I read Paper Towns by Green and absolutely loved it. So, I decided to read his previous books as well. This was a great coming-of-age/road trip story that was quirky and entertaining. A highly recommended read. I did like Paper Towns a bit better than this book, but this book was still a great read.
Colin is a child prodigy; he learned to read at an incredibly early age, knows a magnitude of strange random facts, and is constantly anagramming in his head. He also has a quirky thing for Katherines; he has dated 19 of them and been dumped by them all. After being dumped by Katherine 19 he has fallen into a funk; his buddy Hassan decides what Colin needs is a road trip. So off they go on a road trip. Colin is determined to use the time on the road to develop a mathematical theorem that will predict how long a relationship will last.
This was a fun read. Full of interesting footnotes and quirky mathematical equations; as well as interesting characters. All of the characters are exceedingly well done. Green’s writing is superb. He does a great job of putting a lot of interesting facts, a lot of quirkiness, great humor, and some coming of age lessons into this interesting read.
The book was very engaging; I never got bored. I liked all the funny facts that Colin knew, I also enjoyed Colin’s struggle to work through the mathematics to predict the relationship equation.
There wasn’t much that I didn’t like about this book. But I did like Green’s book Paper Towns better than this one, I think it is mainly the characters that make the difference. This book isn’t quite as adventurous or mysterious as Paper Towns was. I never really liked Colin all that much, he was a bit self-centered…that made a difference in how I liked the book overall.