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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
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Jul 24, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: printzhonor, youngadult, funny, realistic, abrahamlincoln2010

Lighter than Looking for Alaska but still thoughtful, An Abundance of Katherines shows that John Green was not a one-hit wonder. Colin has just been dumped by Katherine XIX - that being the nineteenth girl named Katherine that he has dated and been dumped by - and he is depressed. He's a former child prodigy but not yet a genius and he doesn't know exactly how to make the transition despite the fact that with high school over time is running out. To knock the non-genius out of his slump, his best friend Hassan coerces Colin into a roadtrip and soon the boys are in Gutshot, TN - unlikely home of the grave of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Colin and Hassan enjoy a summer of misadventures as they learn to navigate the rocky time between high school and adulthood with Colin always working on his Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability. Green peppers the text with wry footnotes, graphs and equations without bogging down the story. Many accelerated students will find Colin and his friends easy to empathize with as they struggle to find their places in the world.

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