Monday, April 9, 2012

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

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. He’s also a washed-up child prodigy with ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a passion for anagrams, and an overweight, Judge Judy-obsessed best friend. Colin’s on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which will predict the future of all relationships, transform him from a fading prodigy into a true genius, and finally win him the girl. Letting expectations go and allowing love in are at the heart of Colin’s hilarious quest to find his missing piece and avenge dumpees everywhere.

My take: 3 looks
Interesting young adult book (although, the prolific use of expletives would trend toward the older young adults) about a road trip taken by two male unabashed brilliant geeks. The writing is clever and brought a smile to my face more than once. The idea that relationships can be charted, graphed and ultimate outcome predicted by a very complex mathematical formula is the basis of the book. Colin just lost his 19th girlfriend, all of whom have been named Katherine. It's a coming-of-age novel that would have made a great John Hughes movie.

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