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An Abundance of Katherines

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  205,318 ratings  ·  13,895 reviews
Katherine V thought boys were gross
Katherine X just wanted to be friends
Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail
K-19 broke his heart
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.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagr
Hardcover, 229 pages
Published September 21st 2006 by Dutton Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2006)
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Bryson Personally, I wouldn't say it's all that bad. I would say he's an irritating character, but that makes sense based on his intelligence (lots of kids…morePersonally, I wouldn't say it's all that bad. I would say he's an irritating character, but that makes sense based on his intelligence (lots of kids his age who are child prodigies would be fairly stuck-up and whiny). Though, I never found him to be so annoying that I didn't enjoy the novel or that it really took away from the experience. Hope that helps! ^_^(less)
Rebekah Dorrow Well at first it was a coincidence but then he started to realize that maybe he's just better with girls named Katherine's and he liked the way they…moreWell at first it was a coincidence but then he started to realize that maybe he's just better with girls named Katherine's and he liked the way they made him feel. I also think that he was is afraid of change so he resorts back to his same routine.(less)
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Jan 26, 2009 Dawn rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
Things that I was sick of by the end of this book:

1. Anagrams and tangents
2. Use of the words jewfro, fug, fugger, fugging, kafir
3. Colin's whining--actually, Colin in general
4. Katherines
Meg ♥

This was by far the worst experience I've ever had reading a John Green book. I really always enjoy his writing and humor, but this one just didn't do anything for me.

I don't think the book was horrible, but it couldn't hold my attention too long so I was happy it was very short. If it was any longer I probably wouldn't have finished it. I couldn't stand Colin. He was annoying and whiny and just because he acknowledges that fact himself doesn't mean it makes it any less annoying to read about. H
Emma (Miss Print)
Sep 08, 2007 Emma (Miss Print) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who needs a fun read
Picture this: You used to be a childhood prodigy. Member of an academic game team. You excelled in school. You were special. You met a girl named Katherine and the two of you started dating.

Then she dumps you.

Then eighteen more girls named Katherine dump you.

Suddenly, you're a teenager with no claim to fame except for your former status as a prodigy. No new ideas. No girl. No plans for the summer excepting wasting away in your room and moping.

This is not your life. But it is Colin Singleton's li
Colin Singleton is not a vampire or a werewolf or a sorcerer or a punning Austin zombie. He doesn’t live in a dystopian society, he hasn’t slept with his teacher. He doesn’t do drugs, his parents aren’t divorced, and he’s suffered no traumas unless you count being dumped by a slew (okay, nineteen) of girls named Katherine.

So, why am I reading this? I have been programmed to only care about supernatural cute boys. I call this my mid life crisis. If I give in and self analyze, I would say that I’
Maggie Stiefvater
As a YA author, I'd heard the name "John Green" whispered in the YA wind for months, but I'd never picked up one of his books until I read a synopsis for AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES online. My husband, a pretty reluctant reader, snitched it from me and devoured it, so I was expecting great things.

I wasn't disappointed. This story of a boy struggling to come up with a theory that describes the arc of his 19 relationships with girls named Katherine was, in many places, laugh out loud funny. Even wi

“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.”




You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog!

You don't know what expectations I had about this book.I have read other John Green's book like Looking for Alaska and The Fault in our Stars and really liked them especially the first o

Apr 18, 2008 Anna rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: not really sure who
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
I was not terribly impressed with Katherines. I read Green's Looking For Alaska and thought it was one of the best young adult novels I have ever read SO I was expecting this book to measure up to a higher standard. Unfortunately, it did not even come close.

Here's my beef with the book:

1) The characters. I had a really hard time getting into Katherines because the characters were not too likable. Green gave the characters personalities, but he missed something in the character development categ
There's so much John Green-ness in this book, I love it :)

1. Love the footnotes
2. Love Hassan
3. Love dialogue
4. Love the story

Fuggin right.

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I tried. I really did, believe me! But I can't do it, it's boring, it has no plot whatsoever and I don't like any of the characters. I'm not going to torture myself..

Here are some things I’ve realized after reading AAoK:

1. John Green is a talented, clever writer with a great sense of humor.

2. Contrary to what I’d like to think, I’m still math-phobic.

3. I’ll never, ever date a has-been child prodigy. Or a washed-up genius. Or a whiny guy who speaks 11 languages. Or whatever it is that Colin’s supposed to be.

An Abundance of Katherines is a hilarious book but it did not make me laugh. Okay, maybe a little but that was more like snorting-in-mild-amusement tha
I've had this book sitting on my desk for two months. I'm a huge John Green fan, so you can see why this is problematic.

The Albuquerque library system is pretty bad. Out of all the libraries systems I've ever used, this has to be the worst. Not only does it not stock any of Justine Larbalestier's books, but it also doesn't have a decent collection of John Green's books.

It took me three months to get a copy of An Abundance of Katherines. It took me two months to finish it. Actually, that's a lie
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I may be one thousand years old, but I still love John Green books.

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I read An Abundance of Katherines before I even knew who John Green was. Remember - I’m 1,000, so cut me some slack people! Over the past several years it has come to my attention that almost everyone else considers this to be the lesser of all of the Green works, which had me questioning my mental state (or whether or not I was intoxicated) the first time I read this
Dec 08, 2013 Erin rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Had I been reading this on paper instead of my computer, it probably would have gone into the fireplace here: "She was incredibly hot--in that popular-girl-with-bleached-teeth-and-anorexia kind of way, which was Colin's least favorite way of being hot." And if somehow it had survived that initial immolation, I definitely would have shredded it for birdcage fodder (and I don't even own a bird!) here: "She looked prettier than she ever had before--Colin always preferred girls without makeup."

Oct 11, 2009 Tatiana rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: John Green fans and those who love math and anagrams
Shelves: 2009, ya, ala-ya-2007, printz
If you are familiar with John Green, you probably already know his winning formula: a nerdy nice guy with a funny side-kick best friend, meets and falls in love with a mysterious popular but ultimately unhappy girl, then some kind of road trip ensues during which a life altering realization is achieved.

"An Abundance of Katherines" is no exception. Only this time the nerdy guy (Colin) is not that endearing (unlike Miles in "Looking For Alaska" or Quentin in "Paper Town"), the funny side-kick (Ha
Natalie Monroe
A reenactment of the moment An Abundance of Katherines was conceived:

John Green sat at his desk, quietly contemplating the ghettoization of scrambled eggs as a breakfast food and brainstorming ideas for his new book.

His last novel, Looking for Alaska, had done moderately well, but he wanted to do something different this time. Something to show his critics that he wasn't a one-trick pony yet out-of-there enough to show his nerdfighters that he was one of them. An outsider, a man of the people.

I think I already said this in a review but I might just need a break from young adult fiction, because everyone I know who reads YA raved about this novel and I read it from cover to cover without once really engaging, and with far too many inward groans and eye-rolls.

I mean, for starters, the quirky teenaged characters were, um, very quirky. Very reliably quirky. Everyone had their schtick and everyone talked like they were in a Joss Wheden show. And hey, I LOVE Joss Whedon but it's a differen
May 30, 2007 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Math geeks and misunderstood nerds of all ages
Damn, what a great book! An Abundance of Katherines represents the best kind of young adult fiction - the kind that even my regular, non-YA-fic-geeky grown-up friends might like to read, because it's just a fantastic, universal, well-crafted story.

The characters in this book are uniformly likeable, but not in a bland way; in particular, the friendship between protagonist Colin, a washed-up child prodigy, and his buddy Hassan, a wise-cracking Muslim, is dead-on about the way guys communicate wit
I fully understand that disliking a John Green book is tantamount to asking to be shot in the head, tarred-n-feathered, and thrown in a flaming box over a cliff into a gorge of molten lava. I know that, I get that, I apologize to all whose lives I've destroyed with my hatredy.
But, man, I did NOT like this book.

I'm going to start by saying that from the outset of Colin's theory of dumpativity, I understood - and thought he would,, immediately - that these things only work in reverse. I
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Funny. Painfully funny. If you have never read a John Green novel, I suppose getting started with Katherines would not be a bad idea. Yes, Collin is a whiny self centered washed up prodigy... but at least he admits it. And if he does get to you, and he did get to me at times... the other characters tend to make up for his lack. I loved, loved, loved reading this story again... perfect road trip material... i had to bite my cheek several times to keep from laughing out loud... then
One of my roommates is a huge John Green fan, and after first introducing me to the series of videos he does with his brother (search "vlogbrothers" on Youtube or just watch this one), she told me that I should probably read some of his books. She suggested An Abundance of Katherines to start with, maintaining that it's better than Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns. (incidentally, can anyone verify/disprove this claim? Just wondering)

So I read it, and I have to say I quite enjoyed it. And since
(Before you read this review you should read Kim’s excellent review of the same book. No, seriously, you should. Here’s a link: )

Dear Kim,

Thank you for recommending An Abundance of Katherines. I read the novel late last week and over the weekend, finishing off with a one hundred page marathon Sunday afternoon while I let my kids play video games and watch television unsupervised so I could reach the end. You know that magic “holy FUCK, I just read a great
Mar 12, 2008 Kaella rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2008
I really, REALLY, REALLY wanted to love this book. I really did. As a nerdfighter, I was ecstatic when I started reading it. But right from the beginning, I knew it was going to be a big disappointment. And I was right.

It's definitely not as good as Looking for Alaska. Colin (not TOC) is just plain annoying. He's always got something matter-of-fact to say and it makes you roll your eyes after the third time. He was hard to like. Also, the footnotes drove me CRAZY. Despite them being a secret app
Wart Hill
Feb 09, 2015 Wart Hill marked it as gave-up  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 6%

Trying too hard to be ~quirky~

And the dialogue?

Nobody talks like that.
Karly *The Vampire Ninja*

G, is for Green

3 Stars

An Abundance of Katherines is a book that broke the mold for me, and not in a good way!

I have adored John Green since I first picked up Looking for Alaska, on a whim, back in 2012. And while it must be admitted that he has a definite formula to his novels - nerdy boy loves not-so-nerdy girl and chaos or disillusionment follow – I have no true issue with this. There are no NEW dilemmas, only old dilemmas viewed through new eyes. So sure, yes, I did guess all the lovely qui
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I am currently listening to this title. Full review to come.

My rating system: (I do use half stars.)
5 - I do not use the 5 star. Not because a book might not be worthy, but because a book is never perfect.
4 - I loved it! There weren't too many flaws, and I had no trouble getting through it. (A 4 star rating is the highest rating I've ever given a book.)
3 - I en
My oldest son is finally starting to pay me back for all that time I spent growing him in my womb.
He weeds, walks the dog, hefts large bags of cement and occasionally introduces me to likeable new authors like John Green. This is the second book of Green's that he has recommended, and while it doesn't pack the emotional wallop of "Looking for Alaska," "Katherines" is an enjoyable read.
Colin Singleton is a former child prodigy who, at the tender age of 17, worries that he will lose his "specialne
Rachel Hartman
I keep delivering long lectures about this book in my head -- I'm not sure who I'm supposed to be lecturing, only that I feel most urgently that there are Things That Must Be Said! This suggests to me that my review was inadequate, and I'd better just try again so that this book will finally leave me the hell alone.

Here's what I keep jabbering to myself while I walk the dog or do the dishes: in my opinion, the most important question we can ask is "How do I live this life?" The answer to that qu
Stacey (prettybooks)
An Abundance of Katherines, what can I say? It's written by John Green, the beloved and downright famous young adult contemporary writer, but it also seems to be his least liked novel. I haven't seen many negative reactions to it per se, but it doesn't seem elicit the sort of "enthusiastically tell everyone to read it and then proceed to quote it to death" reaction that his other novels have received.

So, what did I think? I have to follow the trend and say that it isn't my favourite, but I still
Colin Singleton, ragazzo prodigio, nel corso della sua vita è uscito con 19 Catherine. Infatti, vuoi il destino o semplice casualità, lui si innamora solo di ragazze con quel nome ma, purtroppo per lui, queste relazioni non sono molto durature (alcune sono durate solo un paio di minuti) e ogni volta viene mollato. Dopo essere stato piantato da Catherine 19 (meglio nota come C-19) nel giorno del diploma, Colin è depresso e si fa convincere dal suo migliore amico Hassan ad intraprendere uno stramp ...more
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.”

The quote above sums up my reading experience of An Abundance Of Katherine's. I had to keep dropping it because of time constraints, exhaustion due to a busy schedule and my frustration at trying to keep up with John Green's elitist (in my opinion) writing. However, as I kept coming back, I eased into the typical language style and came
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