A teen review of An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.
“You don’t remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened.”
Following anagram-obsessed child prodigy Colin Singleton on the road trip of his life, he and his best (and only) friend Hassan go to the supposed resting place of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Gutshot, Tennessee. Getting his mind off his breakup with his girlfriend Katherine XIX, he meets Lindsay. There’s something different about Colin though…. He’s only ever dated girls with the name Katherine. Not Catherine or Katheryn, but Katherine. And with girls named Katherine, he’s been dumped. 19 times. Worried about only being averagely smart in the future, Colin searches for his eureka moment.
As all John Green books are, this one was amazing. I loved the vivid description of both Lindsey and Colin. An Abundance of Katherines was a great book, even though it had no real plot. There were many things, however, that you will get sick of by the end and if boring people get on your nerves, you may want to skip over a lot of the writing. The ending was definitely a letdown and was too expected. Ultimately, younger, insightful teens who like interesting, realistic characters and gradual romance would love this book.
~Tian, 7th grade
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