Student Review by Mackenzie S.: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

An abundance of Katherines

Title: An Abundance of Katherines

Author: John Green

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Published: September 2006

Genre: contemporary realistic fiction, coming of age

Mackenzie’s Summary:

An Abundance of Katherines is about a seventeen-year-old teenager named Colin who, much to his dismay, is not a ‘genius but a child prodigy’. Colin is good at everything educational; languages, math, reading, and anything else intellectual. Although Colin is smart, he is not good with the ladies. Colin has dated nineteen girls named Katherine in his life, and sadly has been dumped by every single one of them. In Colin’s words, he is a “dumpee.” After being dumped by the 19th Katherine, Colin goes on a road trip with his best friend, Hassan, in attempts to get over his post-breakup depression.

I really enjoyed this book mostly for the writing style and the unique plot. The writing style is enjoyable to read and adds to the characterization. The way Green writes is easy to read and flows well. I really enjoy John Green’s nerdy, yet amazing humor and his vocabulary in all of his books.

Honestly, this was my least favorite book by him, mostly because the plot was more predictable and it wasn’t as emotionally deep. If you don’t want to cry your eyes out than this is the John Green book you want to read. This is on my top ten of best books I have ever read and I promise you will love it.

My 2 cents: John Green happens to be one of my favorite authors. However, I haven’t picked this one up yet. I will add it to my ever-growing TBR list.


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