Teen Review: “An Abundance of Katherines” by John Green

For Colin Singleton, being a child prodigy does not mean being a genius. After breaking up with Katherine XIX, Colin tries to accomplish something by going on a road trip after his high school graduation before he heads off for college. Colin and Hassan Harbish, his best friend, stop in a small town to see the resting place of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, only later to discover it is purely a tourist attraction. The stop isn’t a complete waste, having come across Lindsey Lee Welles, their tour guide, who introduces them to her mother, Hollis, who promptly employs them. While performing the job of documenting the stories of the different factory workers employed by Hollis, the two best friends live in the home of Lindsey and her mother in the small town of Gunshot, Tennessee. After awhile, Colin begins to move his interest from Katherine XIX onto Lindsey. This for Colin is quite unusual because throughout the history of his different relationships, he has only dated Katherines spelled K-A-T-H-E-R-I-N-E. Every time he begins to think he won’t find another Katherine, one pops up. After being in so many relationships, 19 to be exact, Colin begins to discover a pattern and, attempting to rise to genius status, hopes to make a formula that predicts the outcome of his experience with Katherines.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 15

 "An Abundance of Katherines" by John Green book cover

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