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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141346094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141346090
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fully fun, challengingly complex and entirely entertaining (Kirkus Reviews)

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John Green is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author whose many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers, one of the most popular online video projects in the world. You can join John's millions of followers on Twitter (@realjohngreen).

John lives with his wife and children in Indianapolis, Indiana.


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By A. Ross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Sept. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I should preface this by saying that as 30something adult, I don't seek out "YA" (young adult, aka teen) fiction for my leisure reading. In the case of this book, I didn't realize it was a YA title until I was already hooked, and since I'm a fan of quirky coming-of-age novels, it pretty much fit right into my comfort zone. The story is about recent high-school graduate Colin. A former child prodigy, he is now merely another smart teenager with underdeveloped social skills and a yearning to leave his intellectual mark on the world. With the summer between high school and college to kill, he's also heartbroken because his girlfriend, Katherine, just dumped him. Actually, she's the nineteenth Katherine to sever relations with Colin (hence the title) -- although one of the book's enduring mysteries is how someone as neurotic as Colin manages to have relations with 3, let alone 19 girls, whatever they may be named.

In any event, Colin is fortunate to posses a roly-poly sidekick/best buddy named Hassan, who promptly prescribes a road trip as the cure for his malaise. Couch potato Hassan provides much-needed comic relief with his blunt talk, tough love, and love for bad daytime TV. It's also nice to see an Arab-American character in such a role. The road trip takes them to a small town in Tennessee, where they stumble into jobs and a place to stay for the summer. They also luck into friendship with a cool local girl named Lindsey and spend a good deal of time hanging out with her and her Abercrombie-wearing friends. Meanwhile, Colin is hard at work trying to figure out the variables needed to plug into a mathematical formula which will graph the rise and fall of any relationship.
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Well this was an interesting read, to say the least. This is my third John Green book but it has sadly not become my favourite.

The novel is about a boy, Colin, who is on the edge of adulthood struggling with the fact that although he was a child prodigy, he may not become an adult genius. His solution to that is to make a formula mapping out whether relationships will fail or not. This is also because he has just been dumped by K-19, the 19th Katherine he has dated in his life.

What I liked...

As always I really like John Green's writing style. It is insightful and fresh while never being condescending to the reader.
In terms of characters, I found Hassam and Lindsey the most intriguing. In terms of the problems they were facing in their lives I found them most realatable.
I also liked the unusual format of the novel with the footnotes and the maths. This was never too heavy though as the real detail regarding the formula and how it worked is reserved for the appendix.
The overall messsage of the book was what really struck me the most. It really dealt with the problem facing most young people: do I matter? All of the characters had to learn what they really wanted out of life and how they really wanted to be remembered.

What I didn't like...

Unfortunately, I never warmed to the main character Colin. Even though he realised in the ended that maybe he was approaching his life in the wrong way, it all came to late for me. Throughout nearly the whole book he is extremely annoying and selfish. I thing I would have accepted that more if his realisation had occurred a little sooner.
There were definite issues with pacing for me.
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John Green is one of those writers who really gets you excited every time he produces a book and whilst his books are aimed at young adults, I have always found them remarkably accessible for both teenagers and adults alike. Having thoroughly enjoyed his most recent novel and bestseller, The Fault in Our Stars as well as 2008's Paper Towns I was delighted to unwrap An Abundance of Katherines on my birthday this year.

Colin Singleton, the protagonist, is a child prodigy with a tendency to date girls named Katherine. Seventeen of them in fact. After the latest Katherine dumps him, his wise-cracking, overweight, Judge Judy loving best friend, Hassan, takes him on a road trip to take his mind off things. All the while Colin is working on a theorem to predict relationships, hoping that he can progress from a child prodigy into an adult genius. Needless to say, the two friends find adventure, romance and learn important life lessons.

So far it sounds typical John Green; the road trip, intelligent young protagonists and a healthy smattering of romance. But An Abundance of Katherines differentiates itself in a number of ways. The first of these is evident from the very first page, as Green has included extensive footnotes as part of the book. These are written from the same perspective as the book itself, but are often side thoughts, ranging from translations of Arabic, Greek or other languages to interesting facts that relate loosely to the plot. These footnotes add a healthy dose of flavour to the book and gives An Abundance of Katherines its own unique character.
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