Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Katherine V thought boys were gross

Katherine X just wanted to be friends

Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail

K-19 broke his heart

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.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up 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.

Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.
–Back cover of An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

To say the least, when I finished this book I was left with a sense of disappointment. I liked John Green’s other books, so I was excited for this one, especially because it seemed so much more lighthearted. It definitely was more lighthearted, but this book really dragged.

First of all, I didn’t feel like there was much of a point to it. It seemed like it led up to…pretty much nothing. I thought this was a big let down.

There also wasn’t much conflict. This made the book hard to read. There were a few interesting scenes but I spent most of it just waiting to finish it and hoping that something amazing would happen in the last few pages…. I was disappointed when it did not.

Secondly, I did not connect with any of the characters…at all.

Colin was a very awkward character. He was meant to be awkward and it was interesting reading about him because he is so quirky. He was amusing at some points, but there was no connection whatsoever. Hassan was probably my favorite character, and his little revolution at the end was inspiring. Still no connection, though. Lindsey was okay. She was even likable. I didn’t find myself really caring about these characters, though.

The writing style was rather distracting. There were footnotes that dragged my attention from the story nearly every page.

As much as I enjoyed Green’s other books, I was not a fan of this one. I give it 2.5 out 5 stars.