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Book Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Note: This is my second-ever review. Bear with me. I'm leaarning.

An Abundance of Katherines


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 anywaySeal of Recommendation, AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES will be the first to get my seal, for whatever nerdiness it's worth.


Beckie said...

I loved this book too! It did make me laugh out loud.

Casey Something said...

There were some seriously hilarious lines, weren't there?

Deb Markanton said...

That was an awesome review! Very professional for only being your second one. hahaha Seriously, thanks. I just finished Paper Towns and it was great. I'm on the fence but I think I like Looking for Alaska better though. He's so good it makes me mad!

Casey Something said...

Hey, thanks a lot Deb!

I haven't read Paper Towns yet but I'm really looking forward to it.

I'm really on the fence too, about Alaska and Katherines. I almost can't compare them because they each have their own unique awesome elements. Love them both.

Cindy R. Wilson said...

Good review! Such a unique story idea. There is just too much good, new fiction out there for me to keep up :)

Jonathon Arntson said...

Casey, this is an exceptional review. I'd truly like you to do more. My favorite line of your review: 'They find a tourniquet for their road trip in a town called Gutshot Tennessee..."

I too love the book and JG.

Loraine said...

Nice review :) Here's mine: http://lorxiebookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/06/abundance-of-katherines-by-john-green.html Have a nice day!

Marlene Detierro said...

This was honestly one of the best books I've ever read! I couldn't put it down! It only took me 5 hours to finish the book... during school.

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