Book Review: An Abundance of Katherines

Title: An Abundance of Katherines
Author: John Green

Genre: Young Adult

Publisher: Dutton Books
Publication Date: 2006

Format: Hardcover, 215 pages

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun- but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove the Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.


Colin Singleton is a child prodigy who wants to matter in the world. He has a habit of reading for at least 4 hours a day to expand his intellect and loves to anagram. His main problem is being dumped by girls named Katherine- he’s been dumped by 19 of them! After being dumped by Katherine XIX, Colin and his best friend Hassan go on a road trip and end up in Gutshot, Tennessee. Colin decides to matter in this world, he must devise a theorem and begins work to prove the Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability. His hope is that this theorem will predict the future of any relationship. In Gutshot, he meets Lindsey Lee Wells who doesn’t care if she matters and plans to stay in Gutshot for the rest of her life. She helps Collin with his theorem and tries to get him to tell a story with it. The journey to proving his theorem is a long one that involves a lot of math.

I really enjoyed the humor in this book. The footnotes were fun to read as the book went along. I’m a super nerd so I loved all the math that was included in this book especially the appendix where all the calculations were included. I think my favorite character was actually Hassan. He loves Judge Judy and being lazy and uses the words “Kafir” and “sitzpinkler” a lot. I would definitely recommend this book to any one who loves the YA genre.

Rating: 4.5 stars