Yet in many ways, prom night actually does signify a culmination of Quentin’s and Ben’s high school careers, though in very different ways than they might have initially predicted. Ben unintentionally yanks Quentin away from his desired night alone with the idea of Margo. Although Quentin is initially angry that Ben and the partygoers have derailed his plan, Quentin eventually realizes that his friends need him, and that spending his life obsessing solely over Margo would mean that he would be missing out on his own experiences and his own life. Ben had always seen prom as the promised land of popularity. The actually important takeaways from prom, however, are the friends that Ben had the whole time: Quentin and Lacey. Ben’s new, budding, real relationship with Lacey that began as a relationship forged out of convenience has deepened into something much more solid.