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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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… 2 out of 5 cups
“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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Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.
Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
The cover for Green’s latest novel is simple. I like the orange coloring of the spiral as it’s not too bright and doesn’t take away from the actual title. The title and Green’s name takes up a lot of space on the cover is in a semi-messy font which goes well with the premise of the story as well. I like it.
I’ve hopped on the John Green train late. Before picking this up, I’ve only ever read Paper Towns by him. His books have always been on my list so when this one was announced, I preordered it right away.
This plot did not turn out the way I had expected it to. I expected more of a mystery, but it turned out to be more about finding yourself and being true to yourself and your friends. It was about being there for one another. While it wasn’t what I expected it to be, it was still a fun read with a cool mystery in the background.
Part of the reason I enjoyed this novel so much was that Aza is just like me. She’s more extreme than me, but she has anxiety and some of the things she did and said are some things I can relate to. She made a great protagonist and was good fodder to through into a mystery.
Daisy, Aza’s best friend, was a good character to balance Aza out. She was supportive of her friend but got annoyed with her at times. Still, she was a fun character and I would love to see her in another story.
Davis, their other friend who wasn’t their friend in the beginning, was interesting. It was his father who went missing, his money that Aza and Daisy – mostly Daisy – wanted. Aza and Davis related to each other on so many levels and I found it to be a great dynamic.
John Green’s writing is always phenomenal. The story was nicely paced and flowed well. There were no stones unturned. The plot was enjoyable enough that it was a quick read and kept me wanting more. While this is a standalone novel, I’d be interested to see these characters in a sequel.
John Green didn’t disappoint. The plot was intriguing, I fell in love with the characters, and I couldn’t put it down. I would highly recommend this.
Turtles All The Way Down by John Green gets… 5 out of 5
“I wanted to tell her that I was getting better, because that was supposed to be the narrative of illness: It was a hurdle you jumped over, or a battled you won. Illness is a story told in the past.” –John Green, Turtles All The Way Down
When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.
My Review(May contain spoilers!):
I’ve heard many great things about John Green and one of them was that once you start reading his books, you can’t put it down until you finish. Well, I certainly understand what those fans mean now.
I read Paper Towns in a day. The mystery of the plot was such a page-turner that I just couldn’t put the book down.
The first part of the book followed the two main characters, Quentin and Margo, as they embarked on an all-night adventure to wrong some rights and right some wrongs–as explained by Margo. Margo drags Quentin along as a getaway driver as they play harmless revenge tricks on a few of her friends and ex-boyfriend after finding out he had been cheating on her.
I absolutely loved that part of the book. The chemistry between Quentin and Margo was awesome, Margo’s personality was fun and energetic, and Quentin tried to be the voice of reason, but adrenaline took over–and maybe also the fact that he was head over heels for Margo.
The second part of the book is after that fun night. Quentin goes to school exhausted, but Margo is gone. She ran away and no one knows where she is. She’s done this before, so her parents have given up. Quentin finds clues left by Margo for him to track her down. With the help of his awesome friends, Quentin embarks on another journey to search for Margo.
Overall, the book was fun and suspenseful, but not in a scary way. There were many outcomes that you just didn’t know which direction the characters would take you. All the characters were easy to read and fun to get along with. Plus, there was plenty of comic relief.
I would highly recommend this novel.
Paper Towns by John Green gets 5 out of 5 stars.
“I mean, at some point, you gotta stop looking up at the sky, or one of these days you’ll look back down and see that you floated away, too.” –John Green, Paper Towns
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