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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
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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
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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (2006)

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The story itself was so-so, but I enjoyed the quirky characters, and the footnotes were really funny. ( )
  lrquinn | Jul 6, 2018 |
I'm not entirely certain that [b:John Green|13337625|The John Green eSampler|John Green|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1354210186s/13337625.jpg|18545985] is a good author for me.

The book fell a bit too firmly into the various tropes the teen books tend to. The overweight funny best friend who's squandering his potential, the shy geek of a protagonist who's looking for love but can't find it, the sassy independent girl... etc. It all falls a bit to neatly into place and at the end of the day fails to feel real, instead feeling like it's been scripted and will be showing a theater near you next summer. Too false.

It's also a problem when John Green's neat silly facts are largely facts you already know or have been debunked. Oops.

By the end of the book I was frustrated. It was left open-ended with nothing really solved or even nearing it. Too much [b:On the Road|15299073|Japanese on the Road|On The Road Series|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/book/50x75-4845f44723bc5d3a9ac322f99b110b1d.png|20954771] in a romantic sense, failing to realize that [b:On the Road|15299073|Japanese on the Road|On The Road Series|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/book/50x75-4845f44723bc5d3a9ac322f99b110b1d.png|20954771] itself was a criticism of that aimless wondering and a call to grow up. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
An Abundance of Katherines is possibly the best novel by John Green I've read yet (I haven't read any of his recent releases, to my chagrin). The characters finally felt rounded out and real (even the side characters) and none of them felt like they existed to cause Plot Things. It was a very warm look at a kid genius who just wanted to find a girlfriend. ( )
  m_mozeleski | May 14, 2018 |
Katherine V thought boys were gross
Katherine X just wanted to be friends
Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail
K-19 broke his heart

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.

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.
  JESGalway | May 10, 2018 |
I originally read this book in July 2010. I rarely reread books. I kept thinking it was time to revisit this selection. I was not disappointed. It held up well.

At times childish, and silly, it is also thought-provoking and just a little smart.

This is the funniest book I've ever read.

(Contains some language) ( )
  BoundTogetherForGood | May 6, 2018 |
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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;
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Treasure-sharing,
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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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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.”
—pg. 32
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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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