Monday, June 24, 2013

"And so we all matter - maybe less than a lot, but always more than none"

An Abundance Of Katherines by John Green

Last night I finished reading Vlogbrother slash Nerdfighter John Green's 2006 book An Abundance of Katherines. The Fault In Our Stars, Looking For Alaska and Paper Towns are some of my all-time favorites, so obviously I had high expectations for Katherines.

Colin Singleton is an anagramming prodigy who lives in Chicago. When his latest girlfriend Katherine XIX, the nineteenth Katherine he has ever dated, dumps him, his polar opposite best friend Hassan decides that it is time for a road trip. In Gutshot, Tennessee, the duo meets Lindsey Lee Wells. Her mother, Hollis, who runs the Gutshot textile mill, offers Colin and Hassan a Summer job, and so they decide they stay for a while.

I really sympathized with the main character, Colin, and I like the topic of making a lasting mark on the world, but overall I thought the storyline paled in comparison to John's other books. In true John Green fashion, though, the writing is still sweet and witty, and that by itself is a reason to still like An Abundance of Katherines.

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