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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:Speak (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 272 pages
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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

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If you have an e-reader any one is welcome to download my copy. Happy reading ( )
  Terrable1020 | May 21, 2015 |
This was a pretty good read. It kept me entertained. It was about a boy, Colin, who dated nineteen Katherines. The last one broke hi heart so he and his best friend Hassan (sp) go on a road trip to cure him. They end up in Gutshot, Tennessee. The story moves on from there. Both boys grow in different ways while on the trip. It was a story about telling stories in a way. John Green has a great writing style. His books are always engaging. ( )
  bwhitner | May 8, 2015 |
The most interesting thought from this book for me was the difference between being a prodigy and a genius. It was a reminder that learning a lot really fast is great, but only ultimately important if it can be useful later on. When I realized who Katherine the 19th was, it made things a little more interesting- I always like watching pieces tie together that way. ( )
  t1bnotown | Apr 14, 2015 |
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. Made me really wish I'd stuck with my studies in math, but understanding the beauty of mathematics is by no means necessary to enjoy the characters and the story. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
Green creates such interesting storylines about rather interesting people…at least they seem uninteresting until Green spins a tale about them. He continues to write some crazy stories for young adults. This probably will have less censorship issues than other books he’s written, but I’m sure someone will take offense. Too bad, Green writes about kids who are real, who experience real life problems. Well, maybe Colin’s dilemma of creating a formula that will explain who will be the “dumper” and who will be the “dumpee” in a relationship is not the normal teen problem. But he has dated 19 Katherines and they always break up. His buddy, Hassan, an overweight, Judge Judy loving Muslim deserves a story of his own. And I’d like to know more about Gunshot, Kentucky. All these are things I couldn’t imagine caring about, that is until I read this book. ( )
  brangwinn | Apr 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
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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