Before I write anything about the book itself, the reasons why I read this book:
— Bought this one from the airport to read during travel time last week
— Catchy Title and the idea of a person being dumped by 19 Katherines intrigued me.
— The Book cover was red – my favourite (learnt a lesson: “One should not judge a book by it’s (cover) colour!!), BTW, I have used a different cover page as the image here cos that shows the so-very relevant formulae 😉
— After reading The Fault in Our Stars, I did want to read more from John Green.
So, yeah there I was .. with this book in my handbag when I boarded the plane. I was pretty sure, I would finish it before the plane landed but I took quite sometime, not-to-mention because I wanted to start the others I have in queue.
It’s about a weird prodigy boy Colin Singleton, his best friend Hassan, a girl called Lindsey they meet on their road trip and 19 Katherines!! There is no dearth of weird things in this book, from characters to the story (or whatever it is!) to the graphs (yes, relationships graphs!).
Colin dates only girls named Katherines and he has topped the “being-Dumpee” qualification! 19 Katherines have dumped him. After the 19th blow to his love-life, he goes on a road trip with Hassan, where he meets this girl Lindsey who has a boy-friend called Colin!! Sheer Coincidence!
Colin loves anagrams, can remember stupid facts and he invents a formula for relationships! The formula predicts who will be the dumper and dumpee and how long will the relationship last!! A very unusual discovery indeed! The theorem/formula has all sorts of variants etc to accommodate various factors that could affect a relationship and it actually validates behaviour of 18 Katherines. How smart of Colin!
Lindsey has a weird hang-out place in a forest where she keeps pillows and blankets and other stuff to make it a COOL place (yes, Colin is not the only weirdo). She shows the place to Colin… Colin falls for someone-not-a-Katherine and for Lindsey it’s a second Colin! He plots the graph and finds out she will dump him in four days and of-course she does!
There is an Appendix which has about a dozen graphs for different relationships. I din’t bother to check them all. Too many footnotes throughout. I literally wanted to pull my hair lot of times 😀
Guess, other John Green books in my TBR list would need to wait for sometime!
Some Quotes (I would recommend reading the theorem and its examples to everyone!!)
“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.”
“You don’t remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened.”
“You can never love someone as much as you miss them.”
“It’s just that I learned a while ago that the best way to get people to like you is not to like them too much.”
“There’s a stark difference between the words ‘prodigy’ and ‘genius.’ Prodigies can very quickly learn what other people have already figured out; geniuses discover that which no one has ever previously discovered. Prodigies learn; geniuses do.”