An Abundance of Katherines

By John Green

An Abundance of Katherines


An Abundance of Katherines

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From the #1 bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our StarsMichael L. Printz Honor BookLos Angeles Times Book Prize FinalistNew York Times BestsellerWhen dealing with relationships, Colin Singleton's guy is girls named Katherine. And as for girls named Katherine, Colin alwa... ys gets dumped. Neunteen times to be precise. This anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket on a road trip miles from home, 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 forecast the future of any relationship, venge Dumpees everywhere, and win him the girl at last. In this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself, love, friendship and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions.



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Quotes from An Abundance of Katherines

Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.

In the first century CE, Roman authorities punished St. Apollonia by crushing her teeth one by one with pliers. Colin often thought about this in relationship to the monotony of dumping: we have thirty-two teeth. After a while, having each tooth individually destroyed probably gets repetitive, even dull. But it never stops hurting.

You don't remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened.

Keys show up when you reconcile yourself to the bus...

Babies are made through an act that you will eventually find intriguing but for right now will just sort of horrify you, and also sometimes people do stuff that involves baby-making parts that does not actually involve making babies, like for instance kiss each other in places that are not on the face.

Of course, sweetie," his mom said. "We'll be here all day. You just come down whenever you want and we love you and you're so so special, Colin, and you can't possibly let this girl make you think otherwise because you are the most magnificent, brilliant boy-" And right then, the most special, magnificent, brilliant boy bolted into his bathroom and puked his guts out. An explosion, sort of.

Reviews of An Abundance of Katherines


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.

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.

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.

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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