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An Abundance of Katherines Kindle Edition
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- File size : 1913 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 259 pages
- Publisher : Penguin (28 June 2012)
- ASIN : B008BSOAPE
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #48,952 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I'm not against this book or something but I think this book is...., garbage? You may love it ,if, you like John Green...
Note: Better go for EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING...
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Colin is a drip - a complete wimp who is needy, self-involved and emotionally retarded. His saving grace is that he's quite clever but that gets dull really quickly since he never uses his intelligence for anything useful. I've met people like this in real life - they bore me there and they bore me on the page. Lindsey was a reasonable character and I actually liked Hassan. Otherwise not much happens in this book since 90% of it takes place in Colin's head - I mentioned that he bored me, right?
Style wise, John Green's prose is flawless. He has a lot of clever stuff in here and I like the wry humour. I will try some of his other books based on that. He's clearly a talented writer.
Can I recommend this to anyone? Not really, unless you want to spend four or five hours of your life in the head of an emotionally maladjusted boy who really doesn't consider the feelings of others and is obsessed with being clever. Also if you don't mind not much happening. If that's your bag, go for it, otherwise no, I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is not Green's best work.
Colin and Hassan have a great friendship and for two boys they were surprisingly honest with each other which I enjoyed reading. Colin is a complicated character because he was obsessed with discovering why his relationships never worked which frustrated me because I felt that he was missing so many good things. Colin constantly tries to define himself and is scared of never finding his place in the world, maybe because of my age, I just felt that he had time to find himself but I remember feeling the same when I was teenager.
I enjoyed 'An Abundance of Katherines' from start to finish, as always John Green writes brilliant and likeable characters.
After being dumped by the 19th Katherine in his life, Colin – along with best friend Hassan – decide to take a road trip to help with the emotion recovery of his recent heartbreak. Along the way, Colin – a child prodigy – decided to try and find a mathematic equation to help plot the course of true love. The boys end up in a podunk town where Colin discovers that everything that he thought he knew – especially the things he thought about himself – are not as black and white as he has grown up to believe.
Ok. I admit it. I jumped on the bandwagon. When I read The Fault in Our Stars last year I pretty much purchased every book that John Green had written. Then, in true Lisa style, I put them on my kindle bookshelf and let them accrue layers of metaphorical dust whilst I read a lot of other books but due to my 100 book challenge this book, An Abundance of Katherines, has made it to the forefront and I have now read it. Hazzah.
For those of you wanting to read it (for the same reason or personal reasons of your own) then I will issue you with a warning. This book is nothing like The Fault in Our Stars. If you are looking for a similar read then you have picked up the wrong book. Of course, An Abundance of Katherines does have the inimitable John Green dry humour and wit but it deals less with health woes and more with the woes of being a teenage boy dealing with heartbreak.
For me, one of the great things about this book is the friendship between Colin and Hassan. I felt that there was a silly verisimilitude to their friendship. The way that they mocked each other, they could be angry at each other but they could also be honest and tell each other that they loved or were hurt by the others actions. The story was more enjoyable because of their banter.
I really liked An Abundance of Katherines. Even though my reasons for reading it were admittedly flawed, what I liked about it was that it was so different from The Fault in Our Stars. It probably goes without saying that John Green is one of the definitive voices for a YA generation. What may have been said is that he is literatures equivalent to John Hughes. He just gets how tough it is to be young.
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had I been in a public place, it could've been very embarassing!!
John Green in my eyes is a little genius, there hasn't been one of his books that I haven't thoroughly
enjoyed. Katherines is not my personal favourite of his but it still deserves 5 stars for being funny,
original, heartwarming and because he creates characters that are truly three dimentional, none are the same
as another (a problem with some authors)
In this book we meet Colin, who yes is quite pathetic and needy and sometimes a little annoying with his
whining, but inside is a genuinely nice guy who has the guts to admit that he just wants to be loved
and he just wants to matter. Don't we all? Not such bad qualities to have and yet for some reason he keeps
getting dumped and he can't understand why. So he has his Eureak moment (Colin is something of a child
prodigy/possible future genius) he realises that he may be able to predict the path of a relationship using
a mathematical formula. I'm going to stop there, I didn't get the math, I didn't dislike it or wish it hadn't
been there (it was part of the story and not over done) but I didn't understand it. No matter, I will take the
word of Colin that it worked! The story did seem to lose and then pick up pace along the way but in the
second half really got going and I was unable to put it down. Green has a real knack for creating worlds
and people and making them come alive and the fact that his writing is laugh out loud funny is a huge bonus.
I look forward, rather impatiently to his next book, The Fault in Our Stars which I have already pre-ordered
to get a signed copy! Ony have about a week left to wait now!