I am on a roll with these book reviews! It’s so nice to have time to read. I think it actually helps me sleep better at night, too.
Anyways, on with the review!
I bought John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines not long after talking with my coworker about John Green’s books. When I asked her to put them order from best to worst, I had every intention of remembering that list and reading them from in the ‘best to worst’ order. Well, I got the book store and couldn’t remember which one she thought was the best … so I bought this one. Turns out, this was her least favorite! That just cracked me up…
Incidentally, I enjoyed this so much. If you’ve ever seen John Green’s videos on Youtube, they are insightful and witty. And that’s exactly how this book felt. The plot was like nothing really happens … nothing really happens … something’s happening … nothing’s really happening … ooh, something might happen .. it’s happening … I SO know what’s going to happen next … it happens… the end.
The story follows Colin and Hassan, best friends in need of a road trip. Colin has JUST been dumped by this girl friend, whose name was Katherine. In fact, all of Colin’s girlfriends were named Katherine. Colin is a genius (literally) and is developing a theorem that can predict the future of any relationship.
Colin and Hassan’s road trip takes them to Gutshot, where they meet Lindsey and her mother Hollis. Hollis owns and runs the tampon string factory in Gutshot, which is the bread and butter of the town. They also run a tour of a cemetery that contains the grave site of Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which had enticed Colin and Hassan to visit Gutshot in the first place.
Hollis hires Colin and Hassan to make a documentary of Gutshot, so they stick around for quite a while. Between TOC (The Other Colin, Lindsey’s turd boyfriend), Hollis’s strange behavior regarding her work, and a revelation about the Archduke, this novel is entertaining and funny. It’s a story about reinventing yourself and letting go, and I loved it!
p.s. I’ll be reading Looking for Alaska soon! If you’ve read it, I’d love to know your thoughts.