Paper Towns

Paper Towns

Quentin’s other best friend, whose real name is Marcus. More easygoing than either Quentin or Ben, Radar is exceptionally intelligent and has a particular gift for computer science. He is an obsessive user of a reference website called Omnictionary. Radar is compassionate and perceptive, and often mediates conflict between Quentin and Ben. He is extremely useful to and supportive of Quentin in the search for Margo, and tends to grasp the meaning of Margo’s clues more easily than his friends. Radar falls in love with Angela over the course of the novel. His parents own the world’s largest collection of black Santas.

Radar Quotes in Paper Towns

The Paper Towns quotes below are all either spoken by Radar or refer to Radar. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Part 1, Chapter 1 Quotes

It was so pathetically easy to forget about Chuck, to talk about prom even though I didn’t give a shit about prom. Such was life that morning: nothing really mattered much, not the good things and not the bad ones. We were in the business of mutual amusement, and we were reasonably prosperous.

Related Characters: Quentin Jacobsen (speaker), Ben Starling, Radar, Chuck Parson
Page Number: 18
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Part 2, Chapter 14 Quotes

“You know your problem, Quentin? You keep expecting people not to be themselves. I mean, I could hate you for being massively unpunctual and for never being interested in anything other than Margo Roth Spiegelman, and for, like, never asking me about how it’s going with my girlfriend — but I don’t give a shit, man, because you’re you.”

Related Characters: Radar (speaker), Quentin Jacobsen, Ben Starling
Page Number: 194
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Part 2, Chapter 16 Quotes

I couldn’t help but think about school and everything else ending. I liked standing just outside the couches and watching them — it was a kind of sad I didn’t mind, and so I just listened, letting all the happiness and the sadness of this ending swirl around in me, each sharpening the other. For the longest time, it felt kind of like my chest was cracking open, but not precisely in an unpleasant way.

Related Characters: Quentin Jacobsen (speaker), Ben Starling, Radar, Lacey Pemberton
Page Number: 215
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Radar Character Timeline in Paper Towns

The timeline below shows where the character Radar appears in Paper Towns. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 1
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...Wednesday morning. He learns from his best friend Ben Starling that another of their friends, Radar, has made plans to go to prom with a girl named Angela, whom neither of... (full context)
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Ben and Quentin meet Radar in the hall. Radar deflects conversation about his relationship with Angela by talking about Omnictionary,... (full context)
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...dreadlocks approaches them, and Quentin realizes that this is Angela. Angela tells the boys that Radar — who has a different lunch period, and so is not with them — hasn’t... (full context)
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Talking with Radar after lunch, Quentin and Ben tell him about their conversation with Angela. They tease Radar... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 7
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...house and drive to the other side of the subdivision to regroup. Quentin remembers that Radar has the log-in information for the school directory. Radar doesn’t pick up his phone, so... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 1
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...that Margo’s car is missing from the parking lot, but is not troubled. He and Radar talk about prom, until Ben arrives and asks Quentin’s reason for calling him the night... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 3
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...the Spiegelmans, and Ben suggests they discuss the issue further over a game of “Resurrection.” Radar arrives and he and Ben play the video game while Quentin speculates aloud about Margo’s... (full context)
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...a man holding a guitar, which is painted with the words: “This Machine Kills Fascists.” Radar searches for the phrase on Omnictionary and tells Quentin that the man is Woody Guthrie,... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 4
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Quentin and Radar sit in the Jacobsen’s living room and wait for the Spiegelmans and Detective Warren to... (full context)
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Quentin shows the album to Radar and Ben. They take the album from its sleeve and are disappointed to find that... (full context)
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Quentin knows that Walt Whitman is a nineteenth-century American poet. Radar searches Whitman’s name on Omnictionary, but finds no information about any of the poet’s nieces.... (full context)
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Radar wonders aloud why Margo would leave clues for Quentin this time, when she has always... (full context)
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...house, and after paging through Leaves of Grass without finding any obvious clues, Ben and Radar go home. Quentin spends the rest of the afternoon reading the longest poem in the... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 5
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...class on Moby Dick. After class ends, he sits in RHAPAW waiting for Ben and Radar to finish band practice and wondering what Margo might be doing in New York. When... (full context)
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Radar is certain that the two lines in “Song of Myself” that Margo highlighted in green... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 6
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Quentin, Radar, and Ben return to Jefferson Park. Ruthie lets them into Margo’s room, and they remove... (full context)
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Quentin and Radar follow Ben back to his house. They play video games and discuss Margo. Ben insists... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 7
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...and go in the morning, saying he is tired of having perfect attendance. Ben and Radar, whom Quentin calls after hanging up with Ben, both make plans to fake illness so... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 8
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...bug. She leaves for work, telling him to call if he needs anything. Ben and Radar arrive shortly after she leaves. They are blasting music, and the three of them drive... (full context)
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...— a subdivision abandoned before it could be completed. A few miles past Grovepoint Acres, Radar announces that they are getting close to their destination. Quentin finds his excitement has faded... (full context)
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...him that she might still have wanted to die. The smell of rot is overpowering. Radar calls Margo’s name, but there is no answer. Quentin is afraid with a visceral intensity... (full context)
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Ben tells Quentin they should leave and bring the police. Radar insists they cannot leave until they have gotten into the building and found whatever Margo... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 9
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Quentin, Radar, and Ben walk around the back of the building and discover the bloated corpse of... (full context)
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Radar attempts to open a door, but has no success. Ben decides he is going to... (full context)
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...in orange beside it. In the room beyond, there is another hole. Quentin, Ben, and Radar climb through both holes and emerge into what Ben recognizes as an abandoned souvenir store.... (full context)
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...to have been recently painted. Under the paint, Quentin can make out faint red graffiti. Radar drops the small flashlight they have been using, and the indirect light illuminates the graffitied... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 10
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Quentin sends an instant message to Radar, telling him his theory. Radar tells Quentin to calm down, though he admits that the... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 11
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Quentin hangs out with Ben and Radar after school, but he declines their invitation to come along to a pre-prom party, and... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 13
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...trivial and embarrassing. He commiserates with sober, annoyed Angela, and learns from a very drunk Radar that he and his friends have become “like folk heroes” to the popular kids, who... (full context)
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...of empty beer cans that have been glued together. Ben tells Quentin that he and Radar have made a pact to be naked under their robes at graduation, and Quentin agrees... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 14
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After leaving his message to Ben, Quentin calls Radar. Radar arrives at Quentin’s house a few minutes later, and Quentin describes the things he... (full context)
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Radar mentions he been monitoring Omnictionary for activity from Margo’s account and tracking the IP addresses... (full context)
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Radar suggests inviting Ben to brainstorm and play video games. When Quentin refuses, Radar suggests he... (full context)
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Waiting for Ben to arrive, Quentin asks Radar about Angela. Radar says things are good between them, that they did not have sex... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 16
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After school on Tuesday, Quentin and Lacey wait together for Ben and Radar to finish band practice. The four of them have made plans to visit the strip... (full context)
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In the car, heading toward the strip mall, Radar states his belief that Margo has gone on a tour of America’s strangest roadside attractions,... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 17
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...to the last pseudovision on his list, Logan Pines, Quentin gets a call from Ben. Radar’s parents have left town — a black Santa collector in Pittsburgh has died suddenly, and... (full context)
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Quentin drives back to Jefferson Park. He arrives at Radar’s house to find Radar putting away the nicest of the black Santas to keep them... (full context)
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The party is relaxed, with little drinking and lots of storytelling. Ben, Radar, and Quentin reaffirm their commitment to being naked under their robes at graduation, and some... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 18
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Early the next morning, Quentin tells Radar about his new hypothesis — that the holes in the wall at the strip mall... (full context)
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Searching through a box of maps and brochures in the strip mall, Quentin and Radar discover a map called “Five Thousand American Cities.” Quentin sees pinholes in the corners and... (full context)
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...They agree that Margo must have used it to plan her schemes and dramatic gestures. Radar and Ben sign on, and Radar announces his new theory: that Margo will return in... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 19
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At school the next day, Radar tells Quentin that he has built a new program for Omnictionary, which allows users to... (full context)
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After school, Quentin decides to clean out his locker while Radar and Ben attend band practice to rehearse the graduation concert. He soon grows overwhelmed by... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 20
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Quentin tells Radar about the minivan. He agrees to let Radar store a cooler full of beer in... (full context)
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After getting out of the shower, Quentin turns on the program Radar created a few days earlier, that collects the first sentences of all the articles related... (full context)
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...45 minutes until, according to the comment, Margo is scheduled to leave Agloe. He calls Radar and Ben, who are at school waiting for graduation to begin. Radar is amazed by... (full context)
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Radar and Ben convince Quentin to stop by the school on his way out of town,... (full context)
Part 3, The First Hour
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...role: Lacey takes stock of the sparse food and supplies they have in the car, Radar plans their gas station stops and calculates the speed they’ll need to travel to reach... (full context)
Part 3, Hour 2
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...Spy, in which they are only allowed to “spy” abstract concepts, rather than physical objects. Radar spies something “tragically hip.” Quentin suggests a road trip in a minivan would fit the... (full context)
Part 3, Hour 3
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...a detailed shopping list in preparation for their first gas station stop, which according to Radar’s itinerary is still two hours away. Ben is now desperate to pee, and since they... (full context)
Part 3, Hour 4
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...be able to get everything they need — food, gas, and clothes for Ben and Radar, among other things — in the six minutes Radar has allotted for the stop. When... (full context)
Part 3, Hour 5
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...to buy. She remarks that she cannot eat the junk food he bought for himself, Radar, and Ben, because it will make her fat. Quentin finally coaxes her into trying a... (full context)
Part 3, Hour 6
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Stuck in traffic in South Carolina, Quentin and Radar invent a game in which they take turns imagining the lives of people in neighboring... (full context)
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Radar’s alternative version of the woman’s life story makes Quentin think of all the ways human... (full context)
Part 3, Hour 8
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...is willing to pee into a mostly-empty bottle of Bluefin energy drink, which he and Radar have been drinking to stay awake, and that he appreciates the turquoise color urine makes... (full context)
Part 3, Hour 9
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Quentin and Radar discover, as the hour approaches when they are supposed to trade places with the still-sleeping... (full context)
Part 3, Hour 10
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As they prepare for their next gas station stop, Radar and Quentin wake Lacey and Ben. Quentin buys pants and a new t-shirt for Radar,... (full context)
Part 3, Hour 12
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It is 2:40 a.m. and Quentin is driving while Radar and Lacey sleep. Ben sits in the passenger seat. He admits that he is worried... (full context)
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...fear of what they have just experienced, but otherwise they are both unharmed. Lacey and Radar are awake, and are both unharmed as well. Lacey climbs into the front seat to... (full context)
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...the back of the car. Afraid it might be gas, they abandon the car, but Radar soon discovers it is beer, leaking from the broken bottles in the cooler. They inspect... (full context)
Part 3, Hour 13
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As they continue driving, Radar, Lacey, and Quentin marvel aloud at what has just happened. They praise Ben lavishly for... (full context)
Part 3, Hour 14
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...broken glass and spilled soda from the floor of the minivan as best they can. Radar estimates that the cost of replacing the sliding door will be more than $300. For... (full context)
Part 3, Hour 19
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Quentin wakes up to find Radar and Ben evaluating possible names for the minivan. Ben wants to name it Muhammad Ali,... (full context)
Part 3, Hour 20
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...with my little eye something I really like.” The answer turns out to be “Lacey.” Radar mocks Ben for his sappiness, and decides they will all be happier if they sing... (full context)
Part 3, Agloe
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...outside the barn, and Quentin leaps out of the car and runs to investigate. Ben, Radar, and Lacey follow him into the barn. Inside, they find Margo writing in her notebook.... (full context)
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...infuriates Lacey, who calls Margo a bitch and storms out of the barn. Ben and Radar follow her, but Quentin stays behind. (full context)
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Margo takes Quentin to the motel where Lacey, Radar, and Ben are staying. They promise to call and write, and Quentin says he will... (full context)