BOOK REVIEW: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green


Title: An Abundance of Katherines
Author: John Green
Published: September 21st 2006
Edition Language: English
Source: borrowed from MHS library

From Goodreads:
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 washed-up 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.


Mrs. Beamer's Review:
Meh...that about sums up my feelings on this book.  And that makes me sad :(  I adore John Green.  Adore him.  But this book...not so much.  First, it took me a long time (relatively speaking) to read it.  I just wasn't into it.  Second, I found the constant footnotes distracting...and honestly, stopped reading them about halfway through the book.  Also, the anagrams and theorem work kind of bored me.  BUT...Green's writing is witty (as always), the book is a huge hit in my high school library and I highly recommend it for teen boys.

My Favorite Quotes (from this book):  "Colin read and reread his yearbook...and considered how twenty-five of his classmates, some of whom he'd been attending school with for twelve years, could possibly have wanted to 'know him better.'  As if they hadn't had a chance."

"We fatties have a bond, dude...we've got all kinds of sh*t you don't know about.  Handshakes, special fat people dances - we got these fugging lairs in the center of the earth, and we go down there in the middle of the night when all the skinny kids are sleeping and eat cake and friend chicken..."


Mrs. Beamer’s Wrap-Up Rating: 0-5 (0=none, 5=lots) click here for more info
Language: 2
Violence: 0
Sexual Content: 1
Drugs/Alcohol: 0
Recommend for High School Libraries: YES
Comfortable With My Child Reading: high school
Potential Controversial Topics: none

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