An Abundance of Katherines is a young adult fiction novel written by one of my favorite authors of all time… John Green. It follows the life of Colin Singleton, a child prodigy who has been dumped 19 times… all by girls named Katherine. After graduating from high school, Colin and his best friend Hassan decide to take a spontaneous road trip to help Colin get over his recent breakup.
Now, if you have read Green’s more popular works like Looking For Alaska or The Fault in our Stars, you may be worried that this book will also be slightly depressing. That’s what I thought anyway. Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that this book was simply a funny coming of age novel and not a depressing romance.
Don’t get me wrong, I love The Fault in our Stars and Looking for Alaska, but An Abundance of Katherines was a nice break from Green’s more dramatic novels. Colin’s sarcasm and lack of social skills add to the book’s lighthearted nature, while at the same time help to deliver a clear and fascinating message. (I won’t spoil that message for you because it’s pretty much the whole point of the book.)
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I recommend it to anyone interested in coming of age novels, or anyone who wants a book that is able to cheer them up in one page.
-Amanda D., 11th grade