something deeper in her home life (causing it to shape her outlook, like physical abuse), but she was just self-centered and a careless teenager.
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Post by erasmus » 22 Apr 2015, 18:44

HoneyB wrote:Yep, I agree with you! Not that I wanted her to die or anything. I thought what you thought, or that she may have been fighting something deeper in her home life (causing it to shape her outlook, like physical abuse), but she was just self-centered and a careless teenager.
It actually didn't cross my mind that she was being self-centered. However, now that you've said it, I realised that it's quite true. I also realised that it's the prerogative of teenagers to be self-centered. That's how they grow, right?
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Post by HoneyB » 23 Apr 2015, 10:42

erasmus wrote:
HoneyB wrote:Yep, I agree with you! Not that I wanted her to die or anything. I thought what you thought, or that she may have been fighting something deeper in her home life (causing it to shape her outlook, like physical abuse), but she was just self-centered and a careless teenager.
It actually didn't cross my mind that she was being self-centered. However, now that you've said it, I realised that it's quite true. I also realised that it's the prerogative of teenagers to be self-centered. That's how they grow, right?
Self-discovery would be their prerogative. And perhaps I judged too quickly - I'd just finished reading when I posted and was a little disappointed with the ending because I thought there would be some larger issue or fate for Margo but she did use her influence at school to keep the bullies back, and that wasn't a selfish move.
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Post by erasmus » 23 Apr 2015, 19:44

HoneyB wrote:
erasmus wrote:
HoneyB wrote:Yep, I agree with you! Not that I wanted her to die or anything. I thought what you thought, or that she may have been fighting something deeper in her home life (causing it to shape her outlook, like physical abuse), but she was just self-centered and a careless teenager.
It actually didn't cross my mind that she was being self-centered. However, now that you've said it, I realised that it's quite true. I also realised that it's the prerogative of teenagers to be self-centered. That's how they grow, right?
Self-discovery would be their prerogative. And perhaps I judged too quickly - I'd just finished reading when I posted and was a little disappointed with the ending because I thought there would be some larger issue or fate for Margo but she did use her influence at school to keep the bullies back, and that wasn't a selfish move.
Haha, self-discovery does sound much better than being self-centered. But yeah, I understand the thing about being disappointed with the ending. I guess that's also teenagers right? Thinking there's something bigger when sometimes it's just the way life is, that sometimes people just need to get away.

And I think I'll stop now. I'm not so good in the philosophical/metaphorical stuff.
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