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John Green Week: Top 5 John Green Characters

It's no secret that I LOVE John Green's writing. A huge part of that love is due to the incredible (and oftentimes nerdish) characters. 

And since I know you're DYING to find out, here are my top five favorite, most-awesome, nerdalicious, fantastic and imaginative characters!

5. Alaska Young (Looking for Alaska)
What I love about Alaska is that she's smart, she's quirky, she's off-center and genuine. She's obviously marching to the beat of her own 808 drum beat, and I LOVE that she is always searching for something more out of life. Also, she pulls Pudge (Miles) out of his shell and sincerely cares about him. LOVE.

4. Quentin (Paper Towns)
This was a character that I found myself caring about in spite of myself. At times he came off as snivelly or whiny or naive, yet I still found myself growing to like him and want the best for him. And he had this way of viewing himself in relation to his friends and the rest of the world that I could totally identify with. Maybe I adore him so because he reminds me of hidden pieces of myself. Also, his name starts with a Q and I think that's rad.

3. Radar/Ben (Paper Towns)
Yeah, it's a tie. Deal with it. I LOVED the humor and depth they provided for Paper Towns. They loved Quentin and went on a massively open-ended road trip for him. You can't ask for better friends than that! OH WAIT. YOU TOTALLY CAN. Because they are both gamers. Excuse me while pop in my retainer to prepare for their arrival. 

2. Hassan (An Abundance of Katherines)
Obviously, John Green has a way of crafting the absolutely perfect best friend for the main character. This is most clear with Hassan. He is the antithesis of Colin. Laid back, lazy, seemingly unmotivated and driven purely by his desire to please the ladies and watch Judge Judy, he is the ying to Colin's yang. And there are few things I love more than an epic hetero-bromance. He is JUST BARELY in the #2 slot.

1. The Colonel (Looking for Alaska)
I think the Colonel may have very well been my first YA fictional crush. And can you BLAME ME? He certainly plays up the dumb jock stereotype, but this guy has depth like whoa. He's also hilarious, has a sweet southern drawl (at least he did in the audio-book so I'm rolling with it), gives Pudge his epic nickname, is That Guy that binds people together in every situation, sees and thinks more than you realize and is completely and totally faithful to the end.
I love him. And so should you.

Are there any characters from the John Green universe that I've neglected to mention that you feel should be in the top characters of all time? Let me know in the comments!

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. I adore Hassan! I mean, come on. He may have one of the best entry scenes EVER! I just re-read it and am laughing out loud AGAIN! I cannot read it without giggling. Thunderstick... ha ha ha ha. I have a 12 year old boy's sense of humor!


    I know, your next list will include him. Trust.

  3. HASSAN!!! I "fugging" loved him as well :)

  4. I have never read anything by him.. I really need to. Everyone keeps talking about his stuff! :)

  5. Heidi - HASSAN FOREVER!
    Ash - I think you're right.
    Tara - BAHAHAHA! Smart girl. :)
    April - YEAH you do!

  6. I love these characters. (: I can't believe John Green Week ends in a little less than an hour! Which means TFIOS will be here soon! Ah! (:

    Happy Reading, and John Green Week. DFTBA

  7. Ok confession time - I've NEVER read a John Green book! AH! Which one should I read first?? Please help me! :)

    P.S. I will be emailing you soon about a Hunger Games re-read for February/March.... :D

  8. Oh Radar. I totally nerd-crushed on him too.


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