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An Abundance Of Katherines

by John Green

Speak | October 21, 2008 | Trade Paperback

An Abundance Of Katherines is rated 4.1429 out of 5 by 7.
From the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

Michael L. Printz Honor Book
Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

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. 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.

 
 

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 8.2 × 5.49 × 0.73 in

Published: October 21, 2008

Publisher: Speak

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142410705

ISBN - 13: 9780142410707

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from the Love Theory John Green's books are delightful and reflective at the same time. "An Abundance of Katherines" did not disappoint. The story would probably relate to a younger audience but this over 60 reader thoroughly enjoyed it. I appreciate his musings on life and relationships. The characters were easy to empathize with: Colin, the young genius who looks to theorize everything, even relationships Hassan, his friend, who wonders what he should do with his life Lindsey, the girl they meet after they decide to go on a road trip together. The cast of characters includes parents, city slickers and country folk, and a matriarch with a town factory to oversee. The story unfolds like a road trip. It is quickly moving with lots of philosophy and humor thrown in. Great read!
Date published: 2014-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Totally worth reading I bought this book for an airplane flight a couple months ago, and to be honest, this was probably my favorite John Green book that I have read so far! The humor, the plot, the characters were all so real and hilarious. I feel that I could relate to the characters, because I am approximately their age. Colin?s best friend Hassan is funny, and honest and there was one time, specifically when a dialogue was so ridiculous and amusing, that I could not stop laughing for minutes, and each time I would read it over and over, it would have the same effect on me. It was amazing, and I loved it. It did take me a while to read, and it could be slow at times, but nowadays, we are just so caught up in action books, and drama that we always want more and more. This book was heartfelt, entertaining and real in its own way. Colin, a child prodigy, is suffering from a breakup, from his 19th Katherine. His friend Hassan has an idea to go on a road trip, and they end up in Gutshot, Tennessee. The book continues with romance and adventure, and in the end, Colin breaks his chain of Katherines. At times I felt bad for Colin since Hassan repetitively reminds him that his knowledge is not interesting. The footnotes were helpful and humorous too, and I personally though it was a great way to show Colin's knowledge. The only thing was that I could not always keep up with Colin's formula, since I'm not the math type, but that didn't keep me from understanding the story. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book, it is totally worth reading and it's now one of my favorites.
Date published: 2014-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good but such a slow read I won't lie: this book is really really good. Out of the three Green books I've read, I think this may be the best one (yes, it even beats The Fault in Our Stars). HOWEVER, this book took me two weeks to finish. I finish most book within a couple of days, if not a week at the most. An Abundance of Katherines is one of those books where you do not want to read more than two chapters a day. Unlike The Fault in Our Stars, there is nothing that makes you keep flipping the pages. This coming of age story was written so so well. I completely understand why this is a Printz Honor. I loved the footnotes Green included. It made the reader feel that Colin is in fact a genius and prodigy by defining big words, terms in different languages, or giving more detail to presented ideas. There is a stream of consciousness in which Green labels "The Beginning" or "The Beginning of the End" or something along those lines. It was not until the end where I made a connection between two of the Katherines and I was stunned. There are a lot of literary wonders in this novel, and frankly I am jealous of Green's talent!
Date published: 2013-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Plenty of humour, great characters 3.75 stars Colin is a child prodigy and has just been dumped by his 19th girlfriend named Katherine. He and his best (and only) friend, Hassam, decide to go on a road trip and end up in a small town called Gutshot, Tennessee. I really liked this. There was plenty of humour in the book and I really enjoyed the characters. The ebook had a Q&A with the author, which I also enjoyed. One things I didn't like was that there were footnotes – hard to check with an ebook. I often don't like (and don't bother) reading footnotes, but there were some here I would have liked to. I did skim through them when I got to the end, but at that point, I didn't always remember what they referred to. I will read more by this author.
Date published: 2012-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sooo Funny This book had it all. Math equations, romance, feral hogs, Franz Ferdinand's grave! This book is by far the funniest book i have read in a long time. It had me laughing out loud at some parts. Colin is a great character and i loved how he came to find himself in this book. I also really liked Hassan. If i could pick a best friend i would pick him. He was awesome. Overall great book!
Date published: 2010-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant -- in more ways than one... So what happens when a prodigy - not a genius -- gets dumped for the 19th time by a girl named Katherine? Well, the prodigy, Colin, is convinced to take a road trip with his ever-joking best friend. This is a great story that mixes math, theories, friendship and love into a realistic setting. The characters are all fantastically developed. Don't hesitate to read!
Date published: 2008-11-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from true angst Colin has theory: he believes he can come up with a mathmatical theory that will figure out who will dump who in a relationship. Colin is a genius who has lived his life in fear that his genius will never be enough, and he will disappear into obscurity. To get over his latest girlfriend (all of whom are named Katherine), he and his best friend head on a road trip. I loved the scenes where Colin deals with his feelings of being dumped, it rang true to me.
Date published: 2008-10-26

– More About This Product –

An Abundance Of Katherines

by John Green

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 8.2 × 5.49 × 0.73 in

Published: October 21, 2008

Publisher: Speak

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142410705

ISBN - 13: 9780142410707

About the Book

Colin Singleton always falls for girls named Katherine--and he's been dumped by all of them. Letting expectations go and allowing love in are part of Colin's hilarious quest to find his missing piece and avenge dumpees everywhere.

From the Publisher

From the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

Michael L. Printz Honor Book
Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

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. 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.

 
 

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), and The Fault in Our Stars. His 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. John 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 (youtube.com/vlogbrothers), one of the most popular online video projects in the world. You can join the millions who follow John on Twitter (@johngreen) and tumblr (fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com) or visit him online at johngreenbooks.com.

John lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Editorial Reviews

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of the Year
A Booklist Editors’ Choice
A Kirkus Best Book of the Year

"Fully fun, challengingly complex and entirely entertaining." —Kirkus, starred review

“Laugh-out-loud funny…a coming-of-age American road trip that is at once a satire of and tribute to its many celebrated predecessors.” –Horn Book, starred review

“Imagine an operating room at the start of a daring but well-rehearsed procedure and you will have something of the atmosphere of “An Abundance of Katherines”: every detail considered, the action unrolling with grace and inevitability.” --New York Times Book Review

“Funny, sweet, and unpredictable.” –The Minneapolis Star Tribune

“The laugh-out-loud humor ranges from delightfully sophomoric to subtly intellectual.” –Booklist, starred review

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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