What quote should I use from John Green's "Looking for Alaska" to read to the class so they understand Alaska's personality?

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A quotation that demonstrates Alaska’s personality is when she tells Pudge that everyone has problems.

Pudge is in love with Alaska, whom he thinks is hot, and fascinated with her.  He notes her ease at finding people’s secrets, and the “casual malice” with which she insults others.  She seems to get away with everything, including drinking and smoking.

Alaska’s reaction to Pudge being thrown in the lake confuses him.

When Alaska explains to Pudge that everyone has problems, including her, it demonstrates how her carefree approach to life is covering her pain. 

“Come on.  You know what?  There are people with real problems.  I’ve got real problems.  Mommy ain’t here, so buck up, big guy.” (p. 27)

Throwing people in the lake is routine, but covering them with duct tape is not.  Yet when Alaska finds out, she decides to help Pudge get revenge.  This demonstrates that while she does not have sympathy for crybabies, she also does not allow injustice.