by John Green
Basic Summary: Child prodigy Colin Singleton has broken up with his nineteenth Katherine-named girlfriend. To help him get out of his funk, Colin’s best friend Hassan (who, incidentally, is obsessed with Judge Judy) suggests a road trip for some summer adventures before Colin heads off to college. The roadtrip leads to Gunshot, Tennessee, where the Archduke Franz Ferdinand is buried. Instead of being a quick stop on the road, Gunshot ends up offering jobs, adventures, romance and a chance for Colin to seek his Eureka! moment and move from prodigy to genius.
Kell’s Chatty Review: I LOVED this book. Let’s be honest, though. I would read John Green’s scribbles on napkins and call it literary geniousness. He writes quirky, lovable characters and Katherines is no different. And it’s so funny. And it has even funnier footnotes. Katherines is also loaded with random information and pop culture (what do you expect when your protagonist is a child prodigy?). But most of all, Katherines has heart
p.s. the breakdown of the XIX Katherines might be one of the most impressive things in this book. The creativity, I tell you!.
Is it worth the read: Without a doubt, yes. Did I mention the funny footnotes?
But I don’t like footnotes: You’d prefer parenthetical notations? Seriously, it’s not interruptive like you might think. It’s more stream-of-consciousness conversationalist.
Stream-of-consciousness conversationalist? : Exactly.
What this book taught me about life: To NEVER go wild hog hunting. And that being a child prodigy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
What I want to most do after reading this book: Get a better grip on calculus so I can attempt to understand The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability.
Favorite Passage: “Bees sting people only once, and then die. Hornets, on the other hand, can sting repeatedly. Also, hornets, at least the way Colin figured it, are meaner. Bees just want to make honey. Hornets want to kill you.” (An Abundance of Katherines, page 170, footnote 76).
Re-Readability Rating: 3.999 bookmarks. This book is one of those books you read over and over again from beginning to end, which means that it will be longer between re-reads. That’s the only reason it did not get 5 bookmarks.