An Abundance of Katherines

Green, John, 1977-

Book - 2008
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
An Abundance of Katherines
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Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

Publisher: New York : Speak, 2008
ISBN: 9780142412022
0142412023
9780142410707
0142410705
1435249925
9781435249929
Branch Call Number: FIC G
Characteristics: 227, 22 p. ; 21 cm.

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For young Colin, the only cure for heartache is a road trip with his best friend, Hassan.


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Jan 17, 2015
  • violingirl3 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I liked this book because I think at some point in our lives we all need to learn how to accept that we are not likely to be remembered and honoured with projects from 4th grade students on poster paper, and that is ok. However, if we continue to learn, love and try, our actions will effect others in a way that will always be remembered by those you loved.

Jan 03, 2015
  • OliviaF2020 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book, as is typical of a book by John Green, was amazing. The beginning was a little slow to me, but by the end I was hooked. I really enjoyed reading the appendix in particular, surprisingly as I do not like math at all, and it helped me understand Colin's first Eureka moment almost completely.

Maybe one of the reasons the beginning of this book was slow to me was that I can't relate to Colin that well. He was a former prodigy and spends all of his time reading, anagramming, and working with 'theories'. I love to read, but I am not like Colin. Colin did grow on me, though, mostly through his stories of the Katherines.

So this may be my least favorite John Green book so far (after only reading Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, and TFIOS), but that didn't mean I didn't love this book. I recommend reading it. Especially if you are a genius or a former prodigy. You will not regret it.

Nov 19, 2014
  • GhostWriterAt221B rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Definitely not at the level of Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns, but is still a completely worthwhile read. Lighthearted and comical, but still has the "deep" feel of John Green's usual material.

Oct 15, 2014
  • violet_jay_25 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

...no words...no words...
(as in, i'm in awe.)

Sep 19, 2014

An Abundance of Katherines is the second book by critically acclaimed author John Green. Jam packed with anagrams and footnotes, this novel stars Colin Singelton: a child-prodigy turned heartbroken mess. Distraught from recently being dumped by his girlfriend, Colin sets out on a road trip to clear his head and figure out why he has been faced with such bad luck. Because not only did Colin get dumped by one girl named Katherine, he’s been dumped consecutively by eighteen girls all named Katherine.
His search for some answers takes him to Gutshot, Tennesee where he steps completely out of his comfort zone by doing things such as embarking on a feral hog hunt, rooming with strangers who run a tampon string making factory, and learning how to really communicate with girls. During the course of this road trip, Colin hopes to predict the outcome of any future relationships he has by using his “Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability.”
Aside from being very humorous and quirky, like most of his works, John Green brings a mentally stimulating aspect to this book. Filled with many footnote facts and even a real “theorem,” this book is equally entertaining and brainy. The only one of John’s books narrated in the third person, we get a more personal look at John’s own writing style, rather than the style of the characters he portrays. All in all, this book shows the feeling of first (or eighteenth) loves, the pain of heartbreak, and the eventual feeling of acceptance. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun read and to any John Green fan not wanting to be disappointed.

Sep 03, 2014
  • mbssmith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book was pretty good. I found it very relatable. I was very predictable, though.

Aug 05, 2014

I think that John Green is an overrated author. I struggled through this book, unfortunately, and although it was quite funny, I felt like Colin was a desperate person with no life. Sorry.

Aug 05, 2014
  • TOPGRADEMILK rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

this novel is simple, cute and downright hilarious. i think i would consider this book somewhat educational? because there were a handful of facts here and there and it involved math.

Jul 15, 2014
  • Persassy rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Dear Colin,

Get a life.

Sincerely,
All the Katherines in the world

Jul 14, 2014
  • violet_elephant_757 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

i loved this book, it is almost as good as fault in our stars

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Jan 17, 2015
  • violingirl3 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

And so we all matter,... maybe less than a lot, but always more that none.

Jun 18, 2014
  • im_that_girl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“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.”

Jun 27, 2011

"...she liked to take me for walks on the lakeeshore, where we'd watch the waves crashing against the rocks on the shoreline, and she said there was only one one metaphor, antd that the metaphor was water beating against rocks-because, she said, both the water and the rocks ended up worse off in the bargain, and then when she dumped me in the same coffee shop where we'd met three months before, she said she was the water and I was the rocks and we were just going to keep going at each other till there was nothing left of either of us-and when I pointed out that, really, water doesn't suffer any negative effects whatsoever from slowly eroding the rocks on the lakeshore, she allowed as to how that was true but dumped me anyway."

Aug 01, 2010
  • eyesonfire rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"...how you matter is defined by the things that matter to you. You matter as much as the things that matter to you do." p.200

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  • Keep_On_Rockin rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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