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22 July 2006 @ 07:24 am
John Green’s AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES (4.5 stars)  

Child prodigy Colin Singleton doesn't feel like he's all that special anymore. In fact, he feels washed up, a waste of good talent, and certainly not a genius. He's a prodigy who can't "see" anything and doesn't know what's interesting and what isn't. That might be able to account for why he only has one friend in his pathetic world, but it doesn't help explain why he's only ever dated girls named Katherine. 19 of them, to be exact.

After K-19 breaks his heart, Colin and his hilarious best friend Hassan hit the highways for a road trip that will hopefully give Colin a new outlook on life. There's something funny about an Arab and a 1/2 Jew driving across the Bible Belt in Satan's Hearse, their affectionate nickname for Hassan's car. But toss in a visit to the grave of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Colin's obsession with anagrams, Lindsey Lee Wells, and the one thing he hopes will make his life matter--the Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability--and you end up with one outlandish story packed with humor, adventure, and self-discovery.

With a clever balance of hilarity and humanity, John Green's AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES explores the desire so many people have to want their life to count for something, for it to matter in the grand scheme of things. After all, "what's the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable?" As talented as everyone thinks Colin is, he just wants to make a difference, to be unique and original at least once. The way he sees it, his Theorem is the last chance for him to be remembered and the last chance he'll ever have to fill that nagging hole that is eating him up inside.

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The Blog of Author Jonathan Stephensjonstephens on July 23rd, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
I'll bring it to PFL for you.