An Abundance of Katherines by John Green – Book Review

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Colin Singleton has “dated” 19 girls named Katherine and, nurturing a broken heart, he decides to go on a road trip with his best friend Hassan. The road trip doesn’t go very far and he finds himself in a small town interviewing local characters for pay. On the side he decides to devise an algorithm that can predict the outcome of any relationship. Will the relationship last and, if not, who will dump who?

Reading this cerebral book wherein John Green examines the nature of love and friendship, I kept waiting for something more to happen. Colin and Hassan were interesting characters but the supporting cast seemed somewhat clichéd. Colin is a fascinating, if somewhat irritating, protagonist. He is a prodigy who feels he has not fulfilled his potential.

The outcome was predictable and the “ah ha” moment was a little limp. However, there were some genuinely funny moments.

There are sexually explicit scenes.

I listened to this book on CD being read by Jeff Woodman. He is an excellent narrator and this definitely added to the experience.


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