Title: An Abundance of Katherines
Author: John Green
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
My Rating: 3 Stars
"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, washedup 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."
Of all the John Green books I’ve read (which is close to all of them lately) this is probably my least favorite. Colin is (or was) a child prodigy who desperately wants to be a genius- he wants fame and recognition, but instead he gets dumped, for the nineteenth time, by a girl named Katherine (and so you get the title) and thus becomes depressed. Then his best friend, Hassan, decides it’s time for a road trip that leads them to Gutshot, a small town where they meet Lindsey.
Following their meeting, several events happen that results in the two of them staying in Gutshot. Honestly, I wasn’t sure where this story was going for the longest time while reading. It wasn’t… boring, exactly, but I found myself wondering what the point was, why I was reading about Colin and listening to him whine about his unfortunate life (which wasn’t all that unfortunate) before he suddenly realized that he was hoping and waiting for something that simply wasn’t going to happen.
I liked the characters, but found them to be annoying and ignorant at times. This is not say that I didn’t enjoy reading An Abundance of Katherines, because I did. There wasn’t much to it, but at the same time I continued to wonder about the ending, and the ‘point’ and what I was supposed to take away from this book, only to realize that it wasn’t much. It wasn’t some important thing that left me thinking, ‘Wow, this is an amazing book.’ What it did leave me with, however, was the already known, but often over-looked, fact that things change despite resistance and that, as Colin later realizes, the future is unpredictable.
Overall: This book isn’t the highest on my must-read list of recommendations, but if you’re a fan of John Green, then read it. I enjoyed it, but didn’t find it especially great.
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