2013 Book Review #3 An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

When it comes to attraction with the opposite sex, most people have a type. It’s almost always a physical trait. For Colin though it was a name, Katherine to be precise. Colin is the protagonist in John Green’s novel, An Abundance of Katherines. Colin was fortunate enough to have met quite a few of Katherines in his life. His count grew up until a 19th Katherine who unfortunately had recently dumped him.

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And so begins this amusing and sort of whimsical novel. The mood that the novel conveyed reminded me so much of The Perks of Being a Wallflower minus the dramatic and sad parts. When Katherine the 19th dumped Colin, he thought he wouldn’t be happy again. His best friend Hassan, coaxed him to go on a road trip as a means of distraction from his heartache. In a town named Gutshot, he met a girl named Lindsey. For the summer, Colin and Hassan stayed at Lindsey’s place while Colin mulled things over and they got a job to interview people around the town.

An Abundance of Katherines is a fun and amusing read for me. I kept imagining Hassan to be the Indian guy in Parks and Recreation even though he is a Muslim. This a book for those who have experienced getting their hearts broken more than once. I’d expect some parts to be highly relatable. Colin tortured himself after the break-up pondering over minute details of their relationship and of course Katherine. Haven’t we all gone through that too?
I found Colin to be an endearing character in all his weirdness. I know I have a soft spot for geeks and nerds so that can be a factor too. Lindsey was just so much fun but there’s also a depth and honesty to her character that will make readers root for her. An Abundance of Katherines is a must-read for those lazy summer afternoons. It doesn’t have an overly complicated plot but the lightness is part of its charm. I know you’ll find the novel to be quite uplifting.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
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