An Abundance of Katherines
By John Green
Dutton Books 2006 – 227 Pages – Genre: RomCom fiction; Young Adult fiction
Review by PWBHS librarian, Shelley Dorrill
“You know what I hate? The outdoors. I mean, generally. I don’t like outside. I’m an inside person. I’m all about refrigeration and indoor plumbing and Judge Judy.” – Hassan
Math genius, Colin Singleton has had a lot of relationships. At the ripe age of 18, he has had exactly 19 girlfriends. All of his girlfriends have 2 things in common. They are all named Katherine, and they have all dumped Colin. After his latest breakup and his high school graduation, his best friend Hassan convinces him to go on buddy road trip. Needing an escape, Colin agrees, but beyond escape he also hopes to have an “eureka moment.” He finds that moment in a little town called Gunshot, Tennessee where he meets Lindsey Lee Wells and her mother Hollis, whose family runs a local textile mill. It is through his summer in Gutshot, that Colin has his genius moment in the creation of what he calls the “Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability”. It determines the curve of any relationship based on several factors of the personalities of the two people in that a relationship. He hopes it well help him and others to save themselves from future heartbreak. Will Colin’s theorem work? Can romantic relationships be explained through mathematical formulas, or will Colin’s road trip be more of a journey to understand himself and new love?
While this book has yet to be made into a film, it would make a great John Green movie. Much more lighthearted than Green’s other more famous novels, it combines humor and insight in a great story. Colin’s road to understanding is fascinating, his heart is complex, and his best friend Hassan is HILARIOUS. Whether you are looking for a coming-of-age novel, a rom-com, or a buddy, road trip tale, this would be a great pick for your next read.
Available through SORA as an e-book.