I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about John Green so I decided to read one of his books. I decided to start with An Abundance of Katherines because I like the premise and I’ve heard that it’s pretty funny. This book is available in Fully Booked for P360.
Here’s the summary from John Green’s website:
When it comes to relationships, everyone has a type. Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. He has dated – and been dumped by – 19 Katherines. In the wake of The K-19 Debacle, Colin – an anagram-obsessed washed-up child prodigy – heads out on a road trip with his overweight, Judge Judy-loving friend Hassan. With 10,000 dollars in his pocket and a feral hog on his trail, Colin is on a mission to prove a mathematical theorem he hopes will predict the future of any relationship (and conceivably win the girl).
Colin is obsessed with becoming a genius and doing something remarkable that will make him matter in the world. When the latest Katherine dumps him, his best (and only) friend, Hassan, decides that they should go on a road trip. They end up in Gutshot, Tennessee, where they meet an eclectic bunch of secondary characters. Once they’ve decided to settle there for a while, Colin starts to work on a formula that will predict every relationship based on the patterns of Dumpees (the ones being dumped) and Dumpers (the ones doing the dumping).
Colin is a total geek. So the novel is filled with a lot of graphs which try to prove his theorem:
Also some equations:
I wasn’t able to take a picture but there are also a lot of footnotes about random facts that Colin finds interesting. I know it isn’t obvious based on my blog but I love math and science. Seriously, I do. It’s just that they don’t love me back. If they did, I wouldn’t have such a hard time understanding them. The nerd in me thoroughly enjoyed reading about Colin and his thought processes. I think this is a perfect book to give to geeky friends who are trying to interpret the intricacies of love in math form. Can you imagine the hilarity involved in this kind of endeavor? So it’s no surprise that I laughed several times while reading this book. As if Colin isn’t eccentric enough, his best friend Hassan is also quirky in a different way. Seriously, the dialogue between those two? Fugging humor personified (if you’ve read the book, you’ll get the reference).
This is totally random but I really liked this line:
“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.”
What’s good about this book is that you don’t have to be a nerd to enjoy it. You can ignore Colin and his calculations because I’m not even sure if they make mathematical sense. Aside from getting over being dumped, Colin also comes to terms with his Katherine fixation and his need to become remarkable. If there was such a thing as guy lit (the guy version of chick lit) then I think this book would fall under that classification. If John Green is this witty in all of his other novels, then I look forward to reading all of them.