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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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not his best, but still a fun and entertaining read, filled with lovable, quirky characters that give you very believable access into the minds of teenagers. ( )
  mfabriz | Jun 26, 2017 |
Who knew math could be so much fun!?

I love stories about friends going on road trips. Coming of age stories. Even if they don't go very far and get attacked by a pig along the way.

I don't think I could ever keep track of so many Katherines in my life. This boys memory is crazy.

It was a pretty funny adventure and I felt bad for Colin throughout 90% of the book. Poor guy. I was happy he got a happy ending. ( )
  Shahnareads | Jun 21, 2017 |
Questions of identity and maturation on a summer adventure between high school and college. Gracefully written with both humor and pathos, even a bit of adventure. Even geniuses get stuck sometimes. this is a good book for high schoolers. ( )
  augustaspors | May 8, 2017 |
My least favorite of John Green's books. This book has a hard book for me to read. I like some of the one liners that John Green is so good at, but I was not a huge fan of the story itself. ( )
  Kenzer24123 | Mar 25, 2017 |
This is the second YA novel by acclaimed writer and youtuber John Green. Its a classic coming of age roadtrip story, that focuses on a quirky lovable main character. Next to The Fault in Our Stars, this is probably my favorite of Green's work.

Colin is a child prodigy, among other things a wiz at anagrams. He has just graduated from high school, and has just experienced being dumped by his 19th girlfriend, all who happened to be named Katherine. To drown his sorrows, he and his best friend go on a road trip. They stop in a weird little town that claims to have the grave of the Archduke Ferdinand. They stay in town for the summer, living with and working for the woman who owns the factory that is the main source of employment in town. While there, Colin continues with his savant-like obsession with anagrams and his search for a statistical formula to explain where his 19 Katherine relationships went wrong and how to predict future relationships.

Sure, not very esoteric stuff, but a fun, geeky read. One fun technical aspect of the book is that Green makes extensive use of footnotes to provide insight and snarky asides. Something I found interesting and fun in in a fiction book.


S: 1/26/17 - F:2/1/17 (7 Days) ( )
  mahsdad | Feb 22, 2017 |
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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
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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.
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“Hassan Harbish. Sunni Muslim. Not a terrorist.”
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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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