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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

An Abundance of Katherines (original 2006; edition 2008)

by John Green

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Title:An Abundance of Katherines
Authors:John Green
Info:Speak (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 272 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Teen romance, YA, coming of age

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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (2006)

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This is my least favorite John Green so far. of course, being my least favorite John Green is kind of like being the least beautiful tropical sunset. Still really good, it just didn't suck me in like the others. Then again, it also didn't rip my heart out like the others either. ( )
  hamm4d | Nov 24, 2016 |
This is by far my favorite John Green novel. Who doesn't love a road trip and math!? Collin has a type, and that type is Katherines. With his buddy in tow, he heads out on the road to find true love and prove his theory. ( )
  jenniferlbean | Nov 7, 2016 |
I listened to the audiobook which was read by Jeff Woodman. Jeff's narration saved this book because if I had read it, I would have been bored. Not John Green's best work. If you're new to John Green, don't start with this one. ( )
  JennysBookBag.com | Sep 28, 2016 |
John Green has done it again and this time with more math! Readers will fall in love the hysterical coming of age story that is An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. If Colin knows one thing, its Katherines, considering he had been dumped by 19 of them. If being an almost genius had taught him anything it was that everything can be solved with math and while on a wacky road trip with his best friend he started developing a theory to explain love and help him finally find it. This is my favorite John Green book and its only partially due to the fact that I love math! I loved so many things about this book and I think my favorite aspect of it was how funny the whole thing was. Colin views the world in such a comedic way that this book hooked me from the first page. The characters in this book were hysterical and I was laughing out loud every time Hassan said something. The anagrams in this book were just another hilarious part of the intriguing personality that Colin has. This book was very honest and even though the plot felt completely unrealistic the characters were written with such an truthful feeling that felt logical and real. An Abundance of Katherines is the kind of book I think every young adult should read and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for some comic relief. ( )
  rebeccabarer | Sep 5, 2016 |
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. ( )
  thebookmagpie | Aug 7, 2016 |
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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
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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.
Colin had always preferred baths; one of his general policies in life was never to do anything standing up that could just as easily be done lying down.
—pg. 3
But mothers lie. It’s in the job description.
—pg. 4
Crying adds something: crying is you, plus tears. But the feeling Colin had was some horrible opposite of crying. It was you, minus something.
—pg. 7
Prodigies can very quickly learn what other people have already figured out; geniuses discover that which no one has ever previously discovered. Prodigies learn; geniuses do.
—pg. 10
“Hassan Harbish. Sunni Muslim. Not a terrorist.”
“Lindsey Lee Wells. Methodist. Me, neither.”
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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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