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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...more
Hardcover, 229 pages
Published September 21st 2006 by Dutton Juvenile (first published September 21st 2005)
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Dawn
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...more
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...more
Kim
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’...more
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...more
Anna
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...more
Cory
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...more
Scarlet
2.5

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
Priscilla
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.

Check out my video review!
Simcsa
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..
Krissa
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...more
Kate
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...more
Tatiana
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...more
Isamlq
Read Count 2:

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
Erin
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."

This...more
Madeline
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...more
RandomAnthony
(Before you read this review you should read Kim’s excellent review of the same book. No, seriously, you should. Here’s a link:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... )

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...more
Kaella
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...more
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...more
Melki
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...more
Mariel
Mar 23, 2011 Mariel rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Josh Peck
Recommended to Mariel by: John Cusack
This would have been a three star instead of a two except that I felt the book didn't earn its ending. Also, I'm in a really bad mood. All of that whining for nothing? Reading An Abundance of Katherines gave me the lonely feeling I get when listening to someone who doesn't give fuck all about me. They just want an audience for their ever so special panic attacks and pain that is better than everybody else's because they are the special kind of young adult genius hero that the author wrote using...more
Idunsses
So I am one of those people who have an insane, irrational fear of math. Especially when there are letters, fraction lines, brackets (basically anything that’s NOT numbers) involved. My brain just doesn’t deal very well with it, but I love reading about people whose brain do. And that is why I instantly liked An Abundance of Kathrines.

""Oh God," Colin said finally. "Oh God, my balls."
Colin misspoke. In a better state, he would have recognized that it wasn't his balls that hurt, but rather his b
...more
Kat (Le Pauvre Cœur)
After getting dumped by his 19th girlfriend named Katherine, child prodigy Colin Singleton leaves his home with his best friend; slightly fat and not a terrorist Hassan, to find his 'eureka moment'. Colin's eureka moment just so happens in a town in the middle of nowhere (aka Gutshot, Tennessee), in front of Archduke Franz Ferdinand's grave and with a Celebrity Living magazine lover, Lindsey Lee Wells.
Now boarding with Lindsey and her mother Hollis (who owns a textile mill that manufactures tam...more
Aaron Vincent
Originally posted on Guy Gone Geek.

If you are a frequent reader of my blog, you probably already know that a) I LOVE Paper Towns, b) how much of it is woven into my DNA, c) John Green is so awesome I want to have his baby, and d) why am I even allowed to tell my thoughts online? I think that not finishing The John Green Trinity is one of the most horrible crimes one person can ever commit, and I am guilty of that. My alibi which is his books are not abundant at our local bookstores is not strong...more
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...more
Keertana
An Abundance of Katherines has made me recognize the loss of a "laugh-out-loud-funny" shelf. I need one. Clearly. And, granted, there are a lot of wonderful, quirky, honest, and hilarious novels out there, but John Green's definitely take the cake. An Abundance of Katherines isn't my favorite John Green - that title still belongs to The Fault in Our Stars with Will Grayson, Will Grayson proving to be tough competition - but it's probably the one I will go back to and re-read the most. On a rainy...more
Audrey
Aug 02, 2007 Audrey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Maybe it's because I taught high school for so many years, but I find myself relating so clearly to that age group. Fantastic novel -- really captures the whole heartache of getting dumped (although in Colin's case it's something he should be used to by now...) Green's characters are funny and moving and heartfelt and real -- such a distinctive voice. Lots of great stuff here -- proves that a good story really is in the details. Loved the math theory underlying the formula at the heart of the no...more
B u n n y
WHAT. WHY. Non voglio. Non avrei dovuto finire questo libro.

Chi ha detto che Teorema Catherine non è all'altezza degli altri romanzi di John Green si sbaglia. Ok, ho letto solo Looking for Alaska e mi hanno/avete spoilerato tutto The Fault in Our Stars MA, in ogni caso, non penso si meriti di essere considerato "il peggiore", "non all'altezza", bla bla bla.
È un bellissimo libro. Stupendo. Ne avevo bisogno. Non riuscivo a smettere di leggere.

È così bello che sorvolerò su alcuni dettagli & d...more
Lelita P.
Kalo Anda melihat update-an progress saya selama baca buku ini, Anda pasti tahu bahwa saya menganggap John Green gila-tapi-lucu karena masukin rumus-rumus matematika ke dalam sebuah novel YA. Dan yang lebih gila lagi, ada lampirannya berisi penjelasan ilmiah--yang ditulis oleh seorang profesor matematika--tentang rumus-rumus itu. Emang dasar gila, gila, gila.


Hal pertama yang saya pikirkan: Kalo di Indonesia ada pengarang yang nulis buku kayak gini, kemungkinan bukunya nggak bakal terbit. Well, s...more
Chachic
Originally posted here.

Colin is obsessed with becoming a genius and doing something remarkable that will make him matter in the world. When the latest Katherine dumps him, his best (and only) friend, Hassan, decides that they should go on a road trip. They end up in Gutshot, Tennessee, where they meet an eclectic bunch of secondary characters. Once they've decided to settle there for a while, Colin starts to work on a formula that will predict every relationship based on the patterns of Dumpees...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
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