Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Review: An Abundance of Katherines - John Green

Where I got it: My Collection
Rating: 4.5 stars  
Cover Rating: 3.5 stars (Interesting, but meh...cover didn't make me pick it up.)  
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: August 14, 2008
Publisher: Speak
Page Count: 228 p.
Buy it: Book Depository / Amazon

Colin Singelton was just dumped by his 19th Katherine. This was one he really loved and so he is considerably upset. He doesn't understand why he is such a Dumpee and all the Katherine's are Dumpers. Colin is a prodigy, not a genius, but he figures his Eureka moment has come when he decides to develop a formula(based on his experience with The Katherines) that will be able to determine and predict any relationship between two people. He comes to this while his friend Hassan and him are on a road trip. They stop in a town called Gutshot to sight-see, but they end up staying and finding out a lot more about themselves as they interview the residences of the town.

This book was quite humorous. Colin Singleton is amusingly, socially awkward, which makes for entertaining situations. Hassan was sort of a jerk sometimes, but that's just how his personality is. He always has to look out for Colin after Colin gets dumped but yet another Katherine, and Hassan always has to let Colin know when he's being uninteresting. Colin will often go off on tangents about facts he finds fascinating, but that make other people's eyes gloss over. I really liked how we got to hear about each of the Katherines, it's strangely fascinating that one person (fictional or not) could date 19 people with the same first name. It's madness. I really enjoyed the footnotes too, footnotes add a certain something to a fun novel. The math parts didn't make a whole heck of a lot of sense too me, but there were visuals that most people will be able to understand. I really enjoyed this book and you can tell it was written by a complete nerd. Just the way the characters are with each other, they are smart and that let's them be cleverly sarcastic and sort of confuse everyone, nerd-like. This book remind me a lot of Julie Halpern's writing. She has the same clever, fun and intelligent characters, that flawlessly fit together. Make sure if you haven't read this book yet, you put it on you pile to read soon.

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First Line:
"The morning after noted child prodigy Colin Singleton graduated from high school and got dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, he took a bath."

Favorite Lines:
"Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they'll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back."

"'...AkhhhhEchhhAhhhh. Kahhh. Ehhhhhh. Wow. Wow. Man. It's like French-kissing a dragon.'"


  1. I just bought Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska by John Green as I've read ravishing reviews about them. This book sounds good too but I'd better read the books that I have first. :)

  2. Nice review :) Here's mine: http://lorxiebookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/06/abundance-of-katherines-by-john-green.html Have a nice day!


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