Friday, May 05, 2017

Review- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

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Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life.

Release date: May 10th 2012
Published by: Penguin Books Ltd
Page numbers: 213


After having read The Fault in Our Stars, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines was the only unread John Green book on my shelf. So one day, when I was in a John Green mood (meaning I wanted to read something brilliant), I decided to pick it up and not so surprisingly, the book turned out to be super brilliant. There's just something so magical and addictive about John Green's writing and story-telling that it is both hard to put the book down and to finish it.

An Abundance of Katherines follows the story of child prodigy Colin Singleton, who after having dated not one not two, but nineteen Katherines, is working on a theorem to help prove the longevity of a relationship based on a Dumper- Dumpee approach. Now all the math love aside (which is just incomprehensible gibberish to my brain), everything about Colin made me love him. He was like most of John Green 's characters- simple, ordinary, relatable but self-centred and way too intellectually developed and enlightened for his age, who is just trying to figure himself and the world out.

Colin, along with his friend Hassan, goes on a road trip where he encounters Lindsey Lee Wells while stopping to see the grave of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Now Hassan and Lindsey were characters that I instantly liked because of how cool they were. Hassan was probably the funniest and most adorable character John Green has written, while Lindsey was a nice and smart girl who was the most relatable as well. Colin and Hassan decide to spend the summer at Gutshot, Tennessee when Hollis, Lindsey's mother, offers them work.

A story well told and extremely well made, An Abundance of Katherines is told in the third person point of view and has a mix of both the present and Colin's past with his many Katherines. If I were fond of or even the least bit interested in math, I would've loved the whole theorem inserted very cleverly and neatly in the book; but because I'm not, it didn't really matter to me. Which brings me to the most important point: in spite of all that, the book still managed to be fun for me, because it had so much else going on which was done in a lovely manner.

If, like me, you have read a couple of John Green books, keep in mind that this is a very John Green book, so if you, like me, have liked the rest, you're bound to like this one as well.

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