An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

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.

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30 thoughts on “An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

  1. This was my first John Green book and I laughed uproariously several times throughout. Ran right out and got LOOKING FOR ALASKA immediately after and fell in love with that one, too. He’s a real talent.

    • This book is actually a good introduction to John Green, very light and funny. It was easy to read. I already have a copy of Alaska and I’ll try to read that one soon. Although there are many, many others vying for attention in my TBR. 😛

  2. Oh geez, thank you! I already have commented on your review in GR but you included something here that you didn’t put there: John Green’s website!!!

    I was really puzzled that sparksflyup.com, his previous site, isn’t working anymore. And your link above just solve my problem, he just changed the freaking url. Geez, thanks a tons!!

    • That’s the power of Google! LOL I always try to post book summaries from authors’ websites in my reviews. I only use Goodreads summaries as a last resort.

      I can see what you mean about the URL of your WordPress: theboywhoreads 😛 If you continue with that, you might get a lot of spam.

      • Oh well, as you can see, I already deleted that. I don’t want my parents and my friends thinking that I maintain a porn blog. I changed my url and blog title to something safer. Though, it is still a procrastinated work in progress. Oh, those four words perfectly suits me: procrastinated work in progress! 😀

  3. Excellent review, Chachic! I like the guy lit categorization, and I forgot about that awesome quote! *adding it* There’s nothing like reading a John Green. You really do need to read LOOKING FOR ALASKA and PAPER TOWNS sometime. All of his stuff is so quirky, smart, and hilarious.

    • It really feels like guy lit to me and I can’t wait to recommend it to some of my guy friends. 🙂 Yay so his other books are just as quirky and funny? That’s good then! I’m looking forward to reading his other books then.

  4. Hey there – found you by way of Emily and Her Little Pink Notes and when I saw you’d recently been introduced to the wonder that is John Green, I decided I had to comment.

    I haven’t read Looking for Alaska or Will Grayson, Will Grayson yet (although I’ve got them and have heard they’re both excellent), but I would highly suggest Paper Towns before either. It was my introduction to him and it was also kind of love at first sight. Er, read.

    I reviewed it here, if you’re so inclined: http://www.astoldbyjen.com/2010/07/review-paper-towns.html

    (Not that I go around hyping my own stuff or anything. Promise.)

    • Hey Jen, thanks for dropping by! Yes, John Green is a new discovery for me even though I’ve seen him mentioned in the blogosphere several times.

      Oooh I just added Paper Towns in my wishlist. *heads on over to your blog to see the review*

    • I’m such a nerd, I got excited when I saw those graphs. Oooh graphs and equations! I knew that I had to include pictures of them in my review. Hey, it’s good that you have a copy of this coming to you soon!

  5. Hi Ms. Chachic!
    You already know how I felt about ALASKA, so I won’t start on that one. :))
    I’m glad KATHERINES doesn’t seem as angsty as Alaska (IMHO). I got myself a copy today, actually. I hope this one’s as good as everyone says. 😀
    And bleh, Math and I do not get along well. :)) But I think my perpetual love for geeky/nerdy fictional characters would make me love this book.
    Thanks for the review! 🙂

    • What a coincidence, you got a copy of this today? Yes, I know you didn’t really like Alaska but I hope this one is better for you. Maybe Katherines is more your thing because of the humor. 🙂

  6. Guy version of chick lit is lad lit. 🙂 I’ve read several, but not YA, save for John Green. I liked Looking for Alaska, but I hear An Abundance of Katherines is funnier, so I’m going to get to that next. 😀

    Great review Chachic! And I know about loving math and science but them not loving you back — story of my life during college especially for calculus! 🙂

    • Lad lit, really? I didn’t know there’s really a genre for it! Good for all guys out there. 😛 I hope I get to read Alaska soon, like within the month. Although I doubt it because I still have so many lined up.

      My major in college was Electronics Communications Engineering so there was a lot of math and science involved in that. Calculus wasn’t that bad for me because we took that up in high school, it was the higher maths that troubled me.

    • Hey Emily, it’s good that math loves you back! That means you didn’t have a hard time dealing with math. I envy you. Although I did enjoy working hard on solving math problems because when you finish, you have that EUREKA moment. 🙂 Hope you get to read this soon!

      • yeah they got stocks at Megamall branch. It cost Php 395. I was about to bought it nga but I’m still looking for other books which they don’t have in nbs. So when I got the chance to visit fully booked & saw this book I was surprised that it’s cheaper compare to nbs, I bought it together with the other books I’m looking for.

  7. This sounds really awesome, and I am a total math nerd too. In university I did a math minor for fun, even though I didn’t need any of the math courses for my actual degree… 😉

  8. I love seeing other people discovering and enjoying John Green! This was the first one i read too…and I think it might still be my favorite (though they are al pretty close).

    Enjoy reading his other books for the first time – I am jealous!

    • Oh I know how you feel! I feel jealous when other people discover my favorite authors because they get to read the books for the first time. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about John Green’s other books. 🙂

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