Saturday, May 28, 2011

Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Title: An Abundance of Katherines
Author: John Green
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 215

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 have to admit, I did not enjoy An Abundance of Katherines as much as Looking for Alaska. I think initially it took me a while to get into the book simply for the fact that I cannot stand math. Colin, the protagonist, is an awkward genius with no claim to fame. He is working on a mathematical equation that will determine whether a person is a dumper or a dumpee. According to his memory, he was dumped nineteen times by Katherines and he is determined to figure out way.

Colin and best friend, Hassan, go on a road trip to try to get Colin over his most recent Katherine break-up. Both characters are not quite normal. Colin's character, ambitious and socially awkward, complimented Hassan's character, complacent and quirky. Though Hassan does not want to further his education like Colin, Hassan has some valuable lessons to teach his best friend about friendship, life, and self-confidence.

Now don't get me wrong, this was not a disappointing read by any means. The writing is witty and the characters are well developed. However, the graphs and algebraic equations did not appeal to me.

1 comment:

  1. I love math and I coudn't get into this book either. I think "Paper Towns" is his best work.


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