An Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of Katherines

eBook - 2008
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Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.
Publisher: New York : Speak, 2008
ISBN: 9781440629792
144062979X
9781436269551
1436269555
Characteristics: 1 online resource (227, 22 p.)

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wombatcombat
Aug 09, 2017

I opened this book with great enthusiasm, and closed it with disappointment. John Green is a absolutely amazing author, but this book isn't far as well written as The Fault in Our Stars. I think mainly there wasn't much plot and too much math.

GCPL_Teen Jun 30, 2017

The narrator is a little nerdy and totally relatable to all the bookworms out there!

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SashaE
Nov 20, 2016

This book was well written in most parts, but very confusing storyline I couldn't grasp onto. John Green's books are usually very good. This one was just OK.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 10, 2016

I don't even know why I gave this book such a high rating but we shall leave it there for now. I may probably be dense or a bit shallow, but I really didn't see the logic behind this whole book. It made absolutely no sense to me. At all. First, how does one end up having sixteen ex-girlfriends? Especially when the protagonist is a brainiac (nerd) who has literally the most weirdest of thoughts and processing in all humans, ever? In addition, how do you possibly even know sixteen different girls with the same exact name? And happen to like and date all of them? Especially, since the protagonist isn't really the most social person at all? To me, that is almost a bit creepy. Almost like in those serial killer stories where the murderer does something to specific girls, or leaves his own signature behind. The good parts of this book however, were the parts with the girl not named Katherine. 3.5/5
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This book is one of my favourites. I love how this novel is written and I have never read a story quite like this one before. Reading this book made me feel very intelligent, and I learned some fun facts throughout the novel. John Green is an incredible author, and this book is a wonderful example of his talent. This is an excellent story, and a great book to read, no matter what mood you are in. Overall, I would recommend this novel to anyone. I would rate this book 4/5.
- @potterhead of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

An Abundance of Katherines was a hilarious and fun filled adventurous book. Colin, a child prodigy, thought he was a failure after the ninetieth Katherine dumped him (This time she broke his heart). Let me fill you in with the details; Colin is interested in girls only with the name Katherine, but all nineteen of them dumped him. So he decided to go on a road trip with his beat friend Hassan to get better, and Hassan agreed to his parents that he would get a job. As Colin obsesses over his break up... You will find out the rest if you read the book. This is one of my favorite books. It was so comedic and so true to how teens stress over things. I rate this book 3 and a 1/2 stars out of five.
- @SDJ of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Colin Singleton is a 17-year-old prodigy who has been dumped nineteen times by girls named Katherine. Some lasting only two minutes; others, two months. But for Colin, his nineteenth girlfriend was the most important and dear to him. When Katherine-19 dumps Colin, he feels depressed and unwanted. So, before college starts, Colin and his lazy, funny, slightly overweight best friend, Hassan, decide to go on a road-trip. From Chicago to Tennessee, they meet Lindsey Lee Wells, who is their tour guide for the resting place of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Hassan and Colin are also employed by Lindsey’s mother who runs a tampon string company. Colin begins to develop feelings for Lindsey whilst trying to prove ‘The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability’, which is a theorem that determines the curve of any relationship based on several factors of the personalities of the two people in a relationship such as age, popularity differential, attractiveness differential, dumper/dumpee differential and introvert/extrovert differential. In a story about mathematical intelligence and finding new friends, Colin begins to discover that maybe the world doesn’t revolve around Katherines after all.
- @CaptainBook of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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nayoh
Jul 05, 2016

I liked it very much. The premise was amusing, the characters likeable (despite their flaws) and they style engaging.

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LailaMLucas
Jun 29, 2016

The book is amazing the author john green is so brilliant

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UrSenpaiWeeaboo
Jun 01, 2016

"the cover is a lie!!"
I went out to pick up this book and saw the cover and like "Waht, is dis even the book?"
Then saw the title and screw it a least it gotta be funny on the inside. "Remember kids don't judge a book by its cover!"
(NVM its not hilarious as i thought it would be :c)

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kwsmith
May 17, 2016

Filled with sly humour, this delightfully absurd novel is really a wonderful love story. I think it's John Green's best book so far, perhaps because it sticks more to the "sweet" side of the "love is bitter sweet" equation.

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Bookcat18
Feb 05, 2016

While this wasn't a terrible book, it certainly wasn't as satisfying as Green's other books. I appreciated the good humor and characters, and the math part of it even made a bit of sense. The footnotes at the bottom of the page were helpful, even if the story could've used a bit more plot.

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sspaniolo
Jan 21, 2016

Likable characters and situational humor throughout

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Aug 29, 2014

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Jan 31, 2014

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Feb 12, 2013

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BlackCat_13
Sep 02, 2017

"Yeah. God. We could, couldn't we? We could just keep going."
--Lindsey Lee Wells

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gomez7
Aug 12, 2017

(Part 2) But there’s another way. There are stories. Maybe stories don’t just make us matter to each other – maybe they’re also the only way to the infinite mattering he’d been after for so long. Say I tell someone about my feral hog hunt. Even if it’s a dumb story, telling it changes other people just the slightest little bit, just as living the story changes me. And that infinitesimal change ripples outward – every smaller but everlasting. I will get forgotten, but the stories will last, and so we all matter – maybe less than a lot, but always more than none. And it wasn’t only the remembered stories that mattered. There’s a place in the brain for knowing what cannot be remembered.
That brief walk – from the screened-in porch outside to the Hearse – was one of those moments he knew he’d remember and look back on, one of those moments that he’d try to capture in the stories he told. Nothing was happening, really, but the moment was thick with mattering.

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gomez7
Aug 12, 2017

(Part 1) Collin all of a sudden realized: you can make a Theorem that explains why you won or lost past poker hands, but you can never make one to predict future poker hands. The past is a logical story. It’s the sense of what happened. But since it is not yet remembered, the future need not make any sense at all.
In that moment, the future stretched out before Colin: infinite and unknowable and beautiful.
Collin’s brain was spinning with the implications: if the future is forever, then eventually it will swallow us all up. Even Colin could only name a handful of people who lived, say, 2,400 years ago. In another 2,400 years, even Socrates, the most well-known genius of that century, might be forgotten. The future will erase everything – there’s no level of fame or genius that allows you to transcend oblivion. The infinite future makes that kind of mattering impossible.

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gomez7
Aug 12, 2017

Okay, here’s the thing about storytelling: you need a beginning, and a middle, and an end. And you need a good, strong moral. Or a theme or whatever. And the other thing is romance and adventure. You’ve got to put some of those in. If it’s a story about peeing into a lion cage, give yourself a girlfriend who notices how gigantic your winky is and then saves you from the lion at the last second by tackling you, because she’s desperate to save that gorgeous, ginormous winky. In the beginning, you need to pee; in the middle, you do; in the end, through romance and adventure, your winky is saved from the jaws of a hungry lion by the pluck of a young girl motivated by her abiding love for giant winkies. And the moral of the story is that a heroic girlfriend, combined with a giant winky, will save you from even the most desperate situations.

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jazzyjasmin646
Jun 21, 2015

"What is the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable"

SPL_STARR Jun 16, 2015

"The morning after noted child progidy Colin Singleton graduated from high school and got dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, he took a bath."

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PuppersPaws
Apr 12, 2015

La ilaha illa-llah. The Islamic statement of faith, in transliterated Arabic: there is no God but God.
-Hassin

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violingirl3
Jan 17, 2015

And so we all matter,... maybe less than a lot, but always more that none.

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im_that_girl
Jun 18, 2014

“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.”

"...she liked to take me for walks on the lakeeshore, where we'd watch the waves crashing against the rocks on the shoreline, and she said there was only one one metaphor, antd that the metaphor was water beating against rocks-because, she said, both the water and the rocks ended up worse off in the bargain, and then when she dumped me in the same coffee shop where we'd met three months before, she said she was the water and I was the rocks and we were just going to keep going at each other till there was nothing left of either of us-and when I pointed out that, really, water doesn't suffer any negative effects whatsoever from slowly eroding the rocks on the lakeshore, she allowed as to how that was true but dumped me anyway."

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jazzyjasmin646
Jun 28, 2015

Colin is a child prodigy, but that doesn't stop him from making the same mistake, falling for girls named Katherine. Colin's parents want him to get out of the house and so he and his friend, Hassan, go on a road trip. Many adventurous and funny moments occur throughout their spontaneous journey. Will Colin break his bad habits of dating Katherine's? Or is his doomed to repeat this mistake of the past?

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Keep_On_Rockin
Apr 04, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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