Abundance of Katherines, An

John Green
From the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars  Michael L. Printz Honor Book Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist 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.


Reviewed: 2017-04-03
I thought it was going to be about teenage love. I was not optimistic.

It was, but only as a jumping off point to more interesting things, so I got the pleasant surprise of liking this a lot.
Reviewed: 2017-01-29
This may not be the best John Green, but it is the most John Greeniest book, the one where he's most true to himself. All the smarmy things that detract from other John Green books—the pretentiousness of how every character speaks, being my prime example—feels justified in this given the parameters Green sets out here, of writing about a teen prodigy. The clashing of city boys with Southern girls and the inclusion of race and religious discussions and talks about factories and losing jobs feel all too relevant and sadly hopeful in the impending Trump's America. The "what if?" behind this book—what if a boy only dated girls named Katherine?—is the type of silly, far-fetched crap that I'm particularly into.

So no. It's not the most stellar John Green. Things are rushed. There's still a hell of a lot of pretentious postulating. But this might be the John Green book I've enjoyed the most just because it's so openly honest about how John Green really seems to think.

Overall: It's the Hunger Games, where all your opponents are named Katherine. Peek psychological torture. Just kidding. You've read other John Green, right? Yeah. It's like that. Definitely not The Hunger Games.
Reviewed: 2015-04-07
It's about time someone addressed the problem of dating people with popular names.

So says one of the myriad Ks on Readerville.
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