Review * An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

June 4, 2013 Reviews 6 ★★★

Review * An Abundance of Katherines by John GreenAn Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Published by Dutton Juvenile on September 1, 2006
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 229
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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Katherine V thought boys were gross
Katherine X just wanted to be friends
Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail
K-19 broke his heart
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…

  • An Abundance of Katherines was enjoyable, but didn’t blow me away like A Fault In Our Stars or Looking for Alaska did.
  • I found Colin to be annoying for a good portion of the book. It’s not that I disliked him, I just wanted him to stop worrying about all the Katherines and go about his business. He was also very obsessed with coming up with a great idea (he is a child prodigy). I liked that his parents wanted him to be with kids his own age rather than push him through everything so fast.
  • I really enjoyed Colin and Hassan’s friendship. They had a good amount of banter between them yet knew not to push to hard. Their adventures (especailly how they ended up in Gutshot) were mostly hilarious.
  • Lindsey (new friend from Gutshot) was my favorite character. I liked her wit and her sense of self. Out of all the characters she was also the most normal and easy to identify with.
  • I didn’t fully understand the whole concept of all the Katherines, like what attracted Colin to them, but I loved the idea of creating a mathematical formula to figure things out. I’m a bit of a math nerd so I thought this was a pretty cool idea.
  • One of the things that comes up in An Abundance of Katherines is how we remember things versus the facts of what happened. My mom and I had a huge discussion once about something that happened to me in middle school. The way we remember the event it was like we weren’t even in the same place! When I took psychology my freshman year of college we talked about memory and how subjective it is. After that class I felt bad for arguing so bad with my mom.
  • I listened to the audio of An Abundance of Katherines and while I enjoyed the audio, I did have an issue with it, one that I feel probably doesn’t exist in the book. The book is told in third person, but there were times in the audio that it felt like it was in first person and that got me all confused. Obviously it makes no sense to do this so I’m assuming it was just how the narrator read Colin’s dialogue.
  • Overall I enjoyed the story, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I would have read it rather than listened to it.

Notable Quotes

“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.”

“You don’t remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened.”


6 Responses to “Review * An Abundance of Katherines by John Green”

  1. Petty Witter

    No, I’m afraid this one doesn’t appeal. Great review and what an interesting point you make about the audio version feeling like it was being narrated in the first person as opposed to the book which is told in the third.
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  2. Alexia561

    I still haven’t read John Green, but think I’ll start with one of his other titles. While this is an interesting premise, I think that Colin would probably annoy me more than anything else. Like your bullet points!
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  3. Courtney

    This book is my least favorite of Green’s. I mean, it is one of those books that you have to read if you are a fan but it isn’t one that I would just recommend to people. I have never listened to any of Green’s books on audio but I was thinking TFIOS might be a good one!
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  4. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    I’m with Courtney–this is my least favorite of John Green’s novels. But I still really enjoyed it! Although, I really wanted all the Katherines to be the SAME Katherine and I would have given it infinity bonus points. But that’s my Sci-Fi mind for you. ;) Have you read Paper Towns yet??? That’s my favorite! (But most people prefer TFiOS and Looking for Alaska…)
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