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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
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Dec 29, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: young-adult, recommended

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 with flashbacks, the pacing never flagged, and though it wasn't the world's most unpredictable plot, I was never bored.

The real charm in this book is both the characters -- larger than life, quirky people who don't quite fit into society -- and the dialog. In John Green's hands, dialog is a weapon . . . and he slayed me.

I'm thrilled that he has a two other novels and a recent anthology for me to work through next.

***wondering why all my reviews are five stars? Because I'm only reviewing my favorite books -- not every book I read. Consider a novel's presence on my Goodreads bookshelf as a hearty endorsement. I can't believe I just said "hearty." It sounds like a stew.***
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Nina Sundermeyer Read The Fault In Our Stars, if this is the first book of his you've read, it's worth it.


Debbie I totally agree Maggie. I liked TFIOS and Looking for Alaska but An Abundance of Katherines was my favorite and remains so.


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Susan G. Boyd It has been a long time since I read this book, but I remember that I loved it! The characters were believable and the humor was great. I was amazed that TFIOS was his first to be made into a movie when I enjoyed his other works such as this one much more.


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Beheshta I read the book a long time ago but I liked it and just finished Looking For Alaska and can't wait to read all of other amazing JG books!


Aleksandra It may have been interesting to read as an adult, perhaps you could relate to your past, but as a teenager this book was BORING! So if you wan to be a successful author, maybe you already are, but please do not take inspiration from this book.


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