July 20, 2014

Wicked Review: An Abundance Of Katherines by John Green

Published: September 21, 2005
Publisher: Speak
Acquired: Paperback

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.

I'm having a hard time writing this review because for one, I just love this book. A lot. I read it over the weekend and I was this girl, rolling on my stomach laughing because Colin and Hassan were just funny.

John Green never disappoints. He's like a chameleon, that man. He created Colin, who's this child prodigy. Colin loves to anagram and to read and he just keeps on spouting trivia that no one really cares about. You'd think that a nerd like him would never have a girlfriend. Oh the girlfriends he had though.


He's only 17 years old and he already has 19 girlfriends! That is so unheard of! I'm 20 and I only had 6 boyfriends. Well, anyways, the thing about his girlfriends are they are all named Katherine.


He and his best friend, Hassan, went on a road trip. Because well, what better way to get over someone than to go on a road trip during the summer. Over the summer, he developed this Theorem, where, he formulates his relationships with the 19 Katherines. I can't explain per se how his Theorem works. I only got it when I read the appendix. You have to read the whole thing first before you get to the appendix. It's a whole lot of math, I tell you. But it's the kind of math that you can enjoy and actually use in real life.

Colin will piss you off in the latter part of the book. He's just so self absorbed! But then, I guess most of us are which is why, I love Hassan. He's the best friend everyone should have. He called Colin on his shit and I love him for that.

John Green's first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery. In January 2012, his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars, was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green's career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children's Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson, Will Grayson, published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.

In 2007, John and his brother Hank were the hosts of a popular internet blog, "Brotherhood 2.0," where they discussed their lives, books and current events every day for a year except for weekends and holidays. They still keep a video blog, now called "The Vlog Brothers," which can be found on theNerdfighters website, or a direct link here.

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1 comment:

  1. Oh, yes! Hassan and Colin are definitely funny. They fought but they showed true-friend's-love. :) And, I really love the humor of John Green. <3