Mini-Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Friday August 22, 2014 at 3:00 am |

Publisher:  Penguin Groupanabundanceofkatherines-jg
Published: September 21, 2006
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 215
Form: Paperback
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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, 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 Thoughts

  • I find it absurd that Colin has only ever dated girls named Katherine, and spelled specifically that way.
  • It is EXTREMELY annoying to read a book that has footnotes on nearly EVERY page, explaining some obscure reference.
  • What mother in their right mind invites two strange boys she doesn’t know, and just met, to live with her and her TEENAGE daughter?
  • I find it a bit pathetic that Lindsay has only known Colin a few hours yet she wants him to think she’s cool.  Why does she care so much about what a stranger thinks of her?
  • Starnes’ story about the snake, and him in general, had me laughing out loud.

While the story was ok I have to say I found myself annoyed with this book more than I found myself amused.  I’ve read Looking for Alaska by this author and really enjoyed it so I was expecting to really like this one as well.  But between the characters and the crazy amount of footnotes, I found myself just wishing it was over.


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