The co-anchors dissed the actress for her answers and disinterest, and cut the session short.
John Green, the novelist from which the plot was taken, defended his friend on his blog. Well, you know the man can write. Previously his YA books gave Hollywood last year’s great film The Fault in Our Stars. His defense that the TV folks wrongly called her Carla, and asked her if she read his book (while most times male co-star Nat Wolff was asked when he read it) and told her she looked tired is right on.
It’s a bit of life imitating life nevertheless.
Green’s story, adapted for the screen by Scott Neustadter and directed by Jake Schreier, is all about young people finding themselves amid others throwing things at them that don’t please them.
Margo grows up in an Orlando subdivision across the street from Wolff’s Quentin, fast friends from the day she moves in, adventerous as he dares to follow her on their little-kid bikes. Once they reach high school, she’s one of the cool kids, a mysterious girl who acts out whenever while running with a crew that includes best friend Lacey, the school beauty played well for her frustrated never-noticed smarts by Halston Sage. His eyes are always on her from afar as he pals around with best friends Ben and Radar, played with just the right amount of nerd intellect and awkwardness by Austin Abrams and Justice Smith.
Then one night Margo climbs in Q’s window and asks for his help as a driver and companion a trip of retribution. She’s discovered that her boyfriend has been cheating with the No. 2 girl on her list, and thinks Lacey’s known and hasn’t told, and has drawn up one hell of a plan to get back and everybody.
Q helps and feels alive. But the next morning, Margo is gone, and the disappearance stretches until the cops appear and question Q. He’s drawn into the drama by clues he’s sure Margo has left just for their newly rekindled love, and the three amigos, with Lacey and Radar’s girlfriend in tow, take off on a trip to a Paper Town in upstate New York to find their friend.
They discover a lot about themselves, and the handful of teens around me in the sparse Thursday matinee crowd in the Regal Cinemas theater in the Syracuse Shoppingtown Mall seemed to enjoy the trip, although lone old man me was the only one to laugh out loud at some of the more humorous moments. Yeah, I found their convenience story sprint to stay on schedule to make it back for the prom funny, as well as the clean T-shirt reveal moment of World’s Greatest Grandma for Ben and Confederate Flag for African American Radar.
The moral of the story was easily transferable through generations, too. No spoiler here, really. Don’t build somebody up to be bigger than life, or you’re bound to be disappointed by their human frailties.
It’s a good YA message, and I like John Green even more for backing up his friends for being human in real life, too.
Have you read any of the John Green novels, and if so, what do you think of them? Are you familiar with any of these young actors, and if so, what impression have they made on you? Do you think the Sacramento local morning TV show hosts owe Cara Delevingne an apology for their interview questions, and if so, should she go back on the show?