- Reading level: 14 - 16 years
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (15 March 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141346094
- ISBN-13: 978-0141346090
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
An Abundance of Katherines Paperback – 15 Mar 2013
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Fully fun, challengingly complex and entirely entertaining (Kirkus Reviews)
About the Author
John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles All the Way Down.
John's many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers and co-created the online educational series CrashCourse.
You can join the millions who follow him on Twitter @johngreen and Instagram @johngreenwritesbooks.
John lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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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.
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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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.
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!
Greens greatest strength is being able to weave together a particular quick, some great characters and a truly great moral which is not shoved down our throats but gently allowed to come to fruition in our own brains.
I highly recommend this book to both young adults and adults.
The plot was simple, but effective... But this was because the characters were really what made the tale... So, here we have a washed up child prodigy and his Judge Judy-obsessed best mate going on a road trip... What could possibly go wrong? I've said it before, and I'll say it again... John Green is a genius! Colin as a character is extremely unique; how many other book characters do you know who have tried to prove 'The Theorem of the Underlying Katherine Predictability'? Despite his nerdish antics (but hey, nerds are the best!), Colin was a very relatable character... I might even go as far as to say, he's one of my all-time favourite characters!
But unfortunately, and there's often a downside to most books, An Abundance of Katherines was written in a fairly confusing way... Unlike other John Green books, it didn't flow off the page as nicely... But if you give it a bit of time and patience, you get used to it! I still thoroughly recommend.
So funny and profound.
I would recommend An Abundance of Katherine's for anybody over thirteen. The words used are quite complex and there is some explicit content. However, should you be anyone over that age i would highly recommend you read it. At first, I wasn't sure of the characters, but as the book progressed i began to love them more and more. It was a classic John Green style novel, jumping into romance and adventure. If you are a TFIOS lover, I am sure you will love this.
I personally enjoyed the change. I found the novel funny, extremely readable, and lighthearted. Colin's relationship with his best friend, Hassan, was probably my favourite thing about the story.
That being said... it is still a very interesting and entertaining book. As with all Green novels you learn a lot of little facts along the way and the novel is well paced. The characters are quirky and the section with the feral pig had me crying with laughter on the train.
Definitely worth a read!