An Abundance of Katherines – Review

An Abundance of KatherinesAn Abundance of Katherines

by: John Green

Genre: YA

Winner of the Printz Award

John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines is a book about Colin Singleton and his friend Hassan.  Colin only dates women named Katherine and it must be spelled that way and must be the exact name, he’s already had 19 girlfriends with that name.  After being dumped by number 19 Colin and Hassan decide to take a road trip across America in Colin’s car Devil Hearse.  The story is full of humor and I find Hassan to be the most humors, especial when he refers to his thunderstick as well thunderstick.  But I always thought their code word to make the other stop talking about a subject they no longer want to discuss was hilarious…dingleberrys.  The story takes a bit of turn when they get to Gutshot and spend their summer there meeting some of the most interesting characters.

I must say that this was one of the funniest, laugh out loud, books I’ve read in a long time.  The use of anagrams and the Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability had a little something extra to this wonderful tale.  When it came to the end I was a little disappointed that the book ended, but I guess it’s a good thing when a book leaves you wanting more.  

I don’t read many YA novels but this one was read because it was selected by Geena as the book we should read for our To Read or Not to Read book club.  I must say that I’m really glad that I read this book and because of it I’d like to read more by Green.  Our next book is Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt.  I’ve already started reading it and I must say I’m enjoying much more than the movie.  It took me three different days to finally finish watching the movie.  

Here are some others that have reviewed An Abundance of Katherines.  And remember if you have reviewed this or any other book I’ve reviewed please send an email to and I’ll add your review to the list as well.

Megan over at write meg! has reviewed this book.  If you recall I spoke about her just a few days ago on here when I talked about some of the new blogs I’ve found and really enjoy.  Well here’s a review by her:

Lisa over at Books Lists Life did a review of this book.  She didn’t seem to like it as much as I did.

Mrs. Magoo Reads enjoyed this book as much as I did, for the same reasons I loved the book.

And I had to include this review because I love the name of the blog – The Book Pirate:


Weekly Review #17

Well it’s hard to believe it’s been another week already.  I’ve been living with major headaches for the last while and the doctors are still trying to figure out what’s happening.  In the mean time it’s been difficult to get any reading done.  Reading and headaches just don’t seem to go well together, in case that’s something you couldn’t figure out yourself.

So Friday, after my massage, I made a quick stop at The Book Vault to see if I couldn’t get some graphic novels that may be manageable with this headache thing going on.  Over the weekend I got several of them read.  I must say that my favourite so far is definitely The Walking Dead.  I’m really looking forward to reading the second book but I had to request it be ordered for me.  So, now it’s time to play the waiting game.

I also realized yesterday that I didn’t do a Theatrical Thursday this past week.  It’s been one of my favourite things to do on here and I feel bad that I missed it.  This weeks Theatrical Thursday will be all about Spring Awakening.  It’s the last show I saw in Toronto to just got my copy of the script by Frank Wedekind, and to top it off the translation and introduction are by Jonathan Franzen (that’s right author that had a tiff with Oprah).

I hope everyone has a great week this week.