An Abundance of Katherines – John Green

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An Abundance of Katherines tells the story of Colin Singleton, a child prodigy who fears future anonymity and his struggle to overcome his attraction to girls names Katherine, of whom he has dated 19.

19? One friend. No social skills. But 19 girlfriends?

There was a bit too much maths in this book for me – and it didn’t really make sense. The theorem was annoying. The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability. No one cares.

Colin is a bot annoying and over-dramatic. He’s obsessed with mattering and “doing something”. Hassan, Colin’s best friend and sidekick, was funny. I liked him better than I liked Colin.

The fact that Lindsey dates Colin (not our protaganist Colin, another Colin) after him bullying her is a bit of a weird message to me. THEN he is so violent when found out/caught cheating.

The footnotes were good. They were funny and interesting.

I have heard a few people say “when you’ve read one John Green book, you’ve read them all” and this fitted into that category. It was funny and heartfelt like a John Green book. It had pretentious teenagers like a John Green book. Is there a theorum/graph for Green’s books? To be fair though, this is a bit lighter than his other books. There’s no cancer, no missing teens, no deaths.

Let’s talk about Gutshot and Franz Ferdinand and Hollis Wells. I’ll admit, for a minute I thought to myself “Is that true? No, it’s not true. Is it? I’ll google it.” But even though I did that, I thought to myself, so would everyone else. Is it believable today in a world where you can take your phone out your pocket and look a fact up that someone could make money out of claiming a famous is buried somewhere they aren’t? And the fact that out of the goodness of her heart Hollis Wells is basically paying a whole town for basically fake work, paying two teenagers $500 a week for some random made-up job and living in a mansion.

Let’s talk about this line: “She was incredibly hot – in that popular-girl-with-bleached-teeth-and-anorexia kind of way, which was Colin’s least favourite way of being hot.” There are so many things wrong with this sentence, I can’t even…

As always, I’m amazed at how easily American kids are able to convince their parents to let them drive across the country, especially when they are characters in John Green novels.

I liked Hassan’s thoughts on God and religion:“No it’s not. I don’t think God gives a shit if we have a dog or if a woman wears shorts. I think He gives a shit about whether you’re a good person.” I think that’s a good point.

It was the same general formula to other John Green novels. Nerdy boy falls in love with different-from-other-girls girl. That’s the theorum for a John Green novel!! I read all the other Green books quickly, this not so much.

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