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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
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Colin Singleton is a child prodigy who is looking to make his mark on the world. Graduating high school, Colin feels like his one significant mark made on the world by his genius was appearing on a cable game show and winning big for several days running. Colin is looking to make his mark and prove he's the genius that he deep down, yearns to be.

In his life, Colin has dated 19 women--all of them named Katherine. After being dumped for the nineteenth time, Colin decides there must be a mathmatical theorem that will predict the future of all relationships. In the midst of this, Colin is sulking and taken on a road-trip to Gutshot, Tennessee (not their original destination, but they end up there).

The hook of "An Abundance of Katherines" is an intriguing one. Looking at the cover, it'd be easy to assume this was a novel about cloning. Instead, it's a coming-of-age story for Colin and his best friend, Hassan. Colin's desparation to prove himself--not only as a genius but also to the Katherine XIX (as she's known in the novel)--is a fascinating journey. The novel does hit some predictable markers for a young adult story, but John Green hits them with such refreshing honesty and nicely done characters that you won't really mind that much.

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