Published: September 21, 2006
Katherine V thought boys were gross
Katherine X just wanted to be friends
Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail
K-19 broke his heart
When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.
On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun–but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.
I had expected to like this book because my name is Katherine and so how could a book about a bunch of Katherines be bad, right?
It’s BAD. I’m not even going to go into detail about how BAD it is. Do not waste your time. We are talking BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published: September 22, 2009
Who is the real Margo?
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…
It seems that everyone loves this book except for me. I thought it was just okay. Maybe I’m too old and far removed from the lives of high school Seniors, but I don’t think that’s it at all. I remember my teenage years very fondly but these kids just seemed too immature, particularly Ben. If I had to hear (I had the audio version) him say “honey bunnies” one more time I think I might have thrown up. Margo got on my nerves because she was so full of herself, even Quentin got on my nerves for acting so gaga over Margo. Radar was the only one that was reasonable.
I’m glad I listened/read it because I do like the author, John Green, and have another of his books on the top of my TBR pile.
The movie of PAPER TOWNS is out now but I won’t be wasting money on a ticket any time soon.