2009. 85. An Abundance of Katherines

“The morning after noted child prodigy Colin Singleton graduated from high school and got dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, he took a bath.”

An Abundance of Katherines, John Green

          Oh, I loved this one.  I liked Paper Towns well, enough, but I loved An Abundance of Katherines.  It is the story of Colin Singleton a former child prodigy who graduates from high school and is depressed because 1) he is no longer a prodigy (since he is no longer a child) but fears he doesn’t have the chops to truly be a genius, and 2) he has just been dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine (and despite his nerdish chops, not the same girl 19 times).  He goes on a road trip with his best friends, and tries to write a mathematical formula to understand love, and meets a girl not names Katherine and I just loved this book.  And I really think anyone would - it is a young adult book but is so charming and emotionally real, even if it is a comic novel about a young man that I think that it could cross over easily.  I find I often have less to say about books that I just unreservedly love, because I don’t want to give anything away - I want “you” (my imaginary reader) to be able to discover and enjoy it as much as I did without much in the way of preconception.  So I will just leave it by saying that this was a charming book and I recommend it highly.  

Date/Place Completed:  June 2009, D.C.

Categories: Fiction, Library Book, YA

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