Book: The Abundance of Katherines, John Green
Publisher: Dutton Books
Release Date: January 10th 2012
Rating: 3 stars
Colin Singleton is a smart kid. A prodigy, in fact. As a child he was adored by teachers and his parents for being so smart, and of course Colin let it all go to his head. Now he’s graduated high school and is no longer considered a child prodigy; just an extra-smart teenager. Colin also appears to have very bad luck with girls. Actually, no “appears” about it; he does have bad luck with girls. He has had 19 girlfriends, all of whom were called Katherine and all of whom dumped him for some reason or another.
So when the latest Katherine, K-19, dumps him, Colin’s best friend Hassan drags Colin from where he was feeling sorry for himself face down on the carpet to the front seat of his hearse and forces him to go to on a road trip. They last about a day before settling in a small town called Gutshot in Tennessee. While the road trip may have finished, their adventures haven’t. After meeting in a small shop/tour guide office, Hassan and Colin end up staying with a local girl named Lindsey and her mother Hollis, after Hollis offers the boys a job. It’s here that Colin finally begins to do what he’s wanted his whole life: to create something original and to matter to the world.
After having read both Looking For Alaska and The Fault In Our Stars, I will admit that this was John Green’s least compelling book to date. I enjoyed some aspects of it, and the tone the book uses. It’s quirky, dorky and a lot of fun. Colin could be quite whiny at times, but I understood why. After spending so many years noted for his intelligence, to find out he’s not as special as he always believed has got to be disheartening. (Also, being dumped nineteen times probably took a pretty massive chunk out of his self-esteem.)
I loved Hassan, Colin’s best friend. He was the comedy relief and his little quips, jokes about his weight and devotedness to his religion was really funny to read. They always brought a smile to my face. He and Lindsay, the girl whom the boys now stay with, had some great lines that made me laugh aloud more than once.
While this book isn’t as life changing as TFIOS or Looking For Alaska, it’s still an enjoyable read with fun, interesting characters. John Green wins again.