Publication Date: October 1, 2006
Page Count: 215
Synopsis: In this new novel from the acclaimed author of Looking for Alaska, Colin Singleton always falls for girls named Katherine--and he's been dumped 19 times, to be exact. Letting expectations go and allowing love are in the heart of his hilarious quest to find his missing piece and avenge dumpees everywhere.
Review: Reading The Fault in Our Stars inspired me to reread another one of Green's books. I chose the only one my library had available--An Abundance of Katherines. (Coolest title ever, I think. Only because I have a fondness for the word "abundance.")
John Green writes humorously. His humor isn't juvenile, though. It's the kind of funny that only becomes funny after you think about it. Actually, his whole writing style is just like that. I can only describe it with the word "intellectual."
Colin a washed up child prodigy with a broken heart. He has a problem with falling for and getting dumped by girls named Katherine. This has happened exactly 19 times. His best friend, Hassan, drags him out and together, they go on a road trip. Don't be fooled--this isn't a road trip book. But it's still a great book.
Despite the fact that I find math and trivia interesting, this book had an abundance of it. I got bored sometimes, and I also found some scenes or passages to be unnecessary. However, for the majority, of the book, I liked what was going on.
I liked all the characters well enough. Colin was relatable and at times admirable. He threw pity parties for himself sometimes, but he also knew when he needed to do something. Hassan was just funny. He was definitely most of the comic relief in the book. I really liked Hollis, Lindsey Lee Well's mother. She was just the sweetest lady ever.
The character I really didn't like was the love interest, Lindsey Lee Wells. She had too many different personalities, and none of them seemed genuine. She admits this herself, but for me, that wasn't enough. Also, the way she spoke. She sometimes ended her sentences in "yo," so I sat there thinking, "Er. She's a rich girl from Tennessee. Not a thug in a gang." I couldn't connect with her, unfortunately.
An Abundance of Katherines is a unique, humorous, and intellectual book that will definitely leave an impression on all readers.