This is the second book I’ve read by John Green, the first being the happy, than sad Looking for Alaska. An Abundance of Katherines is a more lighthearted read filled with great humor. It has many of the same elements as his first novel. Once again, our protagonist is a quirky teenage boy who’s more a loner than a social butterfly (although his obsession is anagrams, not famous last words). I really enjoyed a lot of the relationships in this book, but my favorite would have to be the friendship between Hassan and Colin. I also liked the fact that in Hassan, we have a positive, non-cliché picture of an Arab-American. I found Colin’s little random facts be very interesting, and even found myself quoting a few of them to my friends. Oh, and the footnotes were just great. More books should have amusing footnotes.
I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much as I did Looking for Alaska. As mean as it may sound, I had a hard time believing that socially awkward Colin, who only had one friend, would have dated nineteen girls by the time he graduated high school, never mind the fact that they all shared the same name. It also took me longer to get into the character of Colin than I did with Pudge, as I found him to be a little too pretentious in the beginning. I’m ashamed to admit that the math was a little over my head in the beginning, but there’s a great essay in the back in the book that explains the steps very well, especially for mathematically challenged people like me that haven’t done anything more complex than calculating a tip in years.
I would recommend this book for fans of John Green’s work. It’s a well written novel with plenty of laughs and a really unique protagonist. I look forward to reading his third novel, Paper Towns, in the future.
Rating: four stars
Length: 279 pages
Source: Lewiston Public Library
TBR Pile: 144 books
Similar Books: Looking for Alaska (my review) of course. Also, I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak (my review)
Other books I've read by this author: Looking for Alaska (my review)
I just finished another audiobook today, My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding, which is a short story collection. I need to give my sore wrists/arms a break, so it will probably be up by tomorrow.
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