TSS – Review: An Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of Katherines – John Green

 From the book jacket –

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 tail, 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.

My thoughts  –

I thought this book was good, but it did not live up to the high expectations that I had for it, based on what I’d heard from other bloggers and reviews.  I liked the character of Colin, but I liked his best friend, Hassan, even more; he was funny and sarcastic and the touch of reality that Colin so desperately needed.  I thought the way Green wrote the book was very interesting… I loved the footnotes especially.  Something about this story reminded of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, though I can’t really figure out what exactly about the two stories are similar, I think it had something to do with the main characters in both being sort of antisocial and lost, but also really sweet, wonderful kids that just had to come into their own over the course of the stories.  I don’t know… honestly, I thought this was a pretty good book and I would really like to read more from John Green, I just cannot think of the right words to describe what I particularly liked about it.  I’d suggest reading it, even though I did not love it, I know An Abundance of Katherines was a decent book with wonderful characters and an okay plot. 

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7 thoughts on “TSS – Review: An Abundance of Katherines”

  1. Personally, I find that I really like Green’s writing. I don’t really remember much of his plots, but I remember the feel he leaves.

    I’m nearly through his newest book, Paper Towns, and I find that I feel the same way. The plot isn’t as important as the mood he creates. I think all his books seem to explore the withdrawn, antisocial boy who is in search of the enigmatic and illusive girl.

  2. I haven’t read this, but I just read Paper Towns. I thought it was decent, but like you felt with this book, it did not quite live up to my expectations. I did, however, think Green’s writing was great, and I loved his humorous moments.

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