Katherine V Thought Boys Were GrossKatherine X Just Wanted To Be FriendsKatherine XVIII Dumped Him In An E MailK Broke His HeartWhen 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 ExactOn 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 GirlLove, Friendship, And A Dead Austro Hungarian Archduke Add Up To Surprising And Heart Changing Conclusions In This Ingeniously Layered Comic Novel About Reinventing Oneself


10 thoughts on “An Abundance of Katherines

  1. says:

    Things that I was sick of by the end of this book 1 Anagrams and tangents2 Use of the words jewfro, fug, fugger, fugging, kafir3 Colin s whining actually, Colin in general4 Katherines


  2. says:

    This was by far the worst experience I ve ever had reading a John Green book I really always enjoy his writing and humor, but this one just didn t do anything for me.I don t think the book was horrible, but it couldn t hold my attention too long so I was happy it was very short If it was any longer I probably wouldn t have finished it I couldn t stand Colin He was annoying and whiny and just because he acknowledges that fact himself doesn t mean it makes it any less annoying to read about His friend Hassan was alright I didn t mind him and I thought he had some funny parts, but most of the humor with him was about his fatness and man boobs That s not exactly my kind of humor, but I m sure there are other people who love that kinda stuff Lindsey wasn t that interesting either She wasn t annoying like Colin, but I just found myself thinking they would hook up and that s it.To me this book was just bland It didn t have any good twists or an engaging plot Usually I feel lots of emotions when reading one of John s books, but with this one I felt nothing but boredom He does include his signature road trip where the character learns some lessons about life, but getting that far was a struggle for me.I wouldn t recommend this book to someone who wants to try John Green, because I rate this so much lower than all of his other books The writing style and formula is present, but it s just not as good.


  3. says:

    ____________________________________________ Books are the ultimate Dumpees put them down and they ll wait for you forever pay attention to them and they always love you back ____________________________________________ 2 DISAPPOINTING STARS You can find the full review and about this book on my blog

    You don t know what expectations I had about this book.I have read other John Green s book like Looking for Alaska and The Fault in our Stars and really liked them especially the first one,also the hype about this book is insane so I thought why not.Guess I thought wrong.

    This book sure contains the marvel of John Green s smart writing,and it is so realatable,especially if you are a nerdy teen with tumblr,and that s smart and unique in a way,and I gave this book 2 stars just because of that.In the other hand it is boring,like ultimately boring.First I thought the idea with dating only girls named Katherine would be interesting or fun,but it turned out to be so dull and I really thought of not finishing this book.The only part of the book I did like was the ending and the famous John Green tumblr ish positive message and to be honest was good.I really wanted to like this book.

    ____________________________________________ What is the point of being alive if you don t at least try to do something remarkable ____________________________________________

    The characters were also the famous author s characters.If you are have read at least 2 books by this author,you can guess.A nerdy smart boy who happens to meet a popular unhappy girl,from who he learns about the beauty of living free and young,and also falls in love with.I did not like his sidekick,Hassan.He was annyoing and similar to some persons I do happen to know in real life,who I dislike a lot.

    The story follows a boy named Colin,who is a prodigy a really smart kid and has this weird habit on dating only girl named Katherine.He has dated 19 Katherines and was dumbed by every single on of them.Devestated by his last break up he decides to go on a trip with his only friend,Hassan.They happen to go to this small town where they meet Lindsey,and her mother Hollis,who offers a job and a home.They decide to stay and there Colin stars his theorem about the relationships and everything start to happen in Colin s life.Things he never ecperienced before.

    ____________________________________________ I figured something out The future is unpredictable ____________________________________________

    I recommend this book if you are into smart books.It was so slow for me,but the ending is good and it is a positive book.If you are super into John Green s books then you should read this

    Pictures from the review are not mine, I took them mostly from Google images or Tumblr


  4. says:

    A reenactment of the moment An Abundance of Katherines was conceived John Green sat at his desk, quietly contemplating the ghettoization of scrambled eggs as a breakfast food and brainstorming ideas for his new book His last novel, Looking for Alaska, had done moderately well, but he wanted to do something different this time Something to show his critics that he wasn t a one trick pony yet out of there enough to show his nerdfighters that he was one of them An outsider, a man of the people.His eyes drifted to a map taped on the wall, then to an unfinished Scrabble game from last night His brother Hank had been kicking his butt, but had to leave to mediate on the metaphysics of ice cream trucks before he could finish spelling hamartia luckily As he was idly staring at his unused letters, it hit him Eureka he yelled, glasses sliding down his nose in his excitement That s it I ll write a book about anagrams That s nerdy and chic, and in no way like my last protagonist s obsession with famous last words John picked up the letters, rearranging them in his head Hem, arrow, hero Yes, hero He needed a protagonist Preferably one like himself White male, middle class range, intelligent, quirky but as an extra twist, his quirkiness would be the result of autism Mild autism Nothing too heavy Fans won t be able to relate to him Also, research is hard I d rather philosophize on Venn diagrams of octopi and dogs Putting the letters down, he paced the floor, dialogue and plot points bombarding his head like unformed constellations My protagonist should have a best friend like Colonel Quirky enough to get his jokes, but won t overshadow the main character, which is in no way like me Let s make him an Arab, too That takes care of the diversity problem And a love interest Gorgeous and quirky Oh, and she should exist to teach my main character an important lesson Yay, feminism points But how do I get them to meet His gaze landed on the map again A road trip That s not like Pudge and Colonel s emotional journey to find Alaska at all John laughed, clapped his hands together and sat down in front of his laptop Then he began to write John, my man, I don t know how you think of this stuff.


  5. says:

    I tried I really did, believe me But I can t do it, it s boring, it has no plot whatsoever and I don t like any of the characters I m not going to torture myself..


  6. says:

    As a YA author, I d heard the name John Green whispered in the YA wind for months, but I d never picked up one of his books until I read a synopsis for AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES online My husband, a pretty reluctant reader, snitched it from me and devoured it, so I was expecting great things.I wasn t disappointed This story of a boy struggling to come up with a theory that describes the arc of his 19 relationships with girls named Katherine was, in many places, laugh out loud funny Even with flashbacks, the pacing never flagged, and though it wasn t the world s most unpredictable plot, I was never bored.The real charm in this book is both the characters larger than life, quirky people who don t quite fit into society and the dialog In John Green s hands, dialog is a weapon and he slayed me I m thrilled that he has a two other novels and a recent anthology for me to work through next wondering why all my reviews are five stars Because I m only reviewing my favorite books not every book I read Consider a novel s presence on my Goodreads bookshelf as a hearty endorsement I can t believe I just said hearty It sounds like a stew.


  7. says:

    Colin Singleton is not a vampire or a werewolf or a sorcerer or a punning Austin zombie He doesn t live in a dystopian society, he hasn t slept with his teacher He doesn t do drugs, his parents aren t divorced, and he s suffered no traumas unless you count being dumped by a slew okay, nineteen of girls named Katherine So, why am I reading this I have been programmed to only care about supernatural cute boys I call this my mid life crisis If I give in and self analyze, I would say that I m avoiding real life I m letting myself get caught up in situations that I would have daydreamed about at maybe age 12 Being the damsel in distress , being unconditionally loved for qualities that I have not yet discovered in myself Feeling safe, always protected by really cute guys the bad guys always get caught, and everyone lives happily ever after What I m avoiding is that memory of that drive that happens somewhere around age 16 Where you feel like you have the ability to change the world That you will go off and do amazing things and that your whole life is waiting for you It s a rush I remember sitting in the Boston Commons on summer night in 1988, I was 17, freshly graduated waiting to start college we had just moved into an apartment in East Boston and Jimmy Cliff was playing a concert in the park I didn t have to tell anyone where I was going or when I would be back I remember sitting on this hill, staring at the sky through the trees, listening to that reggae beat and thinking I am free I am young and I can do anything THAT is what I m running from So, when I finished AAOK, I almost resented Green for reminding me of that Then, I had this selfless epiphany This is not for me This was written for that generation Those kids that are getting ready to change the world They want to matter , they want to be remembered I really envy them Not in that self piteous way just in that youthful energetic way I get this way each fall when I watch the kids slumping off to UVM They look so hopeful and serious Why does that have to fade This is a road trip book I ve seen it listed as such I would expand on that road trip theme and make it not just a literal one Colin wants to get away from being the dumpee of all girls named Katherine But, it s than that Colin has always been considered a child prodigy and he s thinking that maybe that isn t enough to matter or to make a mark on the world After all, a prodigy isn t a genius A prodigy regurgitates A genius creates Colin s road trip is much mental than led on I like that Colin doesn t sparkle or have telling scars I picture him as a cooler Napoleon Dynamite He has a sidekick A pudgy Horatio He has a talent for anagramming And he likes math Okay, I was all for it except for the math part Ugh I admit, I skimmed a lot of the theorems and graphs and algebraic equations Lost me there But, anagramming swoon I am an anagramming nerd Regard naming man, Drain Merman Gang, Ragged Man Arm Inn Colin and his Horatio, Hassan, end up leaving Chicago and turning up in Gutshot, Tennessee THAT is a horror story dead end turn of events I went all Ned Beatty and shuddered and almost stopped reading But, I m learning to fight my biases it s one of those mid life crisis goals The south is NOT scary not always Gutshot Really That was hard to swallow, I m sure there are towns named that and all, but I m taking baby steps here Colin has many Eureka moments in Gutshot and each one makes me love him He s a sweet kid who just wants to be loved, to not be left behind Who can fault that Colin quotes Democritus Everywhere man blames nature and fate, yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passions, his mistakes and weaknesses What a great quote to pass on to Generation Z or whatever they are now I wish that I had that when I was young I might not have set myself up for failure I hope that these kids carry this with them because I feel a kinship with them I was a Reagan kid, they are Bush 34 kids we know This book really does give hope if not understanding the need for hope if that makes sense I hear that there is a movie in the works I m sure they ll pretty up Colin and make him seem quirky and all that, but I hope that they delve into that next level and give props to that insecurity, because that s what we need To see that it s okay if you only matter to yourself Ned Vizzini s It s Kind of a Funny Story had that same sort of message and I am saddened that that movie didn t do well, that teens care about zombies or jackasses My next Eureka moment to pass this lesson on to my kids.Post Script Oh, and I want to mention that there are footnotes in this book And it s okay It s like the DFW type footnotes where you feel like you have an extra character that you can turn to and say I know, right It s all good.


  8. says:

    Un libro sin nada que contar, nada original y que carece de trama Empecemos por el protagonista, Colin, siendo un clon del resto de personajes de John Green No eres un personaje interesante para nada Pero eso no es lo gracioso, lo gracioso es saber que es feo, raro, antisocial y me tengo que creer que ha tenido 19 novias D I E C I N U E V E S , es todo muy realista l es un fucker, y encima casi todas sus novias han sido guapas e incluso ha estado con alguna popular ME MEO ENCIMA.Tenemos a Hassan, el mejor amigo de Colin, que aunque es UN intento de incluir algo diferente e intentar normalizarlo es musulm n , se convierte en un personaje que vuelve a ser un plagio del resto de personajes secundarios de John Green y adem s se convierte en un clich gigante, utilizando su cultura y religi n para hacer la inmensa mayor a de sus chistes Genial, John Green, te ha salido el tiro por la culata Y luego Lindsey, una chica tambi n popular, buenorr sima y que de verdad, oh, vaya , tambi n resulta ser una cerebrito superparecida a Colin No, no es predecible Para nada Consigue a adirle algo a la historia, y me molesta, porque es una Alaska o una Margo de la vida Solitaria, incomprendida pero que con Colin puede ser ella misma John Green, haciendo realidad las fantas as sexuales machistas desde 2005.Me da pena que El teorema Katherine sea tan mala, porque John Green es un autor que en el fondo me gusta, pero creo que esta novela no se sostiene por ning n lado La trama no es clara si es que podemos encontrarla , el hecho de incluir el teorema es absurdo porque no contribuye en nada, ni a los personajes ni a la historia, y en general, no hay nada que contar No hay una moraleja, no hay giros en la trama Es lineal, completamente lineal, sin evoluci n de los personajes Predecible Aburrida No tiene nada que digas oh, vaya, voy a seguir leyendo a ver qu pasa NO HAY NADA Qu me intentas contar, que te vas de viaje con tu amigo a un sitio perdido para buscarte la vida porque est s depresivo porque tu novia n mero diecinueve te ha dejado y a los dos d as ya est s bien Por no hablar de que no te crees que el personaje de Colin sea tan rar simo como lo pintan Es que es un chico tan normal para este tipo de novelas que no s qu tiene de especial Ah, s , nada.Argh.


  9. says:

    Picture this You used to be a childhood prodigy Member of an academic game team You excelled in school You were special You met a girl named Katherine and the two of you started dating.Then she dumps you.Then eighteen girls named Katherine dump you.Suddenly, you re a teenager with no claim to fame except for your former status as a prodigy No new ideas No girl No plans for the summer excepting wasting away in your room and moping.This is not your life But it is Colin Singleton s life immediately after his graduation from high school.Given Colin s history with girls, you might not be surprised that John Green chose to name his second novel An Abundance of Katherines After sulking for several days after being dumped again , Colin is dragged out of his room by Hasan, his best friend Hassan is confident that the only cure for Colin s depression is a road trip So Colin and his Judge Judy loving, overweight, Muslim pal head off for the great beyond that is the United States between the coasts Their road trip stops in Gutshot, Tennessee But the adventures don t Hired by a local bigwig to compile an oral history of Gutshot, Colin and Hassan find themselves staying with Hollis and her daughter, Lindsey It is in Gutshot that Colin finally has what he has always wanted, a truly original idea Thus, Colin begins to create a theorem of love in his attempt to understand his own rocky love life.Most of my friends who have read this book and Green s first novel Looking for Alaska agree that his second novel is not as compelling a read Having only read Katherines, I cannot make a judgment one way or the other What I can say is that I loved the style of this book There has been a growing trend to use footnotes in novels notable examples include The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Johnathan Stroud, Jasper Fforde s Thursday Next novels, and Ibid A Life by Mark Dunn which is a novel written entirely of endnotes Green continues that tradition here to good effect.The tone throughout is quirky, nerdy, and generally fun I don t know that reading this novel will change any lives, but it will certainly get a lot of laughs The best parts are, undoubtedly, the dialogues between Hassan and Colin The guys are just so likable In addition, Green s writing is snappy all the better to keep the laughs coming Like Nothing but the Truth by Justina Chen Headley, this book includes a bit of math The real math behind Colin s theorem appears in the back of the book in an appendix and Green even has a website where you can use the theorem for your own relationships if it doesn t crash your computer Despite all of that, Green is a self proclaimed lost cause when it comes to math The theorem was drafted by friend and resident mathematician for Brotherhood 2.0 , Daniel Biss I wanted to share this for a couple of reasons First, because I think it s great that Green is writing outside of what some might call his comfort zone and, second, because it should illustrate that you don t have to like math to enjoy a book that features a lot of math.Anyway, if you need a cheerful book with some fun, lovable characters I don t think you can do better than this book which was recently nominated for the LA Times Book Award in addition to being selected as a Printz Award honor book Looking for Alaska won the actual Printz Award, just to put that into perspective.You can find this review and on my blog Miss Print


  10. says:

    Had I been reading this on paper instead of my computer, it probably would have gone into the fireplace here She was incredibly hot in that popular girl with bleached teeth and anorexia kind of way, which was Colin s least favorite way of being hot And if somehow it had survived that initial immolation, I definitely would have shredded it for birdcage fodder and I don t even own a bird here She looked prettier than she ever had before Colin always preferred girls without makeup This book was everything I don t like about John Green And I ve already spent enough of my one precious life complaining about how his books are the literary embodiment of high school boys being unsuccessful in love and the general social hierarchy and then constructing an impossibly unpleasant wall of moral superiority as some sort of retroactive explanation for why no one likes them they re all stupid and superficial anyway and I m ABOVE all of that when really maybe they re just obnoxious or plain unlucky and they can t seem to realize that etc etc to want to spend much time on it Basically this is the platonic ideal of John Green books His books teach bad lessons to fragile kids and turn them into insufferable judgmental douchebags.So Colin, maybe all those Katherines dumped you because you re kind of an asshole Where s the variable for that