“The thing about your stories,” Lindsey was saying in the darkness as they approached the forest in front of them, “is that they still don’t have any morals, and you can’t do a good girl voice, and you don’t really talk about everyone else—the story’s still about you.”
An Abundance of Katherines Review
The thing about An Abundance of Katherines is that it’s nerdy, intellectual, and very John Green. Having read all of John Green’s novels, I’d like to consider this as his most John Green book because it shows the nerdy side of him, which I find enjoyable and logical at the same time.
An Abundance of Katherines is a smart YA book. Come to think of it, not all YA books attempt to include references that would reminisce readers of classes more than once. But this book did so, and it was successful in a way that it was able to incorporate elements of a YA book with clever remarks that are both understandable and logical at the same time. With this, I highly commend John Green for this side. It’s really interesting.
I would also like to point out how I loved the characters. Collin is quick-witted and annoying but bearable and lovable. Hassan is carefree and hilarious but religious and sensible. Lindsey, however, acts differently depending on the people she’s with. When she’s with Colin, however, she’s empathic and reasonable.
The choice of setting was exemplary too. I think most YA novels nowadays take the usual setting: a city, at school, at the characters’ houses, etc. which is why most of them don’t seem to be captivating since all they do is bring the reader to reality, which is not the aim of a book. However, in An Abundance of Katherines, the country side was chosen as the setting, which dwells less on the common reality and engages into a unique one, thus putting the reader into a completely new environment.
In contrast, however, the plot was horrible and predictable. As much as Colin’s Theorem works where the relationship of two partners are predictable, the set-up in this story is so predictable as well. (view spoiler) Another factor that I questioned so much was Colin’s character. As much as he’s geeky and brainy, he also contradicts himself. I mean, how would a self-centered prodigy who has less than two friends with a history of An Abdominal Snowman have dated 19 girls? I’m not saying he should be the stereotypical nerd, no, all I’m saying is that he’s two-sided and contradicting, which means that he needs more character development.
All in all, though, An Abundance of Katherines is a fun, quick-read, and intellectual read. It is indeed a smart book that anyone can read. I just wish the character development for Colin would have been more well-crafted, not to mention the plot too.