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review 2017-06-06 00:11
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An Abundance of Katherines - John Green

An Abundance of Katherines is a great book written by John Green. People may say it’s not appropriate for all audiences but it is definitely worth the read. An Abundance of Katherines should not be banned. Some may say there’s sexual content and the main character is not a fit role model. I think the main character fits perfectly with the story. Colin is a typical adolescent teen dealing with depression. Many people reading this book can relate to it. This novel shouldn’t be banned just because of unfavorable character and sexual content. This book is about a teenager, Colin, a prodigy who just graduated high school. Colin has a pattern of only dating girls with the name Katherine (nineteen girls to be exact)  and each one has broke his heart. He goes on a road trip with his best friend during the summer to figure out what he wants in life. The friends end up in a little town where Colin meets a girl named Lindsay who different from all the rest. You will have to read the book to know what happens next. This is a good read for people who like romance, adventure, and intriguing characters. The dialogue between characters makes the story original. This is a great book I highly recommend.

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review 2016-04-19 00:00
An Abundance of Katherines
An Abundance of Katherines - John Green First read 26th July 2014
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review 2016-04-06 20:40
An Abundance of Katherines Book Review
An Abundance of Katherines - John Green

My least favorite John Green book by far (I'm not really surprised). I have been putting off this one for a while so I finally decided to listen to it. It wasn't terrible, I just found it more annoying then anything 

 

Colin, a child genius, has been dumped by his 19th Katherine. And he is devestated. To get over the loss of his girlfriend and another Katherine, he and his best friend Hassan go on a road trip where they meet new people, learn new things and maybe finally realize that life isn't as black and white as he thought it was. 

 

I kind of hated Colin most of this book. He's self absorbed and whiny. I never want to hear the words dingleberry or fug again either. But the characters did grow a bit and I ended up liking the overall moral of the story. Luckily, it is a fairly short book, because I'm not sure how much more of it I could have taken. 

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text 2016-03-14 15:10
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An Abundance of Katherines - John Green

 Colin is a prodigy who is destined to be a genius. Colin has dated 19 girls and only 19 girls all by the name of Katherine. Every single Katherine has dumped Colin. Colin doesn't understand the science of dumping people and getting dumped, if there is a science to it. His philosophy is that prodigies master things that are already discovered and geniuses discover new things. He wants to be a genius so he begins writing a theorem on "Dumpees" and "Dumpers". He creates charts and equations on this subject and comes to a dead end and gives up. Prior to this situation his best friend Hassan comes to get him out of the house to get Katherine XIX off of his mind.

 

 

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review 2016-02-28 11:38
John Green - Paper Towns
Paper Towns - John Green
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
Looking for Alaska - John Green
An Abundance of Katherines - John Green
You can trace growth if you follow Green’s novels in the order they came out. In Alaska, he used literature as a way to live his fantasies. On Stars, he used literature to come to terms with a devastating experience. Paper Towns is a direct response to Alaska. If that one was wish-fulfillment, this is about bursting the fantasy.

Only Green can’t completely abandon it. The similar cast isn’t because of a lack of ideas. It’s the same story as before but it’s told differently. This time everyone is more flawed, slightly less quirky. The teenagers are no longer a bunch of outcasts who conquer the world because outcasts are charming. They’re a bunch of losers who know their place and try to break away from it.

It’s more realistic in places. Being an outcast is only fun if you have a huge group of it. You still wish you were one of the popular kids who have more fun than you. You still have the same desires for women and big social events. These desires of wanting to break out add a degree of realism that’s important. Green blurs a little the duality of the Cute Nerds and Asshole Jocks.

Then he completely slides into wish-fulfillment fantasy again. Asshole jocks get their payback, and there’s a little sympathy but mostly sadistic glee. A complete loser whose one major achievement is blending in with the cool boys somehow wins the heart of a hot girl. Our protagonist, who’s mostly an unpleasant loser too wins the heart of the ultimate girl.

If only Green could see through it all. Margo is better than Alaska, but by not much. The main idea behind her is ripping off the curtian of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Quentin is John Green when he lusted after that girl, only Green now knows that women don’t exist to bring excitement into men’s worlds. They’re supposed to be flawed human beings like us.

How flawed is Margo though? It’s clever how Green rarely shows her good traits. We get them mostly second-hand from Quentin, emphasizing that it’s just his perception. There isn’t enough of the counter story, or the counter story doesn’t match the novel’s concluso.

Margo is a spoiled brat, a horrible person, the sort of person who’ll fall in love with an abusive rock star and justify it. We’re meant to think she’s flawed, but Green is unaware of how terrible she is. She’s an angsty teenager with no reason to be angsty. Her only problem in life is that the world around her is ‘fake’ or some bullshit philosophy like that.

What’s so ‘fake’ about the suburbs, though? Margo actually leads an exciting life in Orlando. She has everyone wanting her. She has the guts to take trips and midnight drives. Her environment doesn’t really confine her, since she could still go through all kinds of adventures while still studying and graduating. Margo’s myth is questioned, but not her desires. Her desires are just every silly teenager’s fantasy.

Only the jocks and the nerds are mature enough to understand you can’t live your life as a constant, glorious adventure. Humans are social animals and you have to be a part of the community even if only for your own good. Green never looks at how ridiculous and self-centered this is. He’s willing to admit women don’t exist for men’s pleasure, but he’s still selling us the fantasy of the Ultimate Girl.

Maybe I could’ve bought it if Margo was genuinaly weird. She’s not. She reminds me a lot of a certain person. It’s the sort of privilege that gives birth into hedonists with expansive vocabulary. Margo may read literature and use big words but in the end all she wants to do is have fun. She’s a kid who refuses to grow up. When her parents express disdain I was told outright how terrible they are. All I really thought was, they’re right. Margo is horrible. There isn’t enough psychology to her to make that horrible-ness interesting, so I just wanted for somthing bad to happen to her

The storytelling is often more convinient than realistic or weird. The characters are quirky in charming ways, not in odd or conflicting ones. There’s a brief rift in the friendship between Ben and Quentin which is the most exciting part of the novel, but it only lasts for a few pages.

During these few pages Green proves he can be a good writer. He can ask questions and not just emotionally manipulate. It’s a fight between friends, the kind that throws in their face the fact they’re changing. Bubbles bursting are always exciting because that’s when our worldview changes, when we’re in an emotional storm. Green just writes it away so quickly.

The novel could’ve easily taken a better route. What if instead of it being about finding Margo, Green made it about growing up and realizing how stupid our teenage dreams are? What if it’s about realizing there’s no Ultimate Girl, that the jocks are people too, that hot girls can have a personality and that we have to live with rejection?

The ending isn’t too happy, but the kissing was forced. There’s no reason for Quentin and Margo to be together. Quentin is an observer protagonist whose main trait is that he’s a self-centered asshole who only cares about his own fantasies (That’s not addressed). I already commented about Margo. I don’t think ‘unpleasantness’ is the sort of trait that makes for romantic relationship. Since when did hedonistic girls like Margo have long crushes on boring, timid guys like Quentin?

Green’s prose is good though. It flows quickly and he has a better tone here. It’s more sombre and reflective which fits with his desires to question his fantasies. The banter remains out of place, though. Only Ben’s wisecracks have anything to do with his personality. Quentin suddenly becomes clever for a second and then goes back to being Shinji Ikari without the psychology.

The theme of suicide also crops up in a few instances, but then it comes back to the hole. Sometimes the novel is on the verge of understanding it. The cliches of how you should never give up don’t appear. Anytime he comes close to saying something interesting he chickens out. He wasn’t ready for this yet.

It’s a decent novel and Green is an expert in manipulating emotions. It’s almost commendable and I’m sure I’d eaten this up if I was in high school. I’m no longer there and I see through my fantasies. There are a lot of good moments and good writing, especially in the middle. Green’s strength in at least capturing how teenagers feel like is here. It’s sad that he uses this mostly to wallow in his own fantasies. He can write insightful. He can write a Young Adult novel that will crack open the genre but this is not it.

2.5 manic pixie dream girls out of 5

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