An Abundance Of Katherines By John Green [Book Review]

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Book Review: Abundance of Katherines by John Green | Reading | Young Adult | Fiction |

I borrowed the book from my cousin.


Katherine V thought boys were gross
Katherine X just wanted to be friends
Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail
K-19 broke his heart

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type happens to be 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, washed-up 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.

My Review:

Book Cover |

I really like the cover. I’m a fan of the colors and showing the lot of girls, it fits nicely with the title. I didn’t understand the math equation at first but it made more sense after I had read the book.

First Thoughts |

I’ve been slowly going through books written by John Green. This was my third book by him. My cousin had it and read it for a school project. Before I could ask to borrow it, she asked me to read it so I could later help her with the project in case she needed it.

Plot |

Colin is depressed because his girlfriend, Katherine, has dumped him. This is the 19th time he’s dated and been dumped by a girl named Katherine. In order to help him get out of his funk, his friend, Hassan, and him go on a road trip.

While this plot idea wasn’t bad, it felt too unrealistic to me. I know it’s YA, but I was expect Colin to be a little older. How has he dated 19 girls in his life already when he’s just in high school? I love a good road trip novel as much as the next, but I wasn’t interested in anything they were doing.

In theory, this wasn’t a bad idea, but I think more could have been done with it. I felt as though nothing happened in this book.

Characters |

I think the hardest part for me about this novel was the characters. I didn’t like any of them. Colin wasn’t a great protagonist because he was just “woe is me” the entire time. He was full of himself in a way because it was almost as though no one was good enough for him unless her name was Katherine.

Hassan kept using “slang” words but he wasn’t actually swearing most of the time and that got real old real fast. The dialogue wasn’t enjoyable at all.

They meet a girl on their trip who Colin takes a liking to, but she was pretty bland to me. She was nice to Colin and Hassan but she didn’t do too much throughout.

Writing Style |

As always, John Green has a way with words. I enjoy his writing style and the book flowed well and was easy to it. It was language and tone of the characters that really bothered me. I felt as though I was constantly rolling my eyes. It was because of that it just wasn’t as enjoyable to me.

Overall |

Overall, not much happened in this book. Colin learns his lesson, but it’s an annoying process to get there. Despite that, none of the characters really developed at all and there were no tense moments. I won’t be giving this book another read.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green gets…
Book Review Rating System | 2 Cups of Coffee | 2 out of 5 cups

Favorite Quote:

“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?” –John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

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7 thoughts on “An Abundance Of Katherines By John Green [Book Review]

  1. WOW! I thought you were too hard on the book. One of my former students gave me a copy as a “thanks for everything” gift at the end of a semester. She said it was her favorite John Green when she was in high school, and she had read most of his books. He gives 18 and 19 year olds just what they need. I loved the road trip the boys went on and loved the faux historical “spot.” The closing of industries and towns built from them is an important phenomenon in today’s culture. I thought this was the best of Green’s novels, and I’ve read many of them. I would give it a nine out of ten just for keeping the reader reading and WANTING to turn the pages.

    • Maybe if I was younger I would have appreciated it more, but this one just didn’t do it for me. I couldn’t take a liking to Colin and liking the main character is so important to me. This was the third John Green book I’ve read and the other two were great. I’m looking forward to reading his other work. This one just didn’t hit home for me, though.
      I’m glad you enjoyed it though!

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