Tuesday, March 16, 2010

An Abundance Of Katherines

An Abundance Of Katherines

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.

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 by Printz medalist John Green, acclaimed author of Looking for Alaska.
It would be a good assumption to say that I loved this book. Although it is not my favorite John Green book, it is still entertaining and hilarious. I was surprised to find it written in third person as other John Green's books  are written in first. It took a bit of getting used to but then I realized the characters were as well played as if they were written in first.

Okay, let me stop getting too technical. Colin is the prodigy and he feels like he doesn't really matter so he goes on a road trip with Hassan who is HILARIOUS. Unfortunately, Colin just broke up with Katherine XIX and it has affected him much. He gets an idea that a relationship can be graphed and therefore, predicted.

Although I understood most of the math as it's one of my best subjects, it might prove a bit confusing at first, especially with all the footnotes* that make the book a bit scarce and distracting. I did not necessarily hate the footnotes, I just don't like them that much. It worked in some places to add humor but at one point it became tiring to flip next some pages to get to them.

The supporting characters are very unique and the whole tampon string factory element added to the uniqueness that is everything John Green.

Overall, I liked this book a lot and I think it's not as graphic as other John Green books so it's definitely better in that sense for younger audiences.

In one sentence:
"John Green's AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINE delivers the witty and humor style of his past books."

Plot: 4
Characters: 5
Writing: 4
Cover: 4
Overall Feeling: 4
Average: 4.2

*Footnotes like this, see?


Emidy said...

Excellent review! I still haven't read anything by John Green, although I've been meaning to for a while... I might start with this one!

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miss cindy :) said...

I've heard of this one and was told it was good, great review :)


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