An Abundance of Katherines – Green, John

3/10

An Abundance of Katherines

Synopsis

19 Katherines and counting… When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is 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 blood-thirsty 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.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

When I began this book, I was excited – after all I have loved every other John Green book that I have read and I thought I would love this one. I was wrong. It started off by making me laugh which I took as a positive sign, however very soon I became bored with Colin’s constant whining about how he is not a genius. I also found the mathematical formulas, which I didn’t understand, an unnecessary addition to the plot, particularly as the character creating them apparently ‘hates maths.’

I found the footnotes distracting and although it is not a necessity to read them, I didn’t dare miss them out in case they were going to add any plot twists to the story line. (They didn’t, if you hadn’t guessed).

All in all, I was very disappointed with this book – it didn’t live up to my high expectations of John Green’s books. I wouldn’t waste your time on this book unless you fancy reading pages and pages of mathematical formulas and moaning on the part of the main character.

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