An Abundance of Katherine’s by John Green


That smile could end wars and cure cancer

Crying adds something: crying is you, plus tears. But the feeling Colin had was the opposite of crying. It was you, minus something.

“It was not the way Curve smelled that Colin liked – not exactly. It was the way the air smelled just as Lindsey began to jog away from him. The smell the perfume left behind. There’s not a word for that in English, but Colin knew the French word: sillage. What Colin liked about Curve was not its smell on the skin but its sillage, the fruity sweet smell of its leaving.”

They like their coffee like they like their ex-boyfriends: bitter.

The missing piece in his stomach hurt so much – and eventually be stopped thinking about the theorem and wondered only how something that isn’t there can hurt you

And that’s why he liked her, and loved her. She spoke to him in a language that, no matter how hard you studied it, could not be completely understood.

That kiss as good as her smile hinted it would be


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