Monday, April 29, 2013

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Goodreads Blurb
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.

If you are looking for a companion to The Fault in Our Stars, this is not it.  This is a bit lighter, a lot nerdier, and a whole pack of cuteness.

This story was fun and nerdy just like I expected. We follow heartbroken Colin as he takes a road trip, attempting to find something that will make him "matter". Colin and his friend and travel companion, Hassan, end up in Gutshot, Tennessee. They make friends and get a job. Hassan finds himself trying things that he's never done before while Colin struggles to create a theorem that would explain the relationship between dumper and dumpee. The two grow and discover that the things they were running from aren't that bad after all.

I absolutely loved Colin and his dorkiness because he knows he's dorky and accepts it. He can even laugh at it.   One of his ex-Katherines describes Colin as  "dork chic before dork chic was chic."  All of his random knowledge and footnotes made me giggle and enjoy the story that much more. 

Thank you John Green for providing little gems like this to help us learn to laugh at ourselves and accept the things that we cannot change.

4 out of 5 stars.

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