An Abundance of Katherines

Colin Singleton has a strange habit of falling for girls named Katherine and after nineteen failed relationships with girls of the same name, the now-grown child prodigy decides to determine why.  To rid him of his latest episode of heartbreak, his best friend Hassan brings Colin along on a post-graduation road trip, but Colin's mind is wrapped around a mathematical equation to predict the success of his future relationships - The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability - in an effort to end his streak of getting dumped. 

An Abundance of Katherines was the first book by John Green that I have read, and I was really impressed with the writing.  The dialog was witty and the plot was unique and clever.  Though I didn't find myself really relating to any of the main characters, I still found myself fully drawn into the story and quite captured by this novel.  Colin was a bizarre protagonist, but I ended up rather charmed by his quirkiness.  I also really enjoyed how seemingly unrelated details of the story ended up tied together.   I'll definitely be checking out more of John Green's work in the future! 

4 Response to "An Abundance of Katherines"

  1. Ellen aka Ellie says:
    April 11, 2011 at 6:19 AM

    Would you believe we had this one on our K-5 shelves? I started reading it and the librarian sent it on the middle school. We don't censor things as much as we move them around...

  2. Enbrethiliel says:
    April 11, 2011 at 12:00 PM


    I'd give this to my friend Cathy, but her name isn't spelled in the way that is so irresistible to Colin! =P

  3. lisa :) says:
    April 11, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Ellen - Good book but definitely not a K-5 choice! I suppose there's nothing entirely inappropriate in it, but I would think the themes of dating and dumping (and even just high school graduation) would have little appeal or interest to a younger audience. Good move from your librarian!

    Enbrethiliel - Yeah, one of the humor points in the book is that Colin refuses to date Kates, Katies, Kathys or even Catherines, it's always "Katherine". (I can't even imagine knowing that many people with the same name let alone dating them all!)

  4. Casey (The Bookish Type) says:
    April 12, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    I've heard so much about John Green that I bought several of his novels, but I haven't gotten around to reading them yet! I don't think I bought this one though -- so maybe it should be the first one I pick up since you enjoyed it so much!

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