An Abundance of Katherines – John Green

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I’m going to start today’s adventure into the contents of my ever-expanding bookcase by highlighting some of my favourite recently discovered blogs. To start with, Glen Hates Books, has hilariously honest and often brutal reviews of all sorts of books. He is super funny, as well as completely honest in his reviewing. He points out flaws he sees in the books he reads, calling it like it is, which I super appreciate. To clarify, he doesn’t hate books.Except for maybe the poorly written ones.

Next, litforlunch, posts a new short story every day as far as I can tell. I’ve read quite a few so far and they have all been well written and imaginative, I’m looking forward to more!

The third recent find is Crossroads Reviews, which is a fairly new blog from what I can see but so far has me very interested mostly because of the genre of books they review… FANTASY! YAY! You guys know by know I love fantasy, and this blog is all about that. Their review of The Ocean and the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is very similar to my feelings of the book, which is going to be written about here soon. They are the first fellow fantasy nerd I have discovered here on wordpress, so I was very excited to stumble upon their blog.

Last but not least, (how annoyingly cliché is that? Step up your game, Lindsey) is The Irresponsible Reader. It was so nice to find a blogger who reviews a little bit of everything including fantasy (again! That’s two in one day!), scifi, humour, contemporary fiction, romance, classics, non fiction, etc. This blog is filled with starred review of books that I absolutely adore, books that I’ve been meaning to read, and books that I’ve never ever hear of. I’m very excited to delve deeper into their blogging world. Also, their blog is impeccably organized.

Check these guys out! I’m so excited about all of these great new blogs I’ve found. Anyone else have any recommendations?

Alright, on to the task at hand. I’m not going to lie to you. I love John Green. I know I said in the last post how I wasn’t in to romance or chick lit or whatever any more, but I still very much appreciate a good young adult book. Especially one written by a nerd such as John Green. I was a little hesitant to tackle An Abundance of Katherines, hereafter known as Abundance because as you all know I am lazy and the title is just long enough for me to want to not bother. My fellow John Green addict, Ally, told me Abundance was her least favourite of the Green works. Another friend said “I dunno about that one. I mean, I guess if you like self involved, whiny main characters and a plot that just isn’t plausible then I guess it’s alright. Looking for Alaska is better.” And he was right, in a way.

The main character, Colin, is absolutely self involved and incredibly whiny. To the point where even he is annoyed with himself. But that is what makes Abundance the book that it is. The characters come to realize their own faults. They learn and grow. That’s such a huge part of any story and I think it is under appreciated in this one. Also, I found myself relating to Colin more than I expected. He is a huge nerd, a child prodigy that has failed to live up to his potential, and a self-proclaimed dumpee. The weirdest of his quirks is he only dates girls named Katherine. Nineteen of them, so far. And he has been dumped by all of them. Colin becomes determined to create a mathematical formula that can predict the outcome of a relationship using the data he has gathered by dating Katherines 1-19.

Colin and his best friend Hassan go on a soul-searching quest and end up in a small town in Tennessee. The main love interest is named Lindsey, so obviously I love her. Plus she is all around awesome, despite allowing her boyfriend to treat her like crap. And she has a great accent (at least she does in my head, it’s my version of a southern accent and I rock it).

The reason I find Colin so endearing is his overwhelming bookish tendencies. (I was going to write bookishness, but I figured you would have had enough of my made up words for one week.) And the little epiphanies he has throughout his journey. Some of my favourite quotes just under this paragraph, but obviously these are out of context so keep in mind if you enjoyed the sentiment now you’ll probably love it while reading it in the book.

“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.” — YES Colin, YES!

“You don’t remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened.” — This one got to me. It happens all the time to everyone in every part of the world, but at the time of reading it felt like it was only me who experienced this and seeing it written on paper made me feel a little less inadequate.

“That’s who you really like. The people you can think out loud in front of.” — Quick shout out to these people. I think some pretty random and sometimes inappropriate things and you never judge me. Or if you do, you do it in a way where I end up laughing at myself (BRITT).

“He liked the mere act of reading, the magic of turning scratches on a page into words inside his head.” — Alright this one is similar to a quote that has made it’s rounds on pinterest a few times, something about how remarkable books are because all they really are are lines on paper and somehow we make them into these great epic journeys, these deep love stories, these heartbreaking tales of loss. I just like thinking about how symbols on a piece of something that used to be a tree became these stories that I hold so dear to me.

“Well, while you were in the bathroom, I sat down at this picnic table here in Bumblefug, Kentucky, and noticed that someone had carved that GOD HATES FAG, which, aside from being a grammatical nightmare, is absolutely ridiculous. So I’m changing it to ‘God Hates Baguettes.’ ‘It’s tough to disagree with that. Everybody hates baguettes.” — Okay so this is just typical John Green style humour, which is part of the reason I loved Paper Towns so much and part of what makes this one as enjoyable as it is. There’s plenty more, so go read!

Anyway, I enjoyed Abundance. I’m aware I haven’t told you anything about the plot other than things you can find from the back of the book, but hopefully you’ll take my rantings a just go with it. I won’t lie, it’s not as good as Paper Towns or even The Fault in Our Stars (which I know everyone obsesses over but I just don’t like as much as Paper Towns), but I did like it more than Looking For Alaska. If you are one of those people who loved TFIOS and freaked out when the movie came out, then you probably already know this but they are making a Paper Towns movie and I am super excited.

So now that I’ve done my ranting for the evening, does anyone have some book suggestions? I’m in need of new books!

…Okay fine if I’m being totally honest with you and myself I am not in any way in need of new books, I have at least fifty unread books in my bookshelf. Plus I don’t have the money for new books right now anyway. But I want to hear your suggestions nonetheless, they’ll all be added to my Goodreads to-be-read list. Also, I’m taking part in the Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge, and I’ve decided I’m going to read 60 books this year. I’ve never actually kept track of how many books I’ve read in a year, so that could be a gross over- or underestimate, but we shall see! Goodnight!

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4 responses to “An Abundance of Katherines – John Green

  1. Pingback: Saturday Miscellany – 1/17/15 | The Irresponsible Reader

  2. Brittany

    Seeing as how there are 52 weeks in a year this seems highly unlikely. Best of luck in your future endeavors.

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