This is actually a reread, because the first time I read this book I was in 9th grade and I had no memory whatsoever of it except that it was pretty good. Reading it for the second time allows me to confirm that this book was more than pretty good!
Rating : ☺☺☺☺☺
Do I recommend it : Yes, especially in the summer!
Would I reread it : Maybe not since this was a reread.
An Abundance of Katherines is about a boy named Colin Singleton who, in his life, has dated 19 Katherines with a K. And all 19 Katherines dumped him. He is incredibly smart, like all John Green characters (let's be honest) and is constantly anagramming or trying to find a theorem... for love. His best friend decides out of the blue to take him on a road trip to cheer him up after the 19th Katherine dumped him, and they end up in a small town where they meet the lovely Lindsey Lee Wells.
↙ What I didn't like about the book :
I found the beginning incredibly slow, and maybe it was because this time I was in a reading slump as I started the book, but it took me so long to get through the first half, which rarely happens to me, especially when I read contemporaries.
The footnotes in this book, although interesting, were kind of annoying. Green used footnotes the same way Matthew Quick did in Forgive me Leonard Peacock, which really gave more information to the reader but the fact that the font was so tiny and sometimes felt out of place really made me want to stop reading.
↗ What I liked about the book :
Like in all JG books, the characters were my favourite part of the read. They're all so different, funny, smart and quirky and really makes you wish that you knew them. Colin is one of my lowkey book boyfriends because... Yeah. In all seriousness, all the characters are so interesting and have really great voices, and we all know that characters can ruin or make the book.
The road trip and nonchalant aspect of the book was great, especially because I'm in the middle of my finals and assignments. Reading a book where they don't really care and have a plan is soothing, and the aspect of not knowing what they're doing keeps the reader entertained. I love books with road trips because you never know who you'll meet on the way or what will happen, thus why I should read Amy and Roger's Epic Detour soon!
The writing style, of course. I can't talk about a John Green book without mentioning its writing style. He has a way with words that just connects with teenagers, but doesn't degrade them and make teenagers and slang sound stupid. In fact, I find that this book was written so "smart-ly", most likely because of Colin's theorem and prodigy-ness. I'm always amazed every time I read a JG book because he seems to understand perfectly what happens inside the mind of a teen and always illustrates it in a way that isn't insulting.
This is my second favourite John Green book, hands down. If you want to see my full ranking of JG books, click here! An Abundance of Katherines is so underrated, especially with the other three books made into movies. I really hope this one gets a movie too, and I definitely want Nat Wolff to play Colin!
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☺☺☺☺☺ : Flawless
☺☺☺☺☹ : Very good, a few flaws
☺☺☺☹☹ : Enjoyable
☺☺☹☹☹ : Okay, would not reread
☺☹☹☹☹ : Disliked, do not recommend