Note: This is my second-ever review. Bear with me. I'm leaarning.
Title: An Abundance of Katherines
Author: John Green
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
First sentence: 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.
Self-professed “washed up" child prodigy Colin Singleton wants to matter. He wants to be the genius his father thought he could cultivate with hours of extensive study. More immediately, however, he wants his (ex) girlfriend Katherine XIX back – the nineteenth Katherine in a string of K-A-T-H-E-R-I-N-E-S (precisely) who have dumped him over the years from third grade to the night of his high school graduation.
Fortunately for Colin, he has one great friend, the humorous Hassan, who prescribes a road trip after finding post-dumped (x19) Colin wallowing in despair. They find a tourniquet for their road trip in a town called Gutshot Tennessee, home of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand's final resting place, and on initial exposure, no Katherines.
After being offered a job interviewing textile workers, Colin and Hassan settle in for a summer with highlights such as hog hunting, tampons, a family secret, the multi-faceted Lindsey, Monster Thickburgers, kissing, and yes, even another Katherine. But for Colin, the summer also includes his long-awaited eurika moment, and a mathematical theorem with the potential to predict the end result of any romantic relationship infallibly.
AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES is masterfully crafted with unforgettable characters, laugh-out-loud humor, historical facts, anagrams, theorems, brilliant math, and even footnotes, clearly living up to the John Green standard of original, mind-prickling books with smart, lovable characters.
And look, whilst practicing my revision-procrastination techniques, I made a personal seal of recommendation. It reads, "excellence in young adult literature - official seal of recommendation." Yeah! Uhm anyway, AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES will be the first to get my seal, for whatever nerdiness it's worth.