An Abundance of Katherines
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 ...more
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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 ...more
“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.”
2 DISAPPOINTING STARS!
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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...more
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’ ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I ordered this book used on Amazon, and as luck would have it before when I got an autographed Rainbow Rowell book, I somehow was fortunate enough to score a first edition of this one:
Apparently, a first edition of one of his early books is a big deal, or so I’m told...
On to the story: we have a prodigy who has just ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I may be one thousand years old, but I still love John Green books.
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 ...more
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.
"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 ...more
For starters, Colin was absolutely unbearable. I disliked him so much and I hated listening to his inner monologue. He was so pretentious, arrogant, self-centred and he was just plain horrible. I didn't like the constant anagrams, maths, graphs or his theorem rants. This book didn't really have much of a plot apart from focusing on Colin and so I just didn't like it. His constant ramblings about Katherine drove me up the wall. He compare ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, too...like, immediately - that these things only work in reverse. I ...more
So I read it, and I have to say I quite enjoyed it. And since ...more
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 ...more
You can't help but feel intelligent every time you read a John Green book. And "An abundance of Katherines" made me feel extremely intellectual, which is always fun to experience. That being said, I always enjoy John Green's books, his way of creating a story that's both captivating and unique, but at the same time super nerdy. Because yes, everything about this ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
G, is for Green
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 qu ...more
Este libro me gusto mucho. Aunque al principio era todo un poco raro, me divertí un montón y me pareció una historia super original.
Colin es un personaje que en varios sentidos me hace acordar a Sheldon de TBBT. Es muy muy muy inteligente, es como lo que le digas lo sabe. Aunque me parece tonto el crear un "teorema", es decir algo matemático relacionado con algo de amor porque el amor no es algo matemático, pero Colin relaciona todo con esto. Es muy cabeza dura también, hast ...more
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 ...more
I received a hard-disc copy of this audiobook for free in exchange for my honest opinion. Full review to come.
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 e ...more
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John Green's first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New ...more