Friday, April 12, 2013

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

 Katherine V thought boys were gross
Katherine X just wanted to be friends
Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail
K-19 broke his heart
When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun--but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.

This insomniac's opinion:

Oh, John Green. How can you write such a literary wonder as The Fault in Our Stars and also write such a tedious and boring novel such as this one? Sigh.

I can think of dozens and dozens of awful things I would've rather done than finish this novel. However, bigger and better novels await me and perservered. Where to begin? Colin is possibly the most boring of protagonists in the history of books. Yes, we get that he is a genius, a child prodigy. But, does he have to constantly regurgitate non-interesting facts? If it were possible for an encyclopedia to get the stomach flu and vomit up it's contents into a pile of useless knowledge all mangled together, that would be the best descriptive for Colin's character. And the Katherine's- all of them - boring, as well. To sum it up, this is a book all about the boring summer of a bunch of boring characters. Sigh.(I did a lot of sighing while reading this novel, and not in the 'oh, wasn't that lovely' sense.)

Worth staying up all night to read?

No. No. No.

Rating: 2 stars

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