An Abundance of Katherines
recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip
with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life.
After thinking about it, he doesn't really whine that much. And Hassan always makes everything funny anyway, so. (less)
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!
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...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.
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
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
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
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 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
One thing I have noticed about the characters John Green creates in his novels: they're too quirky, they're smart (this one in particular has an overly smart character) and they talk in quips. NOBODY TALKS LIKE THAT IN REAL LIFE. At least not all the time. I think this is John's way of incorporating himself into his books.
Most YA readers see John Green as the best author ever, but his books are not that unique and his characters are the same with a few minor ...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
Okay if this book was like 500 pages long I would have quit. Fortunately, it was a short read. This is the second time I've read Green and I cannot say I was impressed with this one. I'm sure I'll take pleasure in reading the rest of his books though(I was lucky enough to read The Faul ...more
So yeah, I got a couple laughs in the beginning....
But really, I'm about a third of the way through and I honestly have no idea what's going on.
Because all there was in this book, was a love sick boy who just couldn't get his damn feelings in check.
And for some damn reason, THIS MC ONLY DATES GIRLS WHO GO BY THE NAME, KATHERINE.
Yeah, you could p ...more
Okay, so this is the third time I'm going to rewrite this review. Then I'm going to walk away from it forever and not look back once.
An Abundance of Katherines follows Collin Singleton, who has a very specific type of dream girl. Well, I guess not really since he only really likes girls named Katherine. I don't think he really cares what they look like. It's ...more
"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
I received a hard-disc copy of this audiobook for free in exchange for my honest opinion. Full review to come.
3 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below. I think listening to this book as an audiobook really enhanced my experience while indulging in the story. Because of that, I would really like to thank Brilliance Audio for sending me a copy of the audiobook, it made me enjoy the book so much more than I would've if I had physically the book. My favori ...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
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars
My first John Green book!
Everyone has a type, a distinct quality or feature we are always looking for in a potential partner. Meet child prodigy Colin Singleton. He liked girls named Katherine. Not Catherine, Cathy, Kathy, Katrina, Kat, Cat, or any other variant. K-A-T-H-E-R-I-N-E.
John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines tells the story of ...more
So I read it, and I have to say I quite enjoyed it. And since ...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
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
“You matter as much as the things that matter to you.”We all live for something. We all care about something. We all want to be cared about.
And Colin Singleton is the most messed up: he cares about being cared about.
What is the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable?In this book, John Green tackles the whole idea of wanting to ...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