From Shelfari: “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 at the heart of Colin’s hilarious quest to find his missing piece and avenge dumpees everywhere.”
There is a HUGE John Green following both online and outside of the webs. Naturally my curiosity was on high alert and I just HAD to check him out. I began with The Fault In Our Stars. I liked it a lot..but it wasn’t the best I have ever read in YA literature (Perhaps there was just too much hype around this book.) I was a little hesitant to pick up more because it seems like everyone places TFIOS as the best book Green has ever written. So, it could only go down from there right? No way! An Abundance of Katherines was so surprisingly entertaining and FUNNY (I laughed out loud a lot) that I did not want to put this book down. Colin is awkward and quirky without purposely trying to be. He doesn’t understand sarcasm, he thinks in equations, and loved to anagram everything. His best bud Hassan is sarcastic and really compliments Colin’s lack of outward personality. John Green’s use of footnotes and math equations enhances the story by helping the reader understand how and where Colin is coming from (sometimes his way of thinking can be hard to follow but the footnotes clear things up and give some extra tidbits to mull over.)
“Colin did not laugh. Instead he thought, Tampons have strings? Why? Of all the major human mysteries – God, the nature of the universe, etc. – he knew the least about tampons. To Colin, tampons were a little bit like grizzly bears: he was aware of their existence, but he’d never seen on in the wild, and didn’t really care to.”
Without giving the plot away (it isn’t an intricate one.. pretty straight forward actually) I will just leave you with this: If you enjoy a good quirky story full of laughs and adventures than this is the John Green book for you. I may be the odd one out but I liked this book far more than TFIOS.
“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.”
Rating – 4/5