Book Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

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Book Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John GreenAn Abundance of Katherines by John Green
on August 14th 2008
Genres: Adolescence
Pages: 248
Source: Purchase
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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. 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.


My thoughts

My daughter has only read one John Green and she does not like him. I’m trying to get her to read The Fault in Our Stars but she is pretty much against it. She wanted to read this so I thought, instead I will read it and give her a review so she knows which would be better.

Having cried over The Fault in Our Stars, I was preparing myself for another tear-jerker and got something else entirely. Although not a bad thing, it is very different from TFIOS but almost just as fun to read. Very different from the synopsis so if you do not like the synopsis, I suggest to jump in anyway and give it a try!

The main character has a serious problem. He loves Katherines. He has also been dumped by every Katherine he has every dated, making this a bit of a predicament! As the story goes on the plot about his previous Katherines unfold, slowly but surely. In the end you find out everything about his Katherines, which was held together quite nicely. I love when multiple plot lines come together. Even better, I had no idea what was going to unfold. There are clues so do not be surprised if you do figure it out, but I did not think there was enough information to jump to a conclusion.

Colin’s idea is that there has to be a theorem that figures out his problem with his Katherines. As he learns more about the theorem, he finds out about himself as well. Getting the theorem to work is the tricky part. He does everything he can and the math is incredible but fabulous! I know John Green is a pretty intelligent man and I love that he brings this out in his books. I want to read something that makes sense and although the theorem is based off of a weird conjecture, it is still fabulously brilliant. I loved every minute of this.

Being an emotional reader I did enjoy everything that Colin and his Katherine’s went through but there was something missing. Not a lot, I did enjoy this, but I was too often comparing it to TFIOS to really enjoy myself. The characters are completely different and sadly Colin is a bit of a whiner but it is to be somewhat expected after what he has been through. Just be prepared for this slightly annoying character trait. That said, it was still quite enjoyable. Being a fan of TFIOS, I choose that over this but I still enjoyed this one.

Are you a John Green fan? Which would you tell a friend or family member to read?

Rating Report
4 / 5
Character Development
4.5 / 5
Writing Style
4.5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
4.5 / 5
4 / 5
Overall: 4.3 / 5
The Author






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2 Responses to “Book Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green”

    • Christina

      It was an interesting read! Different than what I expected with the synopsis but fun! Have you read TFIOS? Would you prefer one over the other?