Today’s book up for review is probably my favorite John Green title, although not my favorite John Green book. Actually, this is probably my least favorite of his books, which is saying something, since I still really like this one. Oh, let’s face it – I love everything this man writes. I’m a fangirl and proud of it!
But on to the book. This is the story of Colin, a former child prodigy who is no longer a child, trying to recover from his latest breakup with a girl named Katherine. Yes, I said his “latest” – Colin has dated 19 girls named Katherine, and every single one of the has dumped him. Naturally, Colin is heartbroken and wants to do nothing but mope, but that is not meant to be. His best friend Hassan, a Muslim and unapologetic Judge Judy fan, decides that what Colin needs is a road trip. Because that’s what best friends are for.
Seriously, everyone needs a Hassan in their life. He is definitely my favorite character in this book, by far.
So Colin and Hassan hit the road and end up in Gunshot, Tennessee, where they meet Lindsey, a girl who gives tours of the tomb of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand (who could not possibly be buried there), and Hollis, Lindsey’s mother, who owns the one huge employer in Gunshot, a textile mill that makes the strings for tampons. While staying with them, Colin realizes what his main problem is – he needs to do something with his genius, one big thing that will be his life’s work. His plan – to create a mathematical equation to predict the result of any future relationships. He calls it “The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability” and spends a good part of his time in Gunshot working on this. He and Hassan also get to meet the people of the town while working on a project for Hollis, interviewing everyone to try and preserve Gunshot’s history. Along the way, Colin realizes that maybe it’s time to give up on Katherines, and maybe give a Lindsey a chance.
This book is full of random facts, anagrams, and general hilarity. Was it a little over the top? At times, sure. But the characters are likeable and the story is fun. As I said, it’s not my favorite John Green book, but even a less than stellar John Green book is better than most of the other stuff out there. This book didn’t keep me up all night, like Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska did, but it’s well worth the read.