Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Summary: 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. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.
Eh… out of all the John Green novels, this is probably the one I dislike the most. This book follows Colin, a bona fide genius who also happens to have gone out with 19 different girls all named Katherine. I had a lot of problems with this book concerning the portrayal of women and the sheer unlikelihood of most situations in this book. I’d say that the only character who was worthwhile in this book was the best friend, Hassan, who provided the comic relief and served as the voice of reason. Everything else about this book was just… okay. It took me a little bit of time to get through it because Colin is borderline unlikable and his qualms are just… whatever.
I gave this book 2.5/5 stars on goodreads.