Monday, July 27, 2015

Read All About It: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green #collaboreads





Yay, it's time for Round 2 of #COLLABOREADS, hosted by Rachel and Amber. It's a book review link up with a monthly theme. The best part is - you get to pick whatever book you want as long as it fits into the theme. The theme for July was: A book with someone's name in the title. {Click here to Check out June's review. The theme was: A book on the NYT Bestseller's List when you start reading it.}

I chose a book that I've had in my TBR pile on my shelf for a little while now: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. 

So, without further ado, here is my R.E.A.D.S. review! 


{Riveting} What part of the book could you NOT get enough of? 

The entire thing! It was such a funny read. I kept giggling at the shenanigans of the main characters. I really love how John Green captures life as a high schooler (at least for me). 

The book is about Colin, a boy who has only dated girls named "Katherine". Katherine #19 has just broken up with him at the beginning of the book and he is really upset. His best friend, Hassan, suggests they go on a road trip to cheer him up and get him out of the house. Colin is a bit of a child prodigy - he speaks many different languages and was on a reality game show for smark kids where he won $10,000. The friendship between Colin and Hassan was so entertaining! The scene about the Frenchman who has Tourette's and hemorrhoids - OMG. I laughed until I cried!! 

Also, there are footnotes sprinkled throughout the book that are hilarious. I couldn't stop giggling. 


{Elements} How did you relate to/care for the characters? What's your thought on the plot line and twists and turns? 

The characters were so much fun. I could relate a lot to Colin because of his nerdy ways - always reading a book, or scribbling down ideas in his notebook. Colin is always doing anagrams of words; when I was a kid, I would always spell words backwards and say them phonetically and make my own 'language'. #nerdalert 

The plot was pretty self-explanatory. Colin and Hassan set out on a road trip, stop in a town and end up staying there longer than they planned and making friends. Colin is also trying to figure out some mathematical theorem as to why he's the "dumpee" in his relationships with all of the Katherines. 


{Associate} What other books are like this one? If none, did it remind you of a particular TV or movie with its themes and characters? Does it serendipitous-ly line-up with things going on in your life or the news right now? 

An Abundance of Katherines reminds me a lot of Paper Towns - also by John Green. In Paper Towns, there is also a high school boy who is not part of the 'in' crowd who sets off on a road trip with his friends, all because of a girl.


{Design} You know you judged this book by the cover. What did you think of it? How did it relate to the contents of the novel? And the font and layout of the pages? 


The cool thing about the cover is that a contest was held for the readers of the book to create a new cover design. The winner is the cover you see above by a woman named Sarah Turbin. In the Q&A at the end of the book, John Green says he loves Sarah's artwork design because it "captures so much about the book - its nerdiness, its heart, and its love of footnotes." The perfect trifecta. :) 


{Stars} How many out of five do you give this book? Would you recommend this book to a friend?

This book gets 5 out of 5 stars from me! It kept me interested, it kept me laughing. I would absolutely recommend it to a friend, especially if they love John Green books. 


Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from the book:

* "The oldest pictures were faded and yellowing, and Colin thought about how even in pictures of their youth, old people look old." 

* "You can love someone so much, he thought. But you can never love people as much as you can miss them." 

Have you read An Abundance of Katherines? What did you think? Do you like books by John Green? I'd love to hear your thoughts! Also, the theme for next month's #collaboreads link up is: A book set in the summer time. :)


P.S. Don't forget to join Shelly and me for Write or Die Wednesdays, beginning Wednesday, 7/29. The writing prompt for the next 2 weeks is the quote below. What does it mean to you? Come share with us! Happy writing. 



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