When it comes to girls, every guy has a type. Colin's type is girls named Katherine. He's been dated by - and dumped by - nineteen Katherines. When Katherine XIX breaks his heart, Colin's best friend Hassan decides he needs a break. He needs a break from the pressures of being a child prodigy and more importantly he needs a break from Katherines and something to distract him. After a spontaneous roadtrip, the two end up spending a crazy summer in the nowheresville of Gutshot, TN.
Meanwhile, Colin is working on his great project: a theorem for love. Surely, if he can only find the right combination of variables, he can graph every relationship mathematically...
I finished it in 3 hours... and I loved it. End of story.
It was wacky, fun, original, and okay, weird. But in an amazing way. It grabbed me and didn't let go until I finished the book, and even then left me wanting more.
I thought Colin was kind of an obnoxious prat. That said, I loved Hassan and Lindsey and the various Katherines, as well as the side characters like TOC. They were all bizarre but cool, clever, and realistic.
It was kind of weird to have the occasional graph mixed in with the writing, especially since I only skimmed the formula and so I didn't completely understand the diagrams. However, Green's actual writing was amazing. It's light-hearted and funny and just a little satirical at times, but still manages to be realistically serious about the important stuff. I enjoy reading his work very much.
End Result: five stars. A really excellent book. Read it.