Tuesday, November 28, 2006
An abundance of Katherines
by John Green
Every guy has a "type", and Colin's type is named Katherine.
Colin Singleton is a child prodigy (never call him a genius) who has just graduated high school and teeters on that line between the child and adult worlds. He has also just been dumped by his nineteenth Katherine. In an effort to understand his attraction to Katherines and to figure out the direction of his life, Colin sets out on a road trip. With his best friend Hassan "I'm not a terrorist" Harbish at his side, Colin finds himself in the wilds of Gutshot, Tennessee, where he discovers an Austro-Hungarian archduke, a girl with a thing for guys named Colin, a mathematical equation of cosmic significance, and (possibly) the secret of happiness.
I was not a fan of Green's Looking for Alaska, so I was pleasantly surprised to read An abundance of Katherines. It is a light-hearted, funny, quirky book. I was really sorry to turn the last page and leave Colin and Hassan and all their new friends. An abundance of Katherines is appropriate at upper YAs (14 and up, I think) and for adults who remember what it's like to be a misfit.