“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.”
Genre: Young Adult Fiction.
Number of Pages: 229.
This book follows Colin, a not-quite child prodigy as he searches for a mathematical formula for understanding getting dumped by not one, not two, but nineteen different Katherines. For a complete summary, you can go here.
I love John Green. I hated this book. It was one of his first books so I can understand (and appreciate) that his novels improved over time. But, man, this book just had me repeatedly asking: why do I care? The main drive of the book is for Colin to make a formula about your odds of being dumped. Why does he care? And if he really is as awkward and unlikeable as people say, how can he POSSIBLY find 19 girls named Katherine (and get all of them to date him, even if for just a little time)?
I am all for a little leeway in young adult books about parental leniency. But I really can’t believe his parents would let him go n a road trip and live with strangers in a small town for a summer. And why would the strangers invite random people to stay with them?
There were more unanswered questions than solved problems. I didn’t see the point of the story and I couldn’t get into the anagrams, theorems, or random facts in the form of footnotes. I think he tried too hard to be unique. This was a complete miss.
“You don’t remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened.”