[Review] An Abundance of Katherines by John Green


young adult | contemporary | romance


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 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.

“If people could see me the way I see myself – if they could live in my memories – would anyone love me?”

This is my first book by John Green and I have to say that I don’t feel like reading any others.

Maybe I’m just not a fan of fast, light reading because that’s what I didn’t like the most about this book. The plot is simple enough, a depressed boy who goes on a road trip with his best friend to get over a breakup. Simple as that. That’s it.

However, the road trip doesn’t last long as they decide to stay on the very first stop and start working and living with strangers. Totally logic, right?

Now. I understand, Colin just broke up with his girlfriend who he loved very much, but dear God was he annoying and whining. I disliked him for most of the book, until the last few chapters AND because he stopped whining about this girl that dump him. I feel like Green wants me to feel sorry for him, to understand his pain and to feel empathy but all I feel is annoyed. I sighed in frustration everytime his mind “drifted back to her”.

Hassan was a different story, since I do relate to him, he was supportive friend and he seems to care fairly enough about Colin. I liked how at the end he admits he is selfish and that he avoids his problems by acting uninterested. I also liked that he was a fat character, I don’t see a lot of those. And he was indeed funny.

Romance was ok, I guess, for the book. Light, simple, not the main focus. And I say it’s not the main focus because for most of the book it was just them going to do their jobs. No real romantic tension, from my point of view.

I liked that there were things to discover but they were very predictable. However, there were parts full of infodump and many things happened right after the other. The last chapters felt rushed and things were not told in a way that made an impact. There was a part on the last chapters, where things float around and Colin describes the scene as something ethereal or something, I didn’t worked for me.

Might give John Green another chance, not anytime soon though.

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