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An Abundance of Katherines (2006)

by John Green

Other authors: Daniel Bliss (Appendix)

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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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    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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    foggidawn: Both are great stories using the metaphor of road-trip for self-discovery.
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    Katya0133: another book about a child prodigy, very different in style, but I enjoyed both
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: Though they're not your typical love stories, there's plenty of romance in these offbeat, witty realistic stories of recent high school graduates setting off on new adventures (a road trip, college) that help them discover themselves.
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This is an absolutely delightful YA book. The dialogue and narration are witty, the characters interesting and sympathetic. There's nothing too dark or too harsh in either plot or language. I will definitely be reading/listening to this again. [AUDIOBOOK NOTE: Excellent reader! I'm going to look for more narrations by Jeff Woodman.] ( )
  Treebeard_404 | Jan 23, 2024 |
I am besotted with John Green, who is one of the cleverest writers around. Literate, hilarious, deadly serious. I am now reading everything he's written--unfortunately, I will soon run out! YA novels that are so intelligent, so spot on. ( )
  fmclellan | Jan 23, 2024 |
I don't think I ever finished this book but hopefully I can pick it up soon to reread. ( )
  florrrrr12 | Aug 31, 2023 |
An Abundance of Katherines was an interesting book by John Green - it's the perfect mix of YA and contemporary fiction in my mind. While it's not his best book (in my opinion), it's still a really intriguing read. John Green knows how to write a unique narrative and pull in the reader. Although, his books all tend to be different so you aren't guaranteed to enjoy this book if you liked his other novels. He does an excellent job at changing genres and narratives, and making different stories every time he writes a book.

Colin isn't the most likable protagonist, but that's why I liked him. He wasn't the typical YA character we fall in love with, he had his flaws. His friends were more likable, but to me it made him seem more real. We don't all love ourselves the way we should, so sometimes the protagonist should be more "realistic".

As for the plot, it's has a smooth flow and doesn't build very much. It's more of a contemporary fiction piece that follows the characters throughout. There's no major plot twists or devices that jumped out at me. Yet, this book still worked well in this context! With most authors, I would have given up with a plot like this, but somehow John kept me hooked. That takes a fair bit of talent!

The best part of this book is that it is full of epic quotes. John Green knows how to make quote worthy books that relate to teenagers and adults alike. I have found countless quotes that I can either relate to myself, my situation or my friends and family. That's one of the major things this book has going for it!

I definitely wouldn't recommend this as the first John Green book you read (unless you want to start off "weaker"). While I think it's fantastic, it's not the strongest book (in my opinion, yet again). Especially since this book is the type of novel that you either love or you hate (just look at all of the other reviews - it is split right down the middle). So, take a swing at this book once you've convinced yourself that John is truly remarkable through his other books first.

Five out of five stars - what can I say? I enjoyed it. ( )
  Briars_Reviews | Aug 4, 2023 |
This book is cute and quirky, with several laugh out loud parts! I wasn't expecting the silliness of this one......its definitely more casual and comical than Greens other books. The storyline is lighthearted and playful, and lacks the seriousness of his usual work.

Colin has an... somewhat asinine and unrealistic ....obsession with girls named Katherine. His relationship troubles lead them on a comical road trip where they meet ppl that end up being important to both boys. The cliff notes at the bottom of each page are a unique addition, and very entertaining.

Hassan is a blasts! Easily one of my new fave book characters!

This story is very obviously frivolous and supposed to be comedic and not taken seriously. I'm quite shocked at the critism of both the book and characters here. I think many are missing the blatant satire approach to teens Green took with this one.

Oh well, you can't please them all. My daughters and I appreciated the change of pace, and enjoyed it immensely!! ( )
  Jfranklin592262 | Jul 14, 2023 |
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Bliss, DanielAppendixsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
“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;
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.
Quotations
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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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.

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