An Abundance of Katherines

Kobo ebook | August 14, 2008

byJohn Green

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

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

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.

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From the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars Michael L. Printz Honor BookLos Angeles Times Book Prize FinalistKatherine V thought boys were grossKatherine X just wanted to be friendsKatherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mailK-19 broke his heartWhen it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type happens to be girls named Kat...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:August 14, 2008Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:144062979X

ISBN - 13:9781440629792

Customer Reviews of An Abundance of Katherines


Rated 3 out of 5 by from good john green tends to get stuck writing the same tropes. while this is surely not my favourite ya or john green book, it is still an enjoyable read
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyable One of my favourite of John Green's books. A bit of a slow read and it can take a while to get into but when you do it's really good
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute! I really liked the ending and I feel like it fits the story really well.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my more favorite John Green books Unlike some of the other reviews, this was actually one of my favorite John Green books.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh Didn't like this one as much as his other novels.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay It was okay. It's the least favourite out of all the john green books.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hmm... I still liked it, but it was my least favourite of John Greens books.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ugh! Every time I read a John green book, I promise myself it will be my last john green book. His writing is amazing however I hate they way he ends his books. It's always a disaster. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from yaaassss i thought this book was really quirky and cute. the protagonist is definitely really interesting. I would consider this to be one of John Green's better books, as well as one of the more underrated ones.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it This book is a little bit different from the other books I have read by the same author. That being said, John Green is a great author and this is another success in my opinion.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh This is my least favourite John Green book so far. That being said, this book was still a pretty good read.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from yay out of all the john green books aaok is def my most favorited and I'm literally lending it to 500 different people and I would rate is 9/10
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Solid getting-over-a-breakup read for nerdy types This book does a great job of conveying the feeling of getting dumped while also giving us some idea of why the protagonist gets dumped--so I'm both sympathetic and wanting Colin to figure it out, which works for the plot. Colin is pretty self-absorbed, his best friend is almost 100% comic relief, and I wish we got to know the female lead better, but overall this book has plenty of funny moments and I liked the use of the footnote gimmick.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Started slow The beginning was really slow, I left it for an entire year, then went back to it when there was nothing else. I thought i wouldn't like it, but it was cute, and funny.
Date published: 2016-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard to get into but worth it in the end Slow beginnings, but eventually you learn to love the characters. Hassan is soooo funny, and the math stuff is great for the logical person. I can really relate to Colin, being an engineer raised by engineers so needless to say I tend to use reason over emotion. It's got a really good lesson too, I do like those John Green lessons. It's the first John Green book I read and it's peaked my interest to read the other ones!
Date published: 2015-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from unrealistic yet intriguing This novel was fairly unrealistic. The chances of knowing yet DATING say 5 people named Katherine is slim to none, so dating 19 is simply unreasonable. However you will find yourself forgetting the nonsense and getting lost in another great novel by John Green.
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This book was incredible. I do admit that it started slow, and I definitely had my doubts, but then it got so interesting! Do not let the strange storyline fool you, this book is amazing and worth the read.
Date published: 2015-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read! Absoltely amazing read with a mix of several book genres! John Green is an amazing author and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next!
Date published: 2015-07-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from boring Very slow, boring, no real story line at all, didn't fall in love with the characters like I usually do. Reading this book was a waste of time. Very disappointing, I read the fault in our stars, paper towns, and looking for alaska and loved all three a lot, so i thought I would love an abundance of katherine's too. I was wrong.
Date published: 2014-12-29
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 Amazing Read! I really enjoyed John's style of writing and the facts I learned whilst reading were really interesting. Overall its a really good book.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read! I enjoyed reading through An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. It’s my favorite of all his books. The story is well told, and doesn't leave any hanging pieces like Paper Towns. The story is about Colin Singleton, a high school graduate who is a child prodigy and has dated 19 girls named Katherine. Him and his best friend Hassan go on a road trip after Colin broke up with Katherine XIV to help him clear his head. The story explores the value and meaning of relationships, as well as one’s sense of self: who we are and how we define ourselves. This is a theme somewhat similar to Paper Towns, but I find in Abundance of Katherines, John Green gives a more complete story. As the main character Lindsey Wells would say, it has a beginning, middle, and an end, as well as a good moral. Also, unlike Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska, none of the main characters disappear for a major portion of the story. I love stories that explore how we perceive relationships, and I believe John Green does a good job of this in An Abundance of Katherines.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from RN Likeable characters. Storyline lacking a bit but still a decent read.
Date published: 2013-10-02
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 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