First lines: An Abundance of Katherines

When it comes to relationships, everyone has a type. Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. He has dated—and been dumped by—19 Katherines. In the wake of The K-19 Debacle, Colin—an anagram-obsessed washed-up child prodigy—heads out on a road trip with his overweight, Judge Judy-loving friend Hassan. With 10,000 dollars in his pocket and a feral hog on his trail, Colin is on a mission to prove a mathematical theorem he hopes will predict the future of any relationship (and conceivably win the girl). (cover blurb)

John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines is covered in awesomesauce. It’s a bout a geeky nerdlike type, it got a bunch of footnotes, an appendix that covers the math used in the book (the book has math!) and graphs. In the text. A funny book about a nerd with math, graphs, footnotes and the word paardenlul. What’s not to like?

I came to know about John Green after clicking a link to a article on Book Covers and the Death of Publishing. Then I started doing what I always do, clicking around. So I ended up reading his Really Long & Boring Post about Book Advances and Publishing, which basic premise makes sense to me. And after watching some of the videos of his ongoing vlogproject (like this one on why nerds win at life—the inspiration for my Embracing my inner nerd post), I was won over, and ordered one of his books. I’m sure the others will follow.

Book read
John Green — An Abundance of Katherines
First line
The morning after noted child prodigy Colin Singleton graduated from highschool and got dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, he took a bath.