Title: An Abundance of Katherines
Written by John Green
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (September 21, 2006)
Okay, look y’all. It’s been awhile since I read this and I have a tricky memory at best, but I do, very clearly, remember that I really liked this book. Really, really. Liked it so much that I want to review it like, 6 months later. Because I THINK YOU NEED TO READ John Green’s work. And really, I remember more than I think I do, which is very surprising since I barely remember what I had for lunch yesterday…oh yeah, tomato sandwich…. Anyway, I must have really liked this book!
An Abundance of Katherine’s is the story of Colin Singleton. Colin has had nineteen girlfriends and they were all named Katherine. And all of them have dumped HIM. He’s also a once-upon-a-time math prodigy, he has a passion for anagrams and he has the absolute craziest best-friend in the world. After the last Katherine has dumped him and left him broken-hearted, Colin sets out to prove a new theory – The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability; a theory Colin’s hopes will predict the future of all relationships, reaffirm his lost genius and finally, hopefully, win him the girl.
I admit it, I didn’t love this one as much as Green’s Paper Towns (you really should read that one!) but I did enjoy it immensely. Green has such a sharp, intelligent voice that I just can’t help loving his work. I mean come on, this book has MATH in it and I enjoyed it. That says a LOT for Mr. Green right? This is why I majored in English in college. Heather and the mathematics are like oil and vinegar. And I totally was not bothered by the math in this book. I adored Colin, I adored his buddy Hassan (the best buddy I’ve seen in a book in really quite awhile. And this is SIX MONTHS after I read the book.), and I adored their road trip.
Colin finally meets a girl NOT NAMED Katherine, her name is Lindsay and she helps him with his theorem. There is a lot of laugh-out-loud humor of the sophomoric and intelligent, which feels totally appropriate here. I mean we’re talking about a couple of teenage boys on a road trip! The boys have a great banter that is the hallmark of a John Green novel. I really recommend this book, as I do all of John Green’s books. This reminds me…I really need to pick up Looking for Alaska.
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