About the book:
Title: An Abundance of Katherines
Author: John Green
Genre & age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult
19 Katherines and counting…
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.
Source: School library
How I Found Out About It: Goodreads
An Abundance of Katherines was a good story, but I think I still liked Looking for Alaska by the same author way more. Contrary to that book, though, this one was much more lighthearted and fun, rather than deep.
For a quick summary, this book is about Colin, a child prodigy, who will only date girls named Katherine- 19 of them, actually. But the thing is, they always end up dumping him; and he is clueless as to why. Colin embarks on a road trip journey carrying a lot of money, but what he’s really on the lookout for is a Katherine that will finally want to be with him.
I guess Colin was okay, but nothing super spectacular. He tended to get whiny and annoying at times, and I did find myself shaking my head at some of his decisions. Like, what kind of person only dates girls named Katherine? I’m sure that he could have also found love for a girl with a different name, and I don’t think he should’ve let names be a barrier in finding someone. After all, they don’t define a person by any means.
Anyway, his quest to find the right Katherine was quite fun to read about, but I think John Green could’ve gone into more depth as to why he will only date Katherines. It just seemed pretty bizarre to me.
I thought the footnotes were cool, as were the scientific/math-like diagrams. They added so much to the story and made it really unique!😉
Overall, this story was pretty good, but John Green could’ve done so much better, especially since I read this almost just after I finished Looking for Alaska, so I obviously had high expectations. It did make me smile and laugh a lot, though!😝I’d recommend this story to those who are looking for a pretty unique, fun storyline and quirky scientific concepts, because you can’t go wrong with An Abundance of Katherines!
Rating: 3.75/5 Stars