Saturday, November 23, 2013

Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green


Title: An Abundance of Katherines 
Author: John Green 
Release Date: September 21, 2006
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile 
Source: Bought 


My Rating: fullfullfullfullBlank

Katherine V thought boys were gross.
Katherine X just wanted to be friends.
Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail.
K-19 broke his heart.
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.

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. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself. (taken from goodreads.com)
I have had a rough couple of weeks recently. My medicine? John Green's novels. They're my go-to pick-me-ups. Like ice cream after a break up or warm pajamas after a long day of work, Green's books never fail to improve my mood. They provide perspectives and insights on the world that few other authors' works can rival. Therefore, I'd never pass up an opportunity to praise one of his novels. 

Colin is quite an original protagonist. A child prodigy, he has this fervent desire to prove himself and matter in the world. Green does a superb job of conveying Colin's social awkwardness and strange mind. From complicated mathematical formulas to side-notes of historical facts on every other page, Green reveals Colin's love of knowledge throughout the story. I always appreciate a character who stands out from the stereotypical young adult lit cast. 

Having recently been through a breakup, I can say that Green provides a harsh and honest portrayal of a Dumpee's recovery. Colin's journey to self-acceptance is one that I'm sure most people can relate to. After all, who hasn't had their heart trodden upon a once or twice? That's why I adore Green. He takes the fears, passions, joys, and pains of humankind and bundles them up into a well-written, heart-wrenching novel. 

“People are supposed to care. It's good that people mean something to you, that you miss people when they're gone.” 

While it's not another stellar read like The Fault in Our Stars or Looking for Alaska, this is another read you still don't want to miss. A perfect read for those in need of comfort, An Abundance of Katherines looks at the unpredictability of life's twists and turns, especially when it comes to love. Once again, Green has impressed me with his ability to capture the essence of the young adult mind. Highly recommended to any of his fans, and if you aren't already a fan of John Green, you're doing it wrong.