Monday, 26 August 2013

Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

  

If you spend more than a healthy amount of your time on the Internet, you will have heard of this man's name... John Green. You will also have read those oh so overused quotes from The Fault in our Stars (not that I'm complaining, I loved that book too) and if you like reading his stuff then you may be looking for a very different kind of book to TFIOS. There is a lot more to John Green than TFIOS, and An Abundance of Katherine's proves that you don't have to stop at the one Green book. 

This is a book centred around a boy called Colin who is a child prodigy, and so the whole book focuses on his academic point of view. The maths may seem complicated to look at, but you don't exactly need a degree in algebra to keep up - just a basic understanding of maths means that you can easily follow, and you don't have to be a genius to find the linguistic humour funny. 

The story involves Colin, who has a bit of an unhealthy obsession with dating girls named Katherine. In fact, he has dated nineteen Katherine's over his school life. It's not his fault he falls for girls only named Katherine! It never seems to go well for him anyway, because all nineteen have dumped him, and he has spent many an hour sprawled out on the floor, trying to get his brain together and get over them.

After the nineteenth girl dumps him, his best friend Hassan comes around to his house and tries to make him feel better, like he always does. This time though, it doesn't go as easily as usual, so Hassan decides that what him and Colin needs is a road trip. 

A bit of time on the road and they come across the resting place of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, so being the academic he is, Colin wants to go and have a tour. A girl called Lyndsey runs the tour, and as she gets to know the two boys she becomes very interested in them. Anyway, to cut a long story short she invites them back to her house in Gutshot where her mother gives them food and shelter in exchange for working as interviewers of the public for her. They also get paid a lot of money for this job.

The reason why all the maths was being used was because Colin wanted to create a Theorem that would explain the relationship pattern of every Katherine he has ever dated, so that he can determine when each future relationship would end, depending on the type of Katherine. 

SPOILER ALERT:

Colin successfully finishes the theorem, and also ends up dating Lyndsey, which wasn't obvious from the way the book was going. 

I loved this book because of how clever John Green treats his audience in particular, which is great for an author to do. There are an array of graphs and foreign languages incorporated into this book and the whole thing was just so... Comfortable to read. Which is a good thing! 

Hassan was hilarious, and thanks to him I am going to be calling myself a 'sitzpinkler' whenever I wimp out of something. I was in love with the linguistic concept of the book, and I actually learnt something from a fiction novel! Each and every footnote was a joy to read, and I found it refreshing to have a book where a boy is pining over and girl and not the other way around. That just added to how much of a new experience this book was overall. I raced through it unintentionally because I was so interested in the plot and the facts, and so I got through this book within a couple of days. 

I can find no fault in this book. If you want a completely different reading experience, get a copy of An Abundance of Katherine's.


My scrabble rating for An Abundance of Katherines is:




1 comment:

  1. This book is highly recommended for young adults, although adult readers will also appreciate this irreverent, cerebral and funny story.

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