John Green | An Abundance of Katherines

by - March 28, 2015

An Abundance of Katherines
by John Green

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 happens to be 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.

The morning after noted child prodigy Colin singleton graduated from high school and got dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, he took a bath. Colin had always preferred baths; one of his general policies in life was to never do anything standing up that could just as easily be done lying down, He climbed into the tub as soon as the water got hot, and took him. The water inched up his legs, which were crossed and folded into this bathtub -- he looked like mostly a grown person playing at being a kid.

To be honest having read Green's The Fault In Our Stars, and Paper Towns, "An Abundance of Katherines" started out as not that compelling of a read.  First I thought the idea of dating only girls named Katherine would be interesting or fun, but it turned out to be dull in the middle and led me thinking of not finishing the book. There was a part with a slow turn of the story for me.  But I thought I'd give it a try, get to know the characters, and to remove this-is-a-John-Green-book expectation. After finding the tone of the book was when I found its serious but snappy, and witty conversation interesting -- I got hooked. The book throughout is quirky, nerdy, generally fun, and has the John Green formula. Nerdy guy, brilliant, and cool gal, road trip, and realization. One thing I like about it is the style growing in the trend of using footnotes -- which set this one apart from his other books. Even the footnotes got a lot of laughs from me. The best parts are, undoubtedly, the dialogues. I recommend this book if you are into snappy teen to young adult read, or if you plan of reading any of JG's novels (better start with this) and to those believes that "Love is graphable!" - go ahead, give this a go.

Original Title: An Abundance of Katherines
Published 2012 by Speak by Penguin Group (first published September 21st 2006)
ISBN 0525476881 (ISBN13: 9780525476887)
2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book
Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Book pages: 236

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