Saturday, February 12, 2011

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Title: An Abundance of Katherines

Author: John Green

Published: Dutton Juvenile, 2006

Pages: 227

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."

Summary: 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.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: 1.  A guy named Colin, which just happens to be my favourite name.
2. A mathematical theorem.
3. A rainbow of people on the cover.
4. A whole lot of people called Katherine which is one of my names.
And all of these are reasons why I should have definitely loved An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.  I didn’t love it but I did really enjoy it.

This is the second book of John Green’s that I have read, the first being Looking for Alaska and I have to say that I liked An Abundance of Katherines a lot better because it was more me.  I found Colin to be extremely relatable and I felt like I could get along with him if he was a real person.

What really made this book were the characters.  All three of the main characters were different in their own ways yet had enough similarities that they could be friends.  I think the combination of all three and the events taking place around them just made the whole book interesting enough to capture my interest.
There was a little bit of mathematics in An Abundance of Katherines so if you don’t really like mathematics then you might not like this one but I really like reading about mathematics so it didn’t bother me.

One thing I really liked was that there were some tiny little surprises towards the end.  Just little things that were hinted at but I didn’t really notice until the very end.  It was really nice to just see those things pop up at the end.

I think that when it comes to John Green his books are an acquired taste, you either like them or you don’t.  I liked An Abundance of Katherines and while there are some people out there who wouldn’t so much.  I’d recommend this one to people who like mathematics a little bit, and like anagrams and other word games like that.

Source: Library


  1. I enjoy math/word games, and I've liked other things that John Green wrote, so I'll have to check out this book--thanks for the review!

  2. I keep hearing good things about John Green's books.

    I also wanted to let you know I gave you the One Lovely Blog award.

  3. My son only seems to date girls whose names begin with "K" - sounds like another book title.

  4. Great review! I also loved this book! John Green is amazing. :)
    I just found your blog and I really like it! You've reviewed so many books! I'm so glad I found your blog and I am looking forward to reading more of your reviews! New follower! :)

  5. Nice review :) Here's mine: Have a nice day!


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