‘An Abundance of Katherines’ by John Green

Continuing with my catching up on John Green books, I made it to Katherines. First of all, let me tell you how much I adore the cover of my copy. IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL!! Don’t believe me? Here, take a look:


See? It even has a footnote! Okay, enough fangirling over the cover, moving on to actual talk about the book. This is not my favourite Green to be honest. It still is a great book because, let’s face it, this man can write like a champ. Maybe it is just my general lack of interest in child prodigies and what becomes of them.

What I can connect with, is Colin’s wish to matter. Don’t we all want to matter, leave something behind to be remembered by or for? I know I do but I haven’t yet managed to find something that makes me extraordinary above my special snowflake status.

Another thing that speaks for this book is that it involves a road trip and boy do I love road trip stories. The uncertainty of not knowing where your headed and will end up is beautiful. Of course people roadtripping in books always end up in amazing places that help the characters find themselves or what part of themselves they thought they had lost.

This book is full of math and functions and stuff and while I understand that the author needed to explain stuff to bring around his point, it was a bit dull for me to read because as far as high school math (and math for engineers) goes, I am pretty well versed in functions and that sort. So, it dragged out a bit there. Also, while I like the whole footnote thing I also don’t like it because it always disturbs my reading flow. Like I said, this book is good but not as good as the others I’ve read by John Green so far. I mostly base this off of feelings, not rock solid facts so please don’t hate me. I was just missing this pull I got from Looking for Alaska to read and read even faster because I NEEDED TO KNOW how it ended.

Okay, next stop, Paper Towns.

In almost unrelated news, I made a new vlog so check it out. I added ‘in your pants’ to some book titles of my home library and it makes the titles so much more hilarious.

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  • Melbourne on my Mind

    I looked up at the bookshelf in the TV room after watching this, and the first book that caught my eye was Bill Bryson’s Down Under, and now I can’t stop laughing because DOWN UNDER IN YOUR PANTS.

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      Hehehe, this is so addictive!

  • EmilyHornburg

    OK… I haven’t read this one yet. It’s on my shelf, but I haven’t read it yet. When I do read it remind me to come back here and read this post.

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      Haha, okay. Have fun reading it :)