How did I get it?:
I bought it. It’s been on my TBR pile for a long time and I decided to join in with a readalong on Just A Lil Lost’s blog!
When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is 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.
I’ve read two John Green books before Looking For Alaska and The Fault In Our Stars (that review will be published tomorrow). I found the mentioned books rather dark so I was glad to read An Abundance of Katherines which is a much lighter read. It’s still got the classic John Green quirks for finding humour in a rubbish situation.
An Abundance of Katherines is original. It’s original in a way that doesn’t feel contrived. Colin the child prodigy has been dumped by many girls named Katherine. The story has good heart and focuses around people that want to matter.
The characters are so well developed and very believable. You get to know each character and form an opinion on them. They all add something to the story and they’re not ‘perfect’ characters which makes them instantly relatable.
I thought the footnotes were a fabulous addition to the story. I thought I’d be put off with memories of studying and constantly checking footnotes but I just thought it worked so well with Colin’s studious personality. I also thought I’d be put off by the maths Colin uses to develop a theory to predict any relationship between any two people. Lets just say, Maths was NOT my strong point at school and still isn’t now. Instead, the use of Maths again adds to Colin’s personality and how his mind works.
An Abundance of Katherines is a short read which is incredibly easy to read. It may not deal with tough issues like Looking For Alaska or The Fault In Our Stars but I think it’s worth reading for its quirkiness. There were moments when I actually laughed out loud! A sign of a good read.
Check out this video review of An Abundance of Katherines by Carrie Hope Fletcher:
Would I recommend it?