Blog Book Club Review: “An Abundance Of Katherines” – By John Green


Today is the day. The long awaited first blog post for our #BekahsBooks Blog Book Club.

We read An Abundance Of Katherines, we #BekahsBooks tweeted, we Instagrammed, we will stop beginning sentences with “we” and start the discussion and review already.

An Abundance Of Katherines is about a “washed up prodigy” named Colin Singleton who is repeatedly dumped by girls named Katherine. After Katherine #19, as Colin was again mourning his loss with his cheek against the carpet of his bedroom floor, his best friend suggested a road trip.

This book didn’t grip me in the I MUST KEEP READING sense. Instead, I would casually leave it alone, but I would be able to return days later and remember exactly where I left off. That’s pretty cool.

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Over Instagram, @hannahsundae made an excellent point regarding the main character’s name! Colin Singleton is constantly single. Anyone else pick that up?

To be perfectly honest, for a good deal of the book, I thought characters referring to Colin as “Singleton” was their nickname for him. It took me a while to realize this was his last name.

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This is SO TRUE. In the beginning, I made an attempt to understand, but no. I skipped it all. I am curious if anyone could keep up with the math equations, though. Let me know so I can gush about how impressive you are.

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Lexie asked a great question over Twitter. What do you think the message was in this story?

I’ll be perfectly honest. I wasn’t paying attention for any kind of messages. I think I did get lost in the whole theorem thing.

Off the top of my head, I think the lesson I learned from this story was stop trying to make life a math equation! Seriously. It takes up time and way too much brain power. I’m rather passionate about this.

I realize that was basically the whole point of the book, to make life a math equation. So yes. That’s what I learned. It’s just a bad idea. I read the entire book to learn this vital life lesson: DON’T TRY TO TURN LIFE INTO A MATH EQUATION.

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All in all, I did enjoy reading this book. It is predictable, but John Green changes the scenery on a ride we know so well, so it was a fun read.

I also noticed that this book is very much from a BOY’s perspective. There are a lot of boy things in it, however, being a girl I didn’t feel excluded from the story. I feel it takes a certain sensitivity to stay at that happy medium the way John Green accomplished it.

I give this book a three out of five stars for being so unique, because of all the theorem and child prodigy stuff. But it’s missing two because the theorem did go over my head and I’m not sure if that was John Green’s intention.

3 out of 5 stars

What do you give it?

Thank you to everyone who participated! Let me know what you thought of our first ever #BekahsBooks Blog Book Club.

Join the discussion! Comment below what you thought of the book. Are you nerdy and understood the book for everything it was, or were you like me and enjoyed the cute story of it? I’d love to know! And with every comment I will stalk your blog in return.

Future books for review and discussion! (Let me know what YOU would like to read next and follow me on Twitter and Instagram to keep updated.)

1. Paper Towns – By John Green (or are we sick of him already?)

2. Yes Please – By Amy Poehler

3. Twilight – By Stephenie Meyer (am I the only one who hasn’t read this?)

4. Your pick. Comment below, Tweet, or message me on Instagram!

5. Recently added: Eleanor and Park – By Rainbow Rowell

Thanks for reading!

11 thoughts on “Blog Book Club Review: “An Abundance Of Katherines” – By John Green

  1. I’d love to participate in the next book review! I couldn’t get to reading the book because of my busy schedule 😦 … Another great book is “Gone” by Michael Grant. 🙂

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