Saturday, October 8, 2011

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Genre: social issues
Series and Book #: none
Pages: 215

Katherine V thought boys were gross. Katherine X just wanted to be friends. Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail. K-19 broke his heart.

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.


That smile could end wars and cure cancer.
-An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, pg 32

To start off on an off note, I hated the beginning of this novel. It was just like, BOOM, let's on a road trip, and Colin and Hassan (his best friend) went on said road trip and then stopped the road trip when they made it to Gutshot, Tennessee, home to the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Lindsey Lee Wells. It was just a quick little chapter of Colin reminiscing about K-19. That was another thing that bugged me. I loved how John went into the different Katherine's that Colin had dated, but I hated that Colin would start the story and a couple chapters later finish it. It just made no sense to me.

Despite some of my *ahem* dislikes, An Abundance of Katherines was everything that I'd expect from John Green. Humor, meaningful passages, and a nerdy-ish boy and a girl. Really, it was the perfect John Green novel. Colin is my favorite of all of John's MCs because he wasn't obsessed with Lindsey, not even in the end. He liked her, sure, but unlike in Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska, he wasn't completely in love with her. Mostly Katherine XIX held his heart and the Theorem took up most of his time.

Overall, what a wonderful novel. I especially liked the little passages under the text that gave meaning to what Colin was saying and what he meant. It was fun to read the story of a prodigy longing to be a genius, and not realizing that you don't have to be an extraordinary person to make others lives better. Lindsey, Hassan, and Gutshot were all great to him in realizing that life wasn't all about him being a genius, but about others taking care of each other.

The Cover: Love it! I find it very hard to believe that there are nineteen different Katherines for Colin to date, but whatever.

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