Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Penguin Books
Released: 10 May 2012, first published in 2006
Length: 227 pages
Format: paperback from the library
Book Blurb: Katherine V thought boys were gross Katherine X just wanted to be friends Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail K-19 broke his heart When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.
On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun–but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.
My Thoughts: There is something different about John Green’s books that make them different to other young adult books.
This is a coming of age story. One that I’m not sure too many people could identify with. Only dating people with the same name. Being super quick at anagramming almost everything into structurally sound sentences. Having parents let their teen-aged son take off on a quest of self-discovery after a girl dumped him. But there is something about Colin Singleton that’s relate-able, and it isn’t just the heartbreak.
One thing I really like about this story: even though there are plenty of mathematical algebraic(?, that’s me pretending to be smart) equations, by no means does it leave you feeling dumb. They are well explained by Colin and the footnotes. And the footnotes, I think they added to this story’s originality. It doesn’t make for good listening. A friend was listening to the audiobook and couldn’t quite understand what was going on, so make sure you have a physical copy with you.
I’m finding with John Green novels, he takes the boy meets girl expectations and gives them a simple twist. Like with TFIOS & Paper Towns, you would move mountains for that happy ending but when those final pages come around, you are happy with where the story has gone. It’s not the “happily ever after” you expect from YA.
Author Stalker Links
I honestly think everyone knows John Green. He’s pretty popular on the YouTubes with his bro Hank and in the book world, especially among the YA readers. But just incase you live under a rock, you can find John with these links:
Final Comments: If you’ve read John Green and haven’t read this one, make sure you do! If you haven’t read anything by John Green, this is a good one to ease you into the heartbreak that is TFIOS.