Study Guide

Paper Towns Part 1, Chapter 5

By John Green

Part 1, Chapter 5

  • Margo wants to leave flowers for Karin, who told her of Jase's infidelity.
  • They race to Karin's house, and Quentin observes that when he floors the gas in the minivan "it whimpered" (1.5.4). The same thing happens to Quentin.
  • After leaving flowers, they drive to Jase's house to leave him a fish and a note.
  • His house has an alarm system, so they rush in, alarms blaring, and Margo throws the fish through a window (a closed window, breaking it) then spray-paints an M on the side of the house before running away.
  • Next stop is Lacey Pemberton, who made the mistake of minding her own business and not telling Margo Roth Spiegelman about Jase.
  • Margo squishes the fish under Lacey's backseat and orders Quentin to spray paint the roof of her car.
  • He does.
  • He holds up his blue finger and Margo holds up her own blue finger, and like a pair of ETs, they touch.