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 thatsthebook@gmail.com 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:
http://writemeg.wordpress.com/2009/01/09/book-review-an-abundance-of-katherines-by-john-green/

Lisa over at Books Lists Life did a review of this book.  She didn’t seem to like it as much as I did.
http://bookslistslife.blogspot.com/2009/04/abundance-of-katherines-by-john-green.html

Mrs. Magoo Reads enjoyed this book as much as I did, for the same reasons I loved the book.
http://www.mrsmagooreads.com/2009/01/abundance-of-katherines.html

And I had to include this review because I love the name of the blog – The Book Pirate:
http://www.thebookpirate.com/2009/03/27/an-abundance-of-katherines-by-john-green/

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12 thoughts on “An Abundance of Katherines – Review

  1. Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did! Definitely a fun, different story. If you’re eager to read more Green, check out Looking For Alaska — similar sense of humor, though a decidedly darker story. It’s young adult, but it’s anything but cheesy. Green’s writing is better than many “literary” books I’ve read!

    And thanks for the link — that’s very kind of you 🙂

    • Thanks for the suggestion. I like dark humor so it sounds like something I’d really enjoy.

      No problem, I do a google search to see who else has reviewed the book. I generally take the first three reviews to give others the chance to read differing opinions. But I did enjoy your review.

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