Colin’s life is all laid out before him. He is a child prodigy after all, one friend, college applications, and excellent grades. But, the one thing that isn’t going right is Katherines. Colin has been dumped by 19 Katherines, not Catherines, Katies or Kates. Katherine XIX has dumped him and to deal with it Colin and the Judge Judy loving best friend head on a road trip. While in Podunk, TN, Colin decides on the greatest feat of his life, designing the algorithm that will predict how any relationship will end.
Part romance, part buddy cop road trip, part nerdy self-discovery this is the love story for all of us that had multiple relationships and “so much potential.” John Green has a habit of writing stories that make us cry, or angst, or question our hopes and dreams. And he does this with love stories that all speak to the teenager we are or were. For me, I connect with this book in a special way probably because I’m a major nerd and grew up as Potential Girl with one too many ex-boyfriends.
The relationship between Colin and his bff is pretty wonderful for starters. THey are two completely opposite, complete characters who represent the give and take in a real relationship. The side characters are all excellent too from the bully to the big mama bear. And each of these extra characters plays an important role in the story and character development. John Green has a talent for not wasting a single scene on a single page. It’s a talent that I greatly respect. Continue reading