Published by Dutton Juvenile on September 21st, 2006
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. He’s also a washed-up child prodigy with ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a passion for anagrams, and an overweight, Judge Judy-obsessed best friend.
Colin’s on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which will predict the future of all relationships, transform him from a fading prodigy into a true genius, and finally win him the girl. Letting expectations go and allowing love in are at the heart of Colin’s hilarious quest to find his missing piece and avenge dumpees everywhere.
Hmm. An Abundance of Katherines is good. It’s enjoyable. In many ways I related to the main character. The application of math to romance was definitely an interesting concept. Ultimately, though, it’s not too memorable.
The main character, Colin, is a washed up child prodigy, scared he has passed his peak and will not be able to leave his mark on the world. After he is dumped by the nineteenth Katherine he’s dated, he goes on a road trip with his only friend Hassan to recover. He reaches his eureka moment and figures he can matter to the world by proving The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which would accurately predict who ends a relationship and when. I love this concept of being so stubborn to think that you can apply math to love.
Colin, understandably, has an interesting and unique personality that perhaps only John Green’s writing style can do justice. The book is written in a very unique way with a lot of footnotes to expand on Colin’s thoughts. Fitting, because as a prodigy, he frequently goes off on tangents concerning the information he finds interesting. Sometimes, however, it did get a bit annoying with my e-reader to have to flip back and forth. Overall it’s very engaging to read – I am once again impressed by how distinctive and real John makes his characters sound. He really brings out these unique voices in a very special way.
Ultimately, the story concludes with the revelation that you can’t predict the future but you can constantly reinvent yourself. For some reason, I expected a much deeper message than something so simple. Maybe my expectations for John Green were simply too high after I finished The Fault in Our Stars. But it wasn’t an impressive message to me.