An Abundance of Katherines by John Green: Book Review

Title: An Abundance of Katherines
Author: John Green 
Pages: 229
Published: September 21st, 2006

Katherine V though 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 name 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. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself. 

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It's been long since I've journeyed through another one of John Green's books. I was caught up at Barnes and Noble, eagerly deciding which John Green book to purchase. In the end, it was between Papertowns and An Abundance of Katherines. Now that I look back at this moment, I think I made the right choice! So furthermore, here are my thoughts on An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.

I love John Green just as much as the next guy, but this book just blew me away. It captured the harsh reality of all breakups and relationships, whether you are the dumper or the dumpee. To sum up the book in a few words- heart-shattering, addictive, and thrilling. Colin Singleton, an anagram-happy child prodigy, is very picky when it comes down to relationships. He only dates girls named Katherine. And not Kathys or Kats or Kates or Lynns or Catherines. Only Katherines. After being dumped by his 19th Katherine, Colin and his friend Hassan decide to go on a little road trip. During their little hiatus they meet new faces, breathe in the beauty of historical sites, and become only the closer of friends. An unexpected visit to Tennessee brings them to the doorstep of Lindsey Wells, and her mother Hollis.

This book really captured the light humor and romance that most YA books seem to be lacking these days. But you know what I loved most? I adored those itty bitty sections where John Green decided to integrate math and gosh... PARABOLAS! This book is one that I couldn't find time to put down or take a break from reading. It captured every moment of my day. It's going to be hard not to reread this one. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to restrain myself in a straight jacket because I have way too many books on my TBR. But I did not like this book... I LOVED IT! This "love" has become an obsession!

Character Analysis:
Colin- Colin was sort of an annoying character to me... AT FIRST! I SAID AT FIRST. But then we have this huge sort of character metamorphosis, that just changed him completely. Instead of being caught with his head in a book all day, he was finally beginning to let loose. I would say that Colin is my all time favorite male protag.

Hassan- There was nothing Hassan said that didn't make me break out in a tremendous fit of laughs and giggles. I just loved him... you know as a character, of course.

Lindsey- I don't know why, but in the book she sounded older. I'm pretty sure that's not the case though. Lindsey was downright irritating! I hated when she was with Colin (the other Colin). I hated when she was a bit mean to Hollis. And I hated when she would flirt with other guys.

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  1. I'm glad you enjoyed this book! I can't wait to read it :)

    Rachel @A Perfection Called Books

    1. Thanks. Hope you enjoy the book when you read it. Thanks for commenting :D

  2. So. Many. Katherines. O_O

    I do think Colin's a really odd person though... dating people named Katherines. :p

    Glad you enjoyed the book, Alex! :D

    1. I agree with that statement. Thanks for commenting :D

  3. I'm one of those that has only read TFiOS by John Green, so it's nice to hear good reviews for his other books! It sounds like An Abundance of Katherines is still a light read even though it tackles some more serious stuff. I'll be adding it to my TBR! :)

    Kristen @ Pretty Little Pages

    1. Glad to hear that! If you enjoyed TFIOS, this is definitely a book you should venture through next :D

      Thanks for commenting


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