Monday, August 20, 2012

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Child prodigy, Colin Singleton, likes a specific type of girl. To him, appearances do not matter, but every girl he has ever dated has been named Katherine. Never a Katie, Kathy, or even Catherine, nineteen girls named Katherine in fact. And all nineteen have dumped him. When Katherine the Nineteenth breaks up with him, Colin is devastated. In an attempt to cheer Colin up, the only friend he has ever made, Hassan Harbish, decides that the two of them need to take a road trip. Their parents reluctantly agree and the boys head off for destination unknown in Colin’s car, Satan’s hearse.

After traveling a few days, Hassan is unable to bring Colin out of his funk. They soon see a roadside sign promoting the tomb of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. Hassan persuades Colin to see just what exactly they might have. Two boys from Chicago; one part Jewish, the other Sunni Muslim, soon find themselves in the small, backwoods town of Gutshot, Tennessee and in the presence of “paramedic in training” Lindsey Lee Wells.

When Lindsey’s mother Hollis offers the two boys jobs for the summer, Hassan jumps on the opportunity and Colin sees it as time to mathematically figure out where his relationships have gone wrong. Soon the two boys are fitting into small town life. Is Colin really a washed up child genius? Can he get past his hang ups about girls named Katherine? Will he be able to open his heart to love where he least expects it?

  Oh John Green, why have I waited so long to discover your books! Humorous to the point I laughed out loud, this is one book not to miss.

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