An Abundance of Katherines by John Green - Book Review

"An Abundance of Katherines” by John Green tells us the story of Colin Singleton, a child prodigy who is in search of his Eureka moment. Colin’s love life is all about Katherines; it is nineteen times that he has dated girls named Katherine and has got dumped by them. After getting dumped for the nineteenth time, he sets out on a road trip with his overweight best friend to move out of the heartbreak. It is this journey that changes a lot of things in Colin’s life and is what the book is about.



Colin is a character I can instantly relate too. Even though he is a prodigy, he is as imperfect as a normal teenager. He is heartbroken and he wants to matter to the world. As the story progress, Colin’s view towards life changes. Like it is with most young adult books, the last pages is all of maturity. I liked the way how Colin realizes that he is unique in his own way and that he matters a lot to the people who care for him. And I saw it coming from the beginning that Colin’s twentieth girlfriend will not be a Katherine.

Colin creates a theory about dumpees and dumpers, which he believes can analyse and predict the future of relationships. He call this his Eureka moment. But later he comes to know that the theorem isn’t correct and cannot predict the future at all. He understands that the future is always changing and there is no way to predict it.

Like every John Green book, the plot is strong and interesting. The story starts sailing smoothly right from the first pages and will keep you hooked until the end. Although there are a few minor hiccups in form a mathematical equations and graphical representations, which may not be very appealing to everyone. But you can skip them and still stay with the plot. (I skipped most.)

This book was definitely a wonderful read. And I wouldn’t mind recommending it to others. Its fun, rude and easily relatable. I would rate it a 7.5/10 for the wonderful plot, wonderful characters and wonderful takeaways.

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