“An Abundance of Katherines” by John Green
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I had such high hopes for this book. I had recently read The Fault In Our Stars so I had hope that Green’s other books would be as awesome. So far? Not so much.
One of the things that really bugged me was the lack of Katherines. Colin dated 19 of them. I was certain that they’d play a big role in the story. I was disappointed that the story ended up being more focused on one Katherine and made small, passing references at the other ones.
Colin and Hassan’s was the only relationship that I really felt. You could see and feel how good of friends they are. They care about each other but they also know how to piss each other off. I didn’t feel Colin and Katherine 19 at all. Yes, I know that her story is told in flashbacks but there was nothing to make me like her or root for them. The people of Gunshot were nice enough but they didn’t really make a lasting impression on me.
Despite my annoyances with the story, it was an enjoyable book. It was a quick read for me and was easy to get lost in. I laughed a bit. Basically it was just what I needed at the time.
The bottom line? Enjoyable but not loveable.