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An Abundance of Katherines (edition 2008)

by John Green

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Title:An Abundance of Katherines
Authors:John Green
Info:New York : Speak (Penguin). Paperback.
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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

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This was such a joy to read! It’s about a prodigy named Colin who has been dumped by 19 girls all named Katherine. To take his mind off his recent break-up, Colin goes on a road trip with his hilarious Muslim friend Hassan (I love Hassan, I wish John Green writes a sequel where Hassan is the protagonist). Along the way they meet interesting and mostly endearing characters that will eventually lead Colin to his “eureka” moment. I enjoyed reading this (including the footnotes) even if it contained math equations and diagrams. I give this 4 1/2 stars mostly for making me LOL several times and for the fascinating footnotes. ( )
  VavaViolet | Sep 1, 2015 |
I only gave this book three and a half stars because even though I thoroughly enjoyed it, it did not have the panache and exaltation of Paper Towns or the tough issues of The Fault in our Stars.
Lindsey, Hassan and Colin are all very likable and original; the Katherine Theorem a great idea and the adventures fun and entertaining.
I felt, however, that this book didn't have the depth of the others. While storytelling is absolutely what makes our humanity and that as we construct our narratives, we give ourselves permission to reinvent ourselves, but this to me (as a mature reader) was not much of a revelation and I therefore found that the ending fell a little flat.
This said, nothing beats a good road trip, small towns full of quirky, fascinating people, all wrapped up in an emotional roller coaster. For this, Green is a master and I look forward to reading more of his books. ( )
  Cecilturtle | Aug 30, 2015 |
Este senhor começa a ser um guilty pleasure de eleição.^^ ( )
  Ritinha_ | Aug 26, 2015 |
Can the real John Green please stand up? This is my 3rd book by john Green and I'm getting annoyed with the lack of predictability. There is absolutely no style, plot, or character similarity between [b:The Fault in Our Stars|11870085|The Fault in Our Stars|John Green|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1360206420s/11870085.jpg|16827462], [b:Looking for Alaska|99561|Looking for Alaska|John Green|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1394798630s/99561.jpg|919292] or [b:An Abundance of Katherines|49750|An Abundance of Katherines|John Green|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1360206426s/49750.jpg|48658]. If you like one of them, it doesn't necessarily mean you will like the others.
This book reminds me of [b:Going Bovine|6512140|Going Bovine|Libba Bray|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320391025s/6512140.jpg|4733312] by Libba Bray. It has the same teen road trip plot where a slightly dysfunctional teen is trying to find himself. The basic plot is that a geeky teen prodigy falls into a hopeless despair when his latest girlfriend (all of whom have been named Katherine) decides to dump him. He and his best friend are given the green light by both parents to take a road trip to get him back on track. Crazy, if not ridiculous, encounters happen along the way that make you question whether the author was on something when he wrote the book. The same question can be asked of Bray, but at least Bray's character was in an unconscious state on his road trip. Green's characters are completely in the here and now. If you like extremely exaggerated humor in the midst of a totally irrational plot, then you will like this book. There are some very funny lines that Green should get some creativity points for, but Fault in Our stars this is not. ( )
  valorrmac | Aug 19, 2015 |
Green has the ability to put words to feelings, in this novel he tries to link math to predicting relationships. If anyone could do it, it would be the great Mr. Green.
The book captured my interest with a Philip Roth quote:
"But the pleasure isn't owning the person. The pleasure is this. Having another contender in the room with you."
From now on all my wishes, those made on shooting stars & those made while tossing pennies into fountains, will be "Dear Universe; please get me into a room with John Green. I just want to pick his brain & congratulate him on his ability to make me feel using words...& now math."
How I wish YA novels like those of Mr. Green existed when I was a young adult!
Was it as good as The Fault in Our Stars? No, but it's still a good read. ( )
  PiperUp | Aug 14, 2015 |
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"But the pleasure isn't owning the person. The pleasure is this. Having another contender in the room with you." -Philip Roth, The Human Stain
Dedication
To my wife, Sarah Urist Green, anagrammatically: Her great Russian, Grin has treasure, A great risen rush, She is a rut-ranger; Anguish arrester; Sister; haranguer; Treasure-sharing, Heart-reassuring Signature Sharer Easing rare hurts.
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The morning after noted child prodigy Colin Singleton graduated from high school and got dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, he took a bath.
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You can love someone so much, he thought. But you can never love people as much as you miss them.
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.
I don't think you can ever fill the empty space with the thing you lost. ... That's what I realized: if I did get her back somehow, she wouldn't fill the hole that losing her created.
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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. He’s also a washed up child prodigy with ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a passion for anagrams, and an overweight, Judge Judy-obsessed best friend. Colin’s on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which will predict the future of all relationships, transform him from a fading prodigy into a true genius, and finally win him the girl.

Letting expectations go and allowing love in are at the heart of Colin’s hilarious quest to find his missing piece and avenge dumpees everywhere.
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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. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.

A Michael L. Printz Honor Book
A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
An ALA BBYA
A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of the Year
A Booklist Editors' Choice
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
 

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Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.… (more)

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