Tuesday, January 11, 2011

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Speak (Penguin)
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 215
Challenges: I want more, Young Adult, Off the shelf
Author's Website
My rating: 4/5

Simple Description:
Colin is a child prodigy, not to be confused with genius.  He's getting ready to head off to college but before that happens he ends up taking a road trip with his friend Hassan.  The road trip comes about as a way for Hassan to take Colin's mind off of being dumped, for the 19th time, by a girl named Katherine. See, Colin likes the name Katherine and seems to be attracted to it, and to only date women with that name.  Yet, they always dump him.

Colin and Hassan end up in Gutshot, TN.  Here they meet Lindsey, a girl their age, and end up staying with her and her Mom in a pink mansion for several weeks.  During these weeks Colin works on creating a theorem that would show  how long a relationship will last and who will be the dumpee, all based on the 19 Katherines.

This road trip ends up being a break through for Colin and Hassan, and even Lindsey.  Colin does things he would have never done otherwise and he learns more about himself.  In fact Lindsey and Hassan work through some things too.

Here's a quote that I really liked and I hope you will too:
"On the drive, no one talked.  There was too much to discuss."  pg. 183 

Now what you really want to know....my thoughts:
This is the 2nd book I've read by John Green and I have to say I really enjoyed this one too.  The author's writing style works very well for this book and the story flows and keeps your interest.  You can't help getting attached to the three kids either.  Colin and Hassan might get on each others nerves sometimes but you know deep down they really care for each other.  Lindsey is fun and you can see how she helps Colin evolve and grow while at the same time coming to terms with some person issues too.

I definitely recommend this book, I think adults and kids alike will enjoy this one.  Seeing as how I've enjoyed both books I've read by this author, I think it's safe to say I'll be reading more in the future.


Aleksandra said...

I still haven't read any of his books, although he's on my must-read-authors list :)

Unknown said...

Aleksandra - Hopefully you'll get to him this year! I don't know how to describe his writing style, but whatever it is, it really works for his novels.

bermudaonion said...

I actually bought this book because of it's title - I don't think you can have too many Katherines (or Kathryns, as it's properly spelled) - so I'm glad you liked it so much.

Unknown said...

Bermudaonion - I like the spelling of Kathryn - it's just different from what you normally see (and seeing as I'm a Kris instead of a Chris, I tend to go towards different spellings myself). Hopefully you like it whenever you pick it up.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Just the title itself intrigues me. That's a great quote. I remember driving cross country with a friend and a friend of the friend, whom we picked up midway, and that was often the silence that was going on as we drove westward.

Unknown said...

Si-sieeee Mac - Glad you liked the quote, I thought it was pretty deep actually.

BookAddict said...

I am glad you liked this one! I loved it. I really enjoy his writing style too.

Rhinoa said...

I enjoyed Looking for Alaska and as this one has my name in the title I'm sure to like it even more!

Unknown said...

BookAddict - I'm glad I liked it too. We'll have to buddy read some of his other books.

Rhinoa - I'm sure you'll enjoy this one since you liked Looking for Alaska, that's the other one I read and I enjoyed both a lot.

Literary Feline said...

I read a bit of the beginning in the bookstore before bringing this one home and didn't want to put it down. I love Green's style. I haven't read any of Green's other books as of yet, but I definitely plan to!

Unknown said...

Literary Feline - He does have a way of pulling the reader in, doesn't he?