Previously Read By Same Author: The Fault in Our Stars
Summary/Review: Colin is a teenage former child prodigy, socially awkward, and has dated 19 girls all of whom are named Katherine. After being dumped by Katherine #19, his friend Hassan encourages Colin to go on a road trip and they end up in rural Tennessee. There they work collecting oral histories for a woman who runs a tampon string factory and Colin devises a mathematical formula for relationships which end in getting dump. It’s entertaining book with a lot of laughs, but I find the characters too self-consciously quirky to get emotionally invested in. Perhaps a good beach read, but not the excellent work of fiction of The Fault in Our Stars.
Recommended books: In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan and A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving