By John Green
From the number 1 bestselling writer of The Fault in Our Stars
Michael L. Printz Honor Book
Los Angeles occasions e-book Prize Finalist
When it involves relationships, Colin Singleton’s style is women named Katherine. And in terms of ladies named Katherine, Colin is usually getting dumped. Nineteen instances, to be distinct. On a street journey miles from domestic, this anagram-happy, washed-up baby prodigy has 10000 funds in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his path, and an obese, pass judgement on Judy–loving ally using shotgun—but no Katherines. Colin is on a project to turn out the theory of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will are expecting the way forward for any dating, avenge Dumpees all over the place, and eventually win him the lady. Love, friendship, and a useless Austro-Hungarian archduke upload as much as incredible and heart-changing conclusions during this ingeniously layered comedian novel approximately reinventing oneself.
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It contained perhaps forty gravestones and was surrounded by a knee-high stone wall covered in slippery moss. “This would be the last and final resting place of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand,” Lindsey Lee Wells said, her voice suddenly affected with a new cadence, that of the bored tour guide who long ago memorized her speech. Colin and Hassan followed her to a six-foot-tall obelisk—a kind of miniature Washington Monument—before which lay a plethora of not-new pink silk roses. Though obviously fake, the flowers still seemed wilted.
Rule 1 of stories: no interrupting. But, ha ha. Perv. Anyway, I was ugly. I got picked on a lot. I’m not going to bore you with stories about how bad it was, but it was pretty bad. I was miserable. And so in eighth grade I went all alternative. Hollis and I drove to Memphis and bought me a whole new wardrobe, and I got me a Zelda haircut and dyed it black and stopped going outside in the sun, and I was like half-emo and half-goth and half-punk and half-nerd chic. Basically, I didn’t know what the hell I was doing, but it didn’t matter because the middle school in Milan, Tennessee, had never seen emo or goth or punk or nerd chic.
Languages are useful. ” “I’m pretty good in eleven. German, French, Latin, Greek, Dutch, Arabic, Spanish, Russian—” “I get the picture,” she said, cutting him off. “I think that meine Mutter denkt, daß sie gut für mich sind” she said. ” “Okay, we’ve both proven we speak German. She’s been on my ass like crazy to go to college and become, I don’t know, a doctor or something. Only I’m not going. I’m staying here. I already made up my mind about that. ” “Doctors make more money than paramedics-in-training,” Colin pointed out.