An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

This was not the first John Green book I had ever read…

Goodreads Rating: 3.64 Stars

Description: 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.

This was not the first John Green book I have read… but it was nothing compared to The Fault in Our Stars. I was severely disappointed in this book. I have heard so many good things about this book and I was really looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately, I should have continued to look forward to it and not actually done it. This book was nothing like I expected it to be.

Not only was this book written for 12-year-old little girls, it also had complicated math that nobody could understand. That mixture cost for a very difficult read. I was not captivated by the story at all. I feel like it lacked any interesting variables. I do understand that the math part was necessary for the story as he was supposed to be a prodigy and I could have accepted that, but I feeling like it was written for 12 years olds I could not get over. (Was it written for 12 year olds? If so, I’m sorry for being so harsh!)

I feel like I am being really hard on this book and particularly harsh when it’s not necessary but it was such a letdown after hearing so many good things that I wanted everybody to know exactly how I felt so I decided not to sugarcoat it in anyway. Normally I try to give every book a fighting chance and I try to keep my reviews from being biased and mean but this time I just can’t do it.

Colin was a whiny teenager that I did not like in any way. I tend to get very annoyed with characters (and people) that have a “poor me” mentality. He even acknowledged several times that he was self-centered and did not seem to care. It was very annoying. He was supposed to be graduated from high school. His best friend, Hassan, was supposed to be a year old than him and already graduated for a year. Yet they both acted like middle schoolers 90% of the time.

I give this book 2 out of 5 stars. I considered giving it only one because I was so disappointed but decided that wasn’t fair. I however would not recommend it, unless as I previously stated you are a 12 year old little girl.

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