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.The ideal John Green novel for those who are more interested in lighthearted, funny fiction rather than the heavier stuff that he's known for.
One of his lesser known novels (my friend is a HUGE nerdfighter and hasn't even read it), An Abundance of Katherines still has Green's humor and relatable main characters. The romance in this book is also less apparent than Looking for Alaska (the only other novel of his that I've read), but did a great deal in helping us understand Colin as a person.
He's devoted, almost obsessed even, with dating women named Katherine (the "K" is important) and, later, with his formula which will hopefully explain why he gets dumped by them so often. Speaking of girls, I wish that the Goodreads description had at least mentioned Lindsey Lee Wells. Possessing all of the classic sass and snark that we've come to expect from Green's superb female characters, she comes into play with her determination to teach Colin how to tell a "real story," to keep him from going off on tangents as he normally does.
The ending did not feel very polished, and paled a bit when I again compare it to Looking for Alaska, but was a nice wrap up to a pleasant novel that, you being John Green fan or not, is worth reading.
Title: An Abundance of Katherines
Authors: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Publication Date: September 21st, 2006