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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Book 24/50: An Abundance of Katherines

I spent all weekend at a retreat, away from my family (away from Little K for the first time) and I need some time to get my thoughts out. In the meantime, here's what I thought of yet another John Green novel.

From Goodreads: When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type happens to be 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.

What I thought: Just like other John Green novels, I enjoyed the book. But just like his novels, it wasn't as good as The Fault in Our Stars. I think with an author like this and books like these (young adult), I really need to space them out and in doing so I will enjoy them more.

I did like the idea of being young and going on a road trip with no destination in mind, just going with the flow. That kind of freedom appeals to me and reminds me of things I did in my teens. What doesn't appeal to me is reliving the awkward years and trying to find somebody to share my life with. I'm glad I'm on the other side of that hill.

It's a fun book so if you're looking for a quick summer read, check it out.

Up Next: Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel


  1. Great to read this review! I haven't yet read anything by John Green other than TFIOS and sometimes get too eye rolley at ya novels so I might wait on this one to give more time between it and TFIOS as you suggested.

    1. Or read Looking For Alaska first. That's my second favourite of his :)