An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

An Abundance of Katherines
by John Green

After being dumped by a Katherine for the nineteenth time, Colin takes a road trip with his best friend. Miles from home, the washed-up child prodigy tries to create a formula to predict how and when a relationship will end.

It’s no surprise that John Green’s books aren’t proving to be for me. They’re cute, they’re light, they’re nerdy, and they tend to have a digestible theme aimed at teenagers. It’s just not the type of YA I tend to gravitate toward. But, I’ve got some on my bookcase, and I’m giving them all a fair shot, so let’s get on with it.

Throughout the whole novel, I couldn’t keep from wondering how a boy who has only ever made one friend managed to attract and date a grand total of nineteen girls, all named ‘Katherine’. It’s as unlikely as the series of events that take place.

The three main characters each want to be something without actually having to do anything about it. Except perhaps Colin, who just wants to work out a formula to figure out how he’ll ever marry a Katherine with his track record. You’d think a child prodigy would realize that maybe his relationships would last longer if he gave up on Katherines and tried a new approach. Overall, this was fine, the characters learned some nice, easy lessons, and it once again wasn’t for me.