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.
But by far the best part of this book is the math. The simple fact that the math is there, is sounds, and is mostly contained in a very well-written appendix. It easily could have been kitchy, but by limiting most of it to the appendix, the math avoids gimmick and maintains status as nifty quirk, especially when paired with the abundance of footnotes.
The funniest bits are reserved for the footnotes. Really with those footnotes this becomes extra hilarious for anyone who is academically minded. Quirks and all I give this a 4/5 mostly because I like a few tears with my love story.
Main characters: 5/5
Side characters: 5/5
World development: 3/5
Procrastination and Giggles,
The Red Queen
P.S. There are so many potent lines in this story it’s hard to select just one, but I think this is my favorite..
“I don’t think your missing pieces ever fit inside you again once they go missing.”