Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

While not my favorite John Green novel, it was still genius. Yes I did that on purpose. Rating: 4/5

*This is book #12/40 for my 2013 book challenge. You can take a look at my different reading challenges here.

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washedup child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun–but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.

John Green is one of my favorite authors. I don’t know why it took me so long to read this, and I am ashamed of the fact that I did. However, I finally read it. I didn’t love it. In fact, I was really frustrated throughout most of it, but I can still appreciate this for the work of art that it is. An Abundance of Katherines is just one of those books that, while beautifully written and with great characters and the such, isn’t for me. Colin is far too whiny for my liking, and I am not fond of math or footnotes, which this book is filled with. I find footnotes distracting, and I find math hurts my brain and makes my eyes cross and that’s not a good look. Also, I almost threw the book several times because of the overuse of the word ‘fug’ instead of ‘fuck’. Thank god that John addressed why they use the word ‘fug’. Once that little gnat stopped buzzing around inside my mind I was able to enjoy the book for what it was.

With all that said, the book was still so good. I loved Lindsey Lee Wells, who has one of those names that you have to use all parts of. Usually the female characters make me want to shake them, but I liked Lindsey a lot. I liked what she stood for, even though she didn’t think she stood for anything. I loved the characters, their complexity, and the way they thought about things. Even the less complex characters. And the development. I am all about the character development with this one. As usual, John has left me wanting more, in all the right ways. That’s when you know a story is good. When you spend the entire time reading it feeling kind of blah, but you still want to know what happens next.

Rating: 4 book review

If you’re interested in reading my GoodReads updates from this book you can do so here. I must say, they’re quite entertaining. It will tell you exactly what I was thinking on certain pages.

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