9 Reasons Why John Green’s Looking For Alaska Heroine is the Worst

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When I finished reading John Green‘s Looking for Alaska, three things went through my mind. The first was that this book was okay. Not great. Not really good. But just okay. Second, the only character that I actually liked and found relatable was The Colonel. I absolutely loved his humor! And finally, I thought that the infamous Alaska Young was by far one of the most self-centered and obnoxious fictional characters I’ve ever encountered in a novel.

I won’t lie, though. At first, it was hard to see Alaska for who she really was, because the story was told from the point of view of a lovesick guy who constantly knelt at the feet of her altar. In Pudge’s eyes, she was “the hottest girl in all of human history” and she “smelled of sweat and sunshine and vanilla” (barf). She immediately came off as this gorgeous, whimsical, smart, and complicated young feminist. And her unpredictability only made me want to get to know her more. But then, her behavior throughout the book revealed that she was just a manipulative and selfish girl who didn’t really care to help herself or her friends.

I suddenly realized that Green’s attempt to paint Alaska as this cool, complex and beautiful individual was actually a major failure, because she only turned out to be a spoiled and misunderstood brat. Though I appreciated the discussion of religion and how it relates to the labyrinth of suffering, I believe that the main purpose of this book was to trick readers into thinking that Alaska was a good person. It was hard to empathize with her because Green basically tried to endear a helpless and pathetic character who had no intention of saving herself. These are the nine reasons why I think Alaska from John Green’s Looking For Alaska is actually the worst:

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