Publisher: Speak (Penguin)
Genre: Young Adult
Challenges: I want more, Young Adult, Off the shelf
My rating: 4/5
Colin is a child prodigy, not to be confused with genius. He's getting ready to head off to college but before that happens he ends up taking a road trip with his friend Hassan. The road trip comes about as a way for Hassan to take Colin's mind off of being dumped, for the 19th time, by a girl named Katherine. See, Colin likes the name Katherine and seems to be attracted to it, and to only date women with that name. Yet, they always dump him.
Colin and Hassan end up in Gutshot, TN. Here they meet Lindsey, a girl their age, and end up staying with her and her Mom in a pink mansion for several weeks. During these weeks Colin works on creating a theorem that would show how long a relationship will last and who will be the dumpee, all based on the 19 Katherines.
This road trip ends up being a break through for Colin and Hassan, and even Lindsey. Colin does things he would have never done otherwise and he learns more about himself. In fact Lindsey and Hassan work through some things too.
Here's a quote that I really liked and I hope you will too:
"On the drive, no one talked. There was too much to discuss." pg. 183
Now what you really want to know....my thoughts:
This is the 2nd book I've read by John Green and I have to say I really enjoyed this one too. The author's writing style works very well for this book and the story flows and keeps your interest. You can't help getting attached to the three kids either. Colin and Hassan might get on each others nerves sometimes but you know deep down they really care for each other. Lindsey is fun and you can see how she helps Colin evolve and grow while at the same time coming to terms with some person issues too.
I definitely recommend this book, I think adults and kids alike will enjoy this one. Seeing as how I've enjoyed both books I've read by this author, I think it's safe to say I'll be reading more in the future.