An Abundance of Katherines


Rating: ★ ★ ★

Katherine was Colin’s type. Not Catherine or Kate or Kat or Kathryn or Katie. K-a-t-h-e-r-i-n-e. And he’s dated nineteen – yes, you read that right – NINETEEN girls named Katherine and each one of them dumped him. Colin is a prodigy – only good with learning information, languages, etc not musically inclined – and an expert in being dumped. Finally after being dumped by Katherine XIX – yes he kept track of each one – his best friend, Hassan, decides that they should take a road trip to grow, experience new things, and get Colin’s mind off of Katherine XIX and every Katherine before her.

Soon enough they end up in quaint town of Gunshot, Tennessee to see the burial place of Archduke Franz Ferdinand where they meet Lindsey. Lindsey’s mother, Hollis, ends up giving the boys jobs for $500 a week interviewing people of the town for six hours every day and recording. Everything has an answer according to Colin which is why he is trying to formulate the perfect mathematical equation on the likelihood of being dumped. He swears he will only date Katherines, but reading this novel, I think he’s falling for Lindsey and he just doesn’t know what to do.

John Green has once again created one-of-a-kind, quirky characters to love. Though the book was adorable for the most part, it all just seemed kind of lost with no real plot – especially when the characters are interviewing the town’s people. Green being Green ties it altogether at the end and it all makes sense, you simply forget that you thought this book was going nowhere and the characters were doing nothing.

If given the chance, check it out. I will be continuing my John Green hype this month. Happy reading and look out for my next review of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saez!


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