“LibraryCin said: 3.75 stars
Colin is a child prodigy and has just been dumped by his 19th girlfriend named Katherine. He and his best (and only) friend, Hassam, decide to go on a road trip and end up in a small town called Gutshot, Tennessee.
I really liked this. There was plenty of humour in the book and I really enjoyed the characters. The ebook had a Q&A with the author, which I also enjoyed. One things I didn't like was that there were footnotes – hard to check with an ebook. I often don't like (and don't bother) reading footnotes, but there were some here I would have liked to. I did skim through them when I got to the end, but at that point, I didn't always remember what they referred to. I will read more by this author.
Book Concierge said: Colin Singleton is a prodigy (not to be confused with a genius) who can anagram just about any word or phrase. But he has just been dumped by his girlfriend, Katherine XIX. Yes, she is the 19th consecutive Katherine he has loved, and been dumped by. Having graduated from high school, he’s at a loss for what to do for the summer, so he and his best friend, Hassan, decide to take a road trip. They have no destination in mind, but wind up in Gutshot, TN, working for the owner of the Gutshot Textiles factory.
This is a mildly entertaining coming-of-age novel. The premise is a somewhat inventive and interesting. Maybe I’m just too far past adolescence to relate, but the characters are just a little too quirky to ring true.
I do like that there are some valuable lessons learned here about true friendship, believing in yourself, and standing up for what’s right. But mostly I was bored, so it gets only 2 stars from me.