Paper Towns

Paper Towns

Lacey Pemberton Character Analysis

Margo’s best friend, who Margo wrongly believes hid Jase’s cheating from her. Lacey begins dating Ben shortly after Margo’s disappearance, and bonds with Quentin as she becomes more involved in his search for Margo. Lacey is kindhearted and sincere, though she struggles with body image issues and craves the acceptance of her peers.

Lacey Pemberton Quotes in Paper Towns

The Paper Towns quotes below are all either spoken by Lacey Pemberton or refer to Lacey Pemberton. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Speak edition of Paper Towns published in 2009.
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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Lacey Pemberton Character Timeline in Paper Towns

The timeline below shows where the character Lacey Pemberton appears in Paper Towns. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 2
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...least five of them involve a getaway man.” Quentin resists, telling Margo she should get Lacey or Becca to help her, but Margo tells him that Lacey and Becca are part... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 5
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...eighth part of their adventure will be easier. She explains that their next target is Lacey, who has been her friend since Kindergarten, but didn’t tell her about Jase and Becca.... (full context)
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When they arrive at Lacey’s car, Margo jimmies the lock open. Quentin helps her hide a fish — which, like... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 5
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On Monday morning, Quentin arrives at school to find Lacey waiting for him outside the band room. She has heard that Quentin and Margo were... (full context)
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...minutes into class, he sees Ben doing a victory dance outside the classroom door — Lacey has agreed to go to prom with him. (full context)
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At lunch, Quentin finds Ben and Lacey waiting at his locker. Lacey tells Quentin that Margo never allowed people into her room,... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 6
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...might happen if he does. Ben suggests that Margo may have faked her fight with Lacey, and instructed Lacey to ingratiate herself with the boys and pass on information about Quentin... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 7
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Later that evening, Ben calls Quentin. He is preparing to go shopping with Lacey, to help her pick shoes for prom. Quentin scoffs at this. Ben confesses that he... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 11
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...can no longer bear to listen to their conversations about prom and other ordinary things. Lacey cries at the thought of Margo committing suicide, but Quentin keeps pushing her to think... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 13
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...Jase accidentally call Becca by Margo’s name. He goes into the nearby bathroom and finds Lacey sitting in the empty bathtub. She invites him to sit with her. She tells Quentin... (full context)
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Lacey asks Quentin to take her to the strip mall, and Quentin tells her about discovering... (full context)
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Around 5 o’clock, Quentin wakes Lacey. They go upstairs and find Ben carrying a sword made of empty beer cans that... (full context)
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Driving home with Ben sleeping in the backseat, Lacey admits to Quentin that Ben “tries too hard” — that he wants badly and obviously... (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... (full context)
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...Minnesota. Ben repeats his conviction that Margo is in Orlando, watching them look for her. Lacey defends the possibility of New York. Quentin thinks about how each of them have formed... (full context)
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...the strip mall, Quentin and his friends encounter another group of people exploring the building. Lacey recognizes Gus, the security guard from the SunTrust Building, among them. Gus confirms that Margo... (full context)
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Gus remarks that Margo “seemed pretty depressed.” This makes Lacey furious, and she screams at him, cursing him for never asking Margo why she seemed... (full context)
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With the explorers gone, Quentin and his friends look around the rooms. Lacey says she remembers Margo’s black notebook, though she never saw Margo writing in it. She... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 17
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...Radar gives them credit for, when Ben appears in the bedroom. He tells them that Lacey has just kissed him, and that he’s afraid he isn’t very good at kissing. Quentin... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 18
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At home, Quentin studies for his Latin final and talks with Lacey over instant messenger about Margo’s black notebook. They agree that Margo must have used it... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 19
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...to one hundred Omnictionary articles related to the category. Ben arrives, saying that he and Lacey spent the night plotting different possible routes Margo could have taken between the five points... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 20
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...store a cooler full of beer in the trunk, so they can take it to Lacey’s graduation party that night. In the shower, it occurs to him that he can go... (full context)
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...He does so, hastily. When he returns to his car, Quentin finds Ben, Radar, and Lacey waiting for him. They have decided to skip graduation as well, and go with him... (full context)
Part 3, The First Hour
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As their trip begins, everyone in the car settles into a role: Lacey takes stock of the sparse food and supplies they have in the car, Radar plans... (full context)
Part 3, Hour 3
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Lacey makes a detailed shopping list in preparation for their first gas station stop, which according... (full context)
Part 3, Hour 4
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As they prepare to make their first gas station stop, Lacey choreographs an elaborate scheme to ensure that they will be able to get everything they... (full context)
Part 3, Hour 5
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Sorting through their new provisions as they continue on their drive, Lacey is frustrated to find that Quentin forgot the healthy food she instructed him to buy.... (full context)
Part 3, Hour 9
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...the hour approaches when they are supposed to trade places with the still-sleeping Ben and Lacey, that they have consumed too much Bluefin to imagine falling asleep. They agree to let... (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, which has the slogan... (full context)
Part 3, Hour 11
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...the construction zone, where it is impossible to drive faster than 35 miles per hour. Lacey requests an unscheduled stop so she can use the bathroom. They find a gas station,... (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 about how... (full context)
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...by the 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... (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 his... (full context)
Part 3, Hour 15-18
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...chains. He likes that the country looks exactly the same no matter where they travel. Lacey straps Quentin in the back and encourages him to sleep. As he dozes off, Quentin... (full context)
Part 3, Hour 19
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...minivan. Ben wants to name it Muhammad Ali, and Radar wants to name it Lurlene. Lacey informs Quentin that they are in New York. Quentin tells Lacey he is scared. She... (full context)
Part 3, Hour 20
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...spy 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... (full context)
Part 3, Hour 21
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As they get close to Agloe, Lacey and Quentin begin listing everything they know about Margo, from the make of her car... (full context)
Part 3, Agloe
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...Quentin and his friend spot a crumbling barn in the field beside a dirt road. Lacey recognizes Margo’s car parked outside the barn, and Quentin leaps out of the car and... (full context)
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...— no tears or embraces. She asks what they are doing in Agloe, and when Lacey says how worried they have been, Margo brushes her off with chipper comments about being... (full context)
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Lacey calls Quentin’s cell phone, asking to speak to Margo. While they talk, apparently amiably, Quentin... (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... (full context)