Looking For Alaska has a worst case of Manic Pixie Dream Girl I have ever had the misfortune to come across.
Having bought this a few years ago when I was a naïve young female, I didn’t understand some types of relationships weren’t ones to aspire to. Specifically this kind of relationship.
She is highly dysfunctional to begin with. The things she says and does just don’t make sense at all, and the way Miles idolises Alaska is not normal, and even when he finds out she has a boyfriend he is still intent on the fact that she is the perfect person for him. The most amazing person that he will ever meet.
I just cant seem to find anything this book did well. It had problematic characters and a really damp ending. As a friend of mine said: “No number of rather pretty metaphors can make up for uninteresting characters and damp endings.” And I wholeheartedly agree with her.
John Green has his ups and downs, The Fault in Our Stars was a relatively good book, this unfortunately has made me not want to read the rest of his work. Sorry John, but you’ve lost a reader here.