An Abundance of Katherines

Title: An Abundance of Katherines
Author: John Green
Genre: YA
Pages: 272
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
ISBN: 978-0142410707

If I learned anything from reading An Abundance of Katherines, it is that “anagramming” is a skill that is both impossibly impressive, and useless.

In the opening of realistically captivating novel by John Green, a prodigy adolescent named Colin Singleton sulks in his sorrows of being a failure boyfriend and genius lacking in original ideas, and exceeding in worry if his nineteenth girlfriend named Katherine still loves him.  His Muslim, Judge-Judy loving friend named Hassan convinces him to go on a road trip for the summer, and they find themselves in a small town, abandoned by all but the few thousand citizens.

Being a huge John Green fan, and having read The Fault in Our Stars,  Looking for Alaska, and Paper Towns before this one, I can say, in my opinion that this wasn’t  of his best works.  However, that’s compared to a Printz Award novel, and another being adapted to film.  This novel alone is a fantastic book that holds several increasingly insightful thoughts about humanity and the subconscious desire to be important that lies in everyone, and it definitely deserved being a finalist Printz book.

Compared to John’s other books, it’s pretty much Looking for Alaska, or Paper Towns with slightly altered characters under very different circumstances.  It features an impulsive, secretive, extremely popular girl and a loser nerd with pretty much only one close friend who’s reputation is built around his comedy.  Sound familiar?  It seemed like a downfall when I first discovered the similarities, but then I realized that it’s like a sequel to his Printz winning book “Looking for Alaska” with an original twist of completely different circumstances.

That being said, it was still pretty good.  There were several moments that pulled at my heartstrings, several that made me stop reading altogether to just think about life, and there were even more hilarious moments that had me legitimately laughing out loud.

Altogether, this book is most definitely worth reading, especially if you enjoy pretty much any John Green book, or realistic fiction.  Just read it.

Reviewed by Daniel Pritchard

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