Mandy is wrestling with a highly charged emotional response to a major pillar of support in her life being torn apart—does no one expect her to care at least a little bit about herself? Expecting her to deny herself entirely at age twelve and act like everything's hunky-dory is entirely unrealistic, and if she had done that, her detractors would just accuse her of being fake. Characters who actually deal with internal problems can't seem to win in fandoms, even though they're doing what any of us would probably do in their shoes. =/
Maybe I'm being a bit harsh, but I've never been much of a fan of the "whiny" interpretation of characters who have the gall to be upset that they're going through a rough time. I don't like it when people complain about Harry being angsty in Order of the Phoenix, I don't like it when people complain about Korra being weak in Legend of Korra, and I don't like it when people complain about Mandy being whiny in Adventures in Odyssey. I'll be frank and say that I have no respect for that interpretation because it essentially denies the character in question a chance to express human emotions, and I will never not defend characters who are so inaccurately accused.
Her behavior was not entirely justified, however; I will point out that she did display some selfishness, even though it was never to the extent of which she is accused. Part of the point of "Life in the Third Person" was her learning to move on from herself and her desires into what God wants. Selfishness was a character flaw, and she learned to deal with it; her entire character should not be written off because she displayed a flaw, and said flaw should never be exaggerated the way I see that it is.
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