John Green, Paper Towns (via kittymudface)
On the other hand, Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines.
Although, part of the point of Looking for Alaska was to deconstruct the Manic Pixie Dream Girl (Pudge thinks of Alaska as a MPDG, but there is more to her than that and Pudge has to deal with never really knowing who she really was), but the other themes were more prominent and so that particular one tends to get overlooked by readers. That’s why John wrote Paper Towns; because Alaska kind of failed in that respect. He has a video about it.
Katherines trends a bit closer to the trope, I guess, but at the same time consider that part of Colin’s problem is that he really doesn’t understand girls, and as such has had 19 failed relationships with girls all named Katherine (hence the title). He tries to develop a “formula of love” thing, but abandons it when he realizes that girls are people and so their actions can’t be predicted by an equation.
(The name thing also signals that Colin gets hung up on the superficial, until he learns that people are more complex than their names.)