Title: An Abundance of Katherines
Author: John Green
Genre: Young Adult; Romance
Synopsis: 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 are at the heart of Colin’s hilarious quest to find his missing piece and avenge dumpees everywhere. (Goodreads)
This was my first John Green book, having heard all about him from Crash Course and Mental Floss and so on. I have to say, for all the hype surrounding him and his books, I felt that this book was cute and witty, but did not really wow me like I thought it would. I don’t feel disappointed, mainly because I was preparing myself after the experience of being let down by another hyped author. Still, reading about Colin and his friends, and that blasted Theorem, made for a funny read.
This book had lots of fun little facts that I found interesting. The new words in different languages, facts about Tesla and politicians, and I even found the math rather intriguing. I don’t even like math! But I was still analysing Colin’s graphs (I didn’t even TRY with the equations) and trying to piece together what the lines meant.
I also liked the humour in the book. I love Green’s wit in his videos and it also comes off very well in print. This book definitely had me giggle-snorting throughout. I like the character dynamics, especially between Hassan and Colin. What I liked is how the characters are fleshed out, and how a real friend knows when to roll with you and when to call you out. Still, Colin’s constant whining did not do much for this book to pull me in.
Overall: I don’t really have much to say about this book. Three stars because it was funny and witty, and interesting in some bits. Otherwise, not one that completely entranced me. I wasn’t glued to it until I finished. Good enough, but still wasn’t amazing.