Book Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Title: An Abundance of Katherines
Author: John Green
Details: Paperback, 256 pgs.
Published: January 21st, 2008 by Puffin (originally published in 2006)
isbn: 0142410705 (ISBN13: 9780142410707)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Purchased

Description:

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. He’s also a washedup child prodigy with ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a passion for anagrams, and an overweight, Judge Judy-obsessed best friend. Colin’s on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which will predict the future of all relationships, transform him from a fading prodigy into a true genius, and finally win him the girl. Letting expectations go and allowing love in are at the heart of Colin’s hilarious quest to find his missing piece and avenge dumpees everywhere.

My Thoughts:
This was my first John Green novel and I had high expectations.  I’m not exactly sure why, maybe because of his personality on his vlogs?  I don’t know, but in the beginning I felt a bit disappointed.  It felt like it moved a little slow.  It was a tad bit boring.  But I kept reading and the book completely redeemed itself!  It wasn’t long until I was laughing hysterically and sharing pieces with my husband (who actually laughed, and NEVER laughs at books when I read pieces to him).  
I knew, just knew that John Green had to be a pro at creating a unique characters, and he totally was!  Colin reminded me of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory.  Not as extreme, and much more like-able, but still similar in ways.  And I loved him!  He was that great character that really jumps out at you.  And his friend, Hassan was the same way.  Between the two of them there were plenty of laughs.  Hassan was more of a funny guy, and Colin definitely was not, but in all his seriousness he still said some funny things.  
The story line is different because the two take off on a road trip and end up in a tiny town in Tennessee and that’s where almost the entire story takes place.  They end up staying and they both kind of ‘find themselves’ there.  
This book was overall quite good, but I really had to push myself to stick with it in the beginning.  So that’s just a warning, hang in there if your not feeling it, the second half is WAY better then the first! 


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