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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

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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    Looking for Alaska by John Green (mad.)
    mad.: this his john green's first book and although it has a completely different plot and characters it has the same style as an Abundance of Katherines
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    Katya0133: another book about a child prodigy, very different in style, but I enjoyed both
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Colin and his sidekick, Hassam, venture out of the norm by traveling aimlessly in the Hearse clearly away from anything home. While on the road, Colin is trying to write the Theory about his dating 19 girls named Katherine. Along their journey, the stop at an famous burial site, which then triggers a resting point and a job opportunity. Funny and witty, with male protagonists, a definite John Green book to add to your collection. ( )
  cablesclasses | Nov 8, 2014 |
Way better than either Looking for Alaska or Paper Towns purely by virtue of having characters that were more believable, relate-able, and, ultimately, real. Lindsey doesn't hit the MPDG hies of either Alaska or Margo, and is a much nicer and better character for it. Colin is a dick, but likeably so, and he's a good deal more self-aware than the "heroes" of either of those other books. And Hassan is... Hassan.

However, nowhere near The Fault in our Stars. The ending is a bit clunky, and there are some moments where the story just feels like disconnected parts. I dunno, though, I liked it a lot. ( )
  humblewomble | Oct 19, 2014 |
A strange plot, not very likable characters, and many, long, boring passages. Maybe this was supposed to be a complete fable, or a metaphor for something deep. Well, if it was, I completely missed it. Colin is a child prodigy who has been dumped by 19 girlfriends, all named Katherine. Now I knew that coming into the book and shame on me for not casting it aside right then and there but I'm a sucker for road trip stories and this one started out that way.....but not for long. Colin and buddy Hassan wind up in Gutshot, Tennessee, where Colin meets a charming young miss and her rube boyfriend, also Colin. No, the girl's name is not Katherine. Then not much happens for 150 pages or so. Thankfully, this is a very slim book and after another 50 pages give or take, it ends with not much of a climax. Not cute, not charming, not interesting. ( )
  maneekuhi | Sep 11, 2014 |
John Green at his oddly insightful best. There will be a full review forthcoming at accidentallymarts.wordpress.com. ( )
  mreed61 | Aug 10, 2014 |
3.75 stars

Colin is a child prodigy and has just been dumped by his 19th girlfriend named Katherine. He and his best (and only) friend, Hassam, decide to go on a road trip and end up in a small town called Gutshot, Tennessee.

I really liked this. There was plenty of humour in the book and I really enjoyed the characters. The ebook had a Q&A with the author, which I also enjoyed. One things I didn't like was that there were footnotes – hard to check with an ebook. I often don't like (and don't bother) reading footnotes, but there were some here I would have liked to. I did skim through them when I got to the end, but at that point, I didn't always remember what they referred to. I will read more by this author. ( )
  LibraryCin | Jul 8, 2014 |
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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
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.
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
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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