January 3, 2014

Book Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Title: An Abundance of Katherines
Author: John Green
Genre: Contemporary/Young Adult

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type is 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, washedup 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.

To be honest, upon reading the first few chapters of this book, I was determined to stop reading it and move on with another book in my shelf. It took me a year and three months to actually finish it. But there were a few things at least, that made me go through it. 

What I liked about this book was John Green's descriptions. He wrote about things very vividly, and you could always visualize them in your head. For example, a Pepto-Bismolly pink house; Another were the endless footnotes that were factual and interesting for me, contradicting to how Hassan sees them uninteresting; the plot points that you'd least expect; Those were, in my opinion, the aspects of this book that entertained me and kept me from hiding it at the back of my shelf.

One last thing, I like how John Green emphasized that Colin is a smartypants, as Lindsey calls him, a boy with no talent other than anagramming, typing, coming up with theories; a boy who has a lazy, overweight best and only friend; a boy who has this huge, constant obsession with dating girls named Katherine, to transform into someone who had discovered his own eureka moment in a series of events during a roadtrip. 

John Green made his readers realize that Colin's as normal as anyone. Insecure, maybe. Sensitive, maybe. That everyone has a problem. May it be someone who's a child prodigy, someone who's popular or not, someone who's obsessed with dating girls, and maybe someone who makes theorems to calculate the future relationships that he might have. Colin not only showed that, but the rest of the characters as well. I loved how at first Colin was just seeking for time to finish his theorem and leaving a unique mark for the next generations to see, to becoming someone who became connected to people, finding things in common, and that he finally felt part of a whole. And I love how Lindsey, Hassan, the whole place of Gutshot, the road trip, were just the things Colin needed to fill the hole in his gut created by the 19 Katherines he has dated.

I'd recommend this book who's in need of a good "spiritual awakening" as Hassan puts it, or a good laugh. This is another well done book by John Green.

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