An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

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43 Critic Reviews

There are tender tearful moments of romance and sadness balanced by an ironic tone and esoteric footnotes along with complex math. Fully fun, challengingly complex and entirely entertaining.
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Synopsis

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.

 

About John Green

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John Green attended a boarding school not unlike Alaska’s Culver Creek. After graduating from college in 2000, he worked as a chaplain at a children’s hospital. John’s experiences with patients and their families during intense crises solidified his desire to write for teens about the challenge of confronting loss. John works for Booklist and is also a commentator for National Public Radio’s national afternoon newsmagazine, “All Things Considered,” and Chicago’s NPR affiliate, WBEZ. “Nick,” about John’s experiences as a chaplain, appeared on “Driveway Moments” a “best-of” two-CD set, which NPR released in August 2004. John was recently featured in the Tribune’s RedEye edition and on television as one of Chicago’s “Fabulous 20somethings.” He lives in New York City.
 
Published August 14, 2008 by Speak. 276 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books. Fiction
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All: 43 | Positive: 35 | Negative: 8

Kirkus

Excellent
on May 20 2010

There are tender tearful moments of romance and sadness balanced by an ironic tone and esoteric footnotes along with complex math. Fully fun, challengingly complex and entirely entertaining.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Review By Regina Marler on Nov 12 2006

Green’s characters are quirky without having to gnaw soap or assemble a boyfriend from body parts. They’re also genuine enough to counter the sweetness in this novel, in which no one but the rampaging boar really wants to hurt anyone.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by some-infinities-katie on Apr 19 2015

To conclude, An Abundance of Katherines is a fantastically nerdy coming-of-age road trip that I would recommend to John Green fans and self-proclaimed nerds everywhere, as well as anyone who needs some good life advice.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Ellam25 on Sep 13 2014

Overall I really enjoyed the book because it was like I was having a life lesson! Colin's theory would only reveal the past and it could not show the future, so we learn that we don't know who we will become, as the future is unpredictable and we are always changing.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Mia, KECHGreaders on Mar 19 2014

John Green has written better books but it was still a very good read. I recommend it to anybody is interested in John Green or Young Adult fiction. Overall I would recommend this book to anybody, as it is a relatively easy read and quite light-hearted.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by acornsized on Jan 16 2014

I would probably score this book a 6/10 because it had a good base plot and the characters were well thought out and individual, but I didn't feel that some points in the book were as thrilling or dramatic as they could have been.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Lydia on Apr 13 2013

An Abundance of Katherines is John Green's second novel and the first of his that I read, prompting my long standing obsession: with talks of a film, hopefully we'll soon see Colin, Hassan and various Katherines on the big screen.

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Booklist Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Cindy Dobrez on Jan 14 2017

Green follows his Printz-winning Looking for Alaska (2005) with another sharp, intelligent story, this one full of mathematical problems, historical references, word puzzles, and footnotes.

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Pajiba

Good
Reviewed by Even Stevens on Apr 19 2013

I picked this up because I loved Green's The Fault in Our Stars so much, and while the books are very, very different, Green's voice shines through both. His writing is simple, effusive, and charming, and there's a love for his characters that permeates both books.

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Teen Reads

Good
Reviewed by Brian Farrey on Sep 21 2006

Combine the witty writing, the lifelike characters and the ingenuity of the story, and it seems certain that Green has another hit on his hands.

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The Daily Fig

Good
Reviewed by Victoria Testa on Feb 28 2011

The characters in An Abundance of Katherines are mesmerizing. They have incredibly believable flaws. Whether they are self-centered, lazy, or desperately trying to make everyone happy, the characters embody the beauty of being human.

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The Young Folks

Good
Reviewed by Luciana Villalba on Oct 04 2011

There isn’t any over-embellishment, or non-essential information added to make the story grander. Each word, sentence, person has a rightful place in the story.

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Above average
on Nov 01 2013

It is definitely not your typical symbolic, meaningful novel. However, it does not seem fair to toss this book aside without another thought. There is something to be said for the fact that this book has the potential to connect to teenage readers in a variety of ways.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Hanban12 on Jan 16 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed An Abundance of Katherines, and I believe John Green has written yet another astounding book. I recommend this to every Green fan, and especially to those who have not yet given him the chance.

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Teen Ink

Below average
Reviewed by rachelwaite on Jan 16 2017

Even though this book had many parts where I was rooting for Colin or Lindsey Lee Wells, the book seemed to lack the substance that other stories have. An Abundance of Katherine’s was not average; it was just an easy read because of its lack of depth in certain aspects.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by mrm721 on Jan 03 2017

I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an exciting and fresh young adult comedy/romance. But more importantly, I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thinking about what “the moral of the story is…” John Green’s ability to cause the reader to pause and reflect on love and life lessons is something everybody should experience!

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Teen Ink

Good
on Oct 02 2014

This book is not for everyone, but it’s worth the read in the long run. I laughed, cried laughing, smiled, and got sucked into this book every time I opened it.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by brettb33 on Oct 02 2014

I know the review seemed to go back and forth until it was kind of confusing whether I liked the book or hated it. I really enjoyed An Abundance of Katherines and would like to say that everyone else will also enjoy it. It is clear that not everyone will enjoy this book because of personal taste.

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Teen Ink

Below average
Reviewed by rachelwaite on Jan 15 2017

Even though this book had many parts where I was rooting for Colin or Lindsey Lee Wells, the book seemed to lack the substance that other stories have. An Abundance of Katherine’s was not average; it was just an easy read because of its lack of depth in certain aspects.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by winton on Jan 15 2017

Equally interesting and eye-opening, An Abundance of Katherines (which was a Michael L. Printz Honor Book and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist) will entertain you and at the same time give you a different perspective on life.

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Rhapsody in Books

Good
on Mar 26 2012

Green’s writing is delightful, and he is a master at channeling very smart, nerdy, pretentious teenage boys, as well as their friends and their girlfriends.

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Story Snoops

Above average
Reviewed by Shannon on Jan 15 2017

This award-winning, witty, and humorous book is fairly tame for a Young Adult read. The characters are likable, kind, smart, and come from loving families. This story accurately captures the angst teens feel during the transition from high school to college.

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The Book Smugglers

Above average
on Jan 15 2017

Good (although really I cannot give this a real grade because I KNOW it is good, I just didn’t particularly click with it beyond the quirky/fun level)

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The Book Smugglers

Good
on Jan 15 2017

An Abundance of Katherines is quirky and very funny but also poignant, even a little bit romantic and highly recommended.

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http://goodbooksandgoodwine.com

Good
on Sep 15 2011

I’m impressed by how intelligent John Green’s books are. They are multilayered and quirky, working on plot, character AND writing style levels. Never once did I feel as though An Abundance Of Katherines was dumbed down or pandering for a teenage level.

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Pretty Books

Good
on Apr 23 2012

Even though it didn’t resonate with me as much as his other work, it still deserves immense praise and recognition.

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Rated Reads

Good
Reviewed by Whitney Wagner on Jan 16 2017

The book is enjoyable, especially for those who love math and would enjoy reading Colin’s thoughts as he attempts to graph and calculate the world around him.

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Write Meg

Good
Reviewed by Meg on Jan 09 2009

Full of quotable quotes and other anecdotes, I definitely recommend this one to lovers of literature — not just young adult. Also a great read for young men, which can sometimes be tough to find in the YA market.

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Below average
on Jan 03 2017

I usually like John Green’s writing, but even that couldn’t save this book. The humour just didn’t work.

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Musings of a Bookish Kitty

Good
Reviewed by Wendy Runyon on May 18 2010

Not everything always works out as we might hope, and sometimes the answers we are searching for are right in front of us. I enjoyed An Abundance of Katherines quite a bit and look forward to reading more by John Green in the future.

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Just a Lil' Lost...

Good
Reviewed by MICHELE on Mar 31 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed the wit and banter in this John Green novel (that wasn’t as sad as The Fault in Our Stars was). An Abundance of Katherines is a great read, with an important underlying message that I felt was the moral of the story

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Lost in a Great Book

Good
on Apr 07 2013

Would I recommend this read? Yes, absolutely. It is another “The Fault In Our Stars”? Not at all – but that’s what makes John Green a great writer. He doesn’t write the same book twice, even when some of the components may seem similar, and he always leaves you thinking.

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Alexa Loves Books

Good
on Jun 04 2012

I loved the inclusion of footnotes. Though it may seem a bit nerdy, I thought they were a great way to explain certain terms and points in the story without making the actual narrative too wordy.

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On The Wings Of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Kimberly on Jun 04 2013

An Abundance of Katherines was enjoyable, but didn’t blow me away like A Fault In Our Stars or Looking for Alaska did.

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Diary of a Bookworm

Good
on Jun 18 2012

Besides being funny and clever, An Abundance of Katherine's won me over for its distinctive messaging about being 100%, unapologetically yourself, and loving it.

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Of Books and Boys

Below average
Reviewed by Wendy on Sep 14 2015

The story is worthwhile and definitely causes the reader to think about friendship, love, purpose, and meaning. However, I think it could have just as easily been told without the constant language...

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Reading Addict

Above average
Reviewed by Karen on Nov 23 2013

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.

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Good
Reviewed by Amanda on Mar 21 2012

An Abundance of Katherines is a book that I would happily recommend — not just to teens, but to adults as well, especially those who like their books humorous.

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Death, Books and Tea

Above average
on Feb 07 2013

With the writing, the prose isn’t that amazing. The shedload of factnotes are a differnt matter, rivalling the hilarity of Good Omens’ footnotes (something which I wasn’t sure was possible).

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Bunbury in the Stacks

Good
Reviewed by Heidi on May 02 2012

An Abundance of Katherines is full of profound eureka moments about what it means to be an average person living life and what impact that might have, not on the world but on you. It was hilarious, fun, and full of insight...

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Brush Up On Your Reading

Excellent
Reviewed by Nina on Feb 04 2011

The narration conveyed a sense of both youth and intelligence and that unique John Green appeal. I would definitely read this book over and over again for Years.

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Teen Lit Rocks

Above average
Reviewed by Diana on Jan 08 2014

Compared to John’s other books, it’s pretty much Looking for Alaska, or Paper Towns with slightly altered characters under very different circumstances...That being said, it was still pretty good. There were several moments that pulled at my heartstrings

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Bildungsroman

Good
on Sep 21 2006

I began to gently stick them to my favorite pages of An Abundance of Katherines. By the time I was done with this book, I was nearly out of flags and felt the urge to go purchase more.

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