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When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type is 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 by Printz medalist John Green, acclaimed author of Looking for Alaska.

(P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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John Green Fans will Enjoy

Would you try another book from John Green and/or Jeff Woodman?

I fell in love with Green's sardonic, self-deprecating characters. Yes, I have and will read all of his books.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The main character is more difficult to relate to than others by this author and the other characters are a little too predictible and stereotypical. However, Green's wit shines through and makes this story better than many YA authors. Would recommend for John Green followers.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. I like this narrator's voice and feel he is a great choice. He may sound a little older, but he manages to pull off the qualities of sounding smart, quirky, vulnerable, and funny.

66 of 69 people found this review helpful

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Loved It

I have become a huge John Green fan. I listened to Paper Towns first (his latest). Paper Towns is better than Katherines but both are well done, funny and the narrator is perfect for the male characters that tell the story.

26 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Laugh out loud funny

I loved this book! As a middle school teacher and parent of a high school boy, I found this book engaging, hilarious, and tender. The characters are well developed and real. The author's style is sharp and concise, which makes this a great choice for a reluctant reader. I plan to listen to this in the car on the next family vacation.. One of my favorite audibles yet. Oh... the reader does a fantastic job with voices.

29 of 31 people found this review helpful

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Another fun adolescent tale from John Green!

Colin is an 18 year old child prodigy with a thing for anagrams, memorizing trivia, and girls named Katherine. Unfortunately, Katherines tend to not like Colin so much, as he's been dumped by 19 Katherines, the last one damaging his heart. So Colin and his friend Hassan take a pre-college road trip and end up in Gutshot, TN where they befriend a young girl (not named Katherine!). Colin spends his summer trying to come up with a mathematical equation explaining the relationship between him and Katherines, and in turn, learns a lot about himself.

As always, John Green writes these characters so well - the nerdy guy, the girl to fall for, and a funny friend. Even if you're not one for math, it doesn't clog the story so much that it would keep you from enjoying it. John Green books never disappoint!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Audible Candy

Funny and light hearted with engaging characters. It is laugh out loud funny without being mean spirited or unkind. If you've ever had to deal with a brilliant sibling, friend, offspring you will appreciate this story on a whole other level. Narration and sound quality were both excellent.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Natalia
  • South San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 08-05-10

Theorum

Another home run for John Green. Looking for Alaska, Abundance of Katherine's, and Paper Towns were amazing. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoyed his other work.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Glad I Gave It a Second Chance

The first time I tried listening to this book, I lasted less than half an hour. I found the narrator's voice too old-sounding for a book about a 17 year old boy, and I thought the main character sounded insufferably whiny. Months later, having thoroughly enjoyed "The Fault In Our Stars", also by John Green, I decided to give this one a second try.

Ultimately, I really enjoyed the book and found myself really liking the characters, whininess and all. I would say, though, that if I had it to do over again, I might read it as opposed to listening to it, given how many equations and graphs have to be explained visually.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Teenagers only

As a grown up this book was pretty boring and annoying. Would not recommend for adults.

28 of 34 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • kansas city, MO, United States
  • 01-31-11

funny stuff.

really good author.. funny stories.. i like the teen version of reality its carefree and some what lucky.. but i liked the whole thing..

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certainly entertaining

not that this one is going to change your life, but it's cute, and amusing, if not for excessive self-pity.

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