10.14.2015

Book Review: An Abundance of Katherines

Greetings y'all!
I am glad to survive a busy week of events, celebrations and academics. One can't complain about these sort of happenings. Today, I have a book to review. I finished it a while ago and I'm not hesitant to announce it's not going to be a positive review. If you're a die-hard John Green fan who'd not forgive me for disliking this book, sorry buddy, but I gotta preach what's in the heart.
Prologue: 
When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type happens to be 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. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.

What I think:
I picked up this book happily when I was at a bookstore and left an almost-good book, just because my twin thought this book was a great read + I was sold by the cover. There's ALWAYS a reason why you should never ever judge a book by its cover. Though it's not like books with pretty covers are to be blamed, but you know, luck can deceive you anytime. Coughs!
Anyways, let's proceed to the story.
The protagonist named Colin is a child prodigy who knows a plenty of languages, along with math & algebra formulae at his fingertips and a bright future ahead. The only problem is that he has been dumped 19 times. All of his dates were named Katherine.
Ops!
This is terrible than it sounds. I usually do a spoiler-free review and it's going to be the same. This book had a slow start, slower mid, but an exciting end. I hated Colin for a number of things:
1) He used theorems in EVERYTHING. Literally, everything. 
2) Too much Math and academics related with his character.

Now, coming this from me, as a decent business student & Math should be right up to my alley, but I wouldn't use a theorem for measuring up the lasting of a relationship. Would I? Oh, no!!!
That's what he did.

There's something about the book that bothered me all along. Colin had a Muslim best friend named Hassan and his character portrayed in the book, is quite insulting. I felt uncomfortable when I read words like "kafir" and "koran" in mocking ways. I have been a fan of John Green for years, but after reading this book, I am giving this whole YA genre a break. 
Yesterday, there was a discussion in my book club about your most disliked characters who might have made you put down the book. You can guess who was on my hit list. HASSAN AND COLIN FROM AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES!!!!!
This book was hard to finish. There was like so many theorems for everything, from breaking up from Katherine I to Katherine XIX and a bunch of other real-life problems. When I did a small survey with my bookaholic friends, this book was seemed to be their least favorite from John Green.

If you're wondering if I disliked this book then why I read that? The answer is simple. I can't stop reading once I start a book, Moreover, Colin and Hassan are adventurous teenagers who go to a road trip in a vintage car. They stop at a small town, spend a good deal of days there and learn about new things with old people and new friends. so that book had all that wanderlust-ish feeling to keep me stuck. Aye!!!

My ratings: 2/5

// Read that if: You love John Green, no matter what, have a light sense of humor and sarcasm.

// Don't read that if: You can't laugh on racial & prejudicial preferences in funny ways, hate unnecessary theorems in life & are utterly disgusted by teenage romance.

Is there a book you utterly dislike? Why?

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10 comments :

  1. i love reading your book reviews, because I'm such a book nerd. I haven't read this but I'm not sure I will - I dont care much for John Green & I HATE math. Ha! xoxo

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  2. I love John Green books and The fault in our stars was my first one of his books and I think it's my favorite. I tried to read Looking for Alaska and Papertown but I didn't like them. I don't think I'll give a try to this one I can't handle too much theorems :) xoxo

    www.shesfineoutthere.blogspot.com/

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  3. i think i have to read that book!! and of course i love the photos that you took!

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  4. Hey girl! I've had to go with audio books, they're ok. May have to do a review of my own! Love your pictures!

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  5. I read An Abundance of Katherines this summer... and it was definitely not my favorite John Green novel. I didn't like Paper Towns at all, so that one is my least favorite. My favorite John Green novel is definitely Looking for Alaska! Have you read that one yet? Even though I only REALLY like two of his novels, I just love John Green!

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  6. I love John Green but I've always struggled to get into this particular book so never did get around to finishing it. I'm not really into maths so this sounds like another reason I might not enjoy this, haha! I love The Fault In Our Stars and Looking For Alaska though. Have you read those two? x

    Christina Marie - xtinagsays.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. Nice review dear Noor..
    You know what? Your picture at blog sidebar always make me happy :) MashaAllah keep smiling dear! <3

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  8. Great blog!
    Would you like to support each other by following each other´s blog? ^_^

    Et Omnia Vanitas

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  9. hahahahah first of all "sorry buddy, but I gotta preach what's in the heart" - Love the start and your sense of humor.

    The book doesn't sound intriguing at all. I've never read one of John Green's books so I know nothing. Although I did see Paper towns and The Fault in our stars which both was great!
    I do want to read Looking for Alaska.

    Can't wait to read more of your book reviews !!
    Jade xo

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