An Abundance of Katherines

When it comes to relationships, everyone has a type. Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. He has dated–and been dumped by–19 Katherines. In the wake of The K-19 Debacle, Colin–an anagram-obsessed washed-up child prodigy–heads out on a road trip with his overweight, Judge Judy- loving friend Hassan. With 10,000 dollars in his pocket and a feral hog on his trail, Colin is on a mission to prove a mathematical theorem he hopes will predict the future of any relationship (and conceivably win the girl).¬†An Abundance of Katherines was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Honor book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It was also named one of the books of the year by Booklist, Horn Book, and Kirkus.
If you are fully prepared to be inundated with spoilers, you can learn much, much more about Katherines at the book’s Questions page.

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Reviews (Spoiler Alert!)

“Imagine an operating room at the start of a daring but well-rehearsed procedure and you will have something of the atmosphere of ”An Abundance of Katherines”: every detail considered, the action unrolling with grace and inevitability.”

-New York Times Book Review

“Green follows his Printz winning Looking for Alaska (2005) with another sharp, intelligent story. The laugh-out-loud humor ranges from delightfully sophomoric to subtly intellectual.”
-Booklist, Starred Review

“Fully fun, challengingly complex, and entirely entertaining.”
-Kirkus, Starred Review

“Laugh-out-loud funny, this second novel by the author of the Printz winner Looking for Alaska charts a singular coming-of-age American road trip that is at once a satire of and a tribute to its many celebrated predecessors.”
-Horn Book, Starred Review

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Anna Jeery' June 19, 2015 at 1:14 pm

Helloo Jhon Green, I Love you Books <3

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Chelsea June 19, 2015 at 4:27 pm

John Green,
I absolutely loved your book An Abundance of Katherines, and I have to say I think it’s my favourite. Many people undermine this book and say that it’s boring but to that, firstly, I would like to say that for me this book was hilarious (Hassan is my spirit animal). Not too many books can make me laugh out loud instead of simply grunting or blowing more air out of my nose than normal, but this one did. Secondly, I could relate to the characters. I haven’t dated a multitude of Katherines or anything, but I related to the ideas of why we exist and what we’re meant to do, and how the future will always be unpredictable, and even the pressure of being looked at as smart and then trying to keep up with that label. By reading this book I guess I sorted a few things out about myself. Clear as mud right?
I just wanted to say thank you for writing such awesome books, you’re truly amazing.

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nouran June 19, 2015 at 7:18 pm

I just have 2 question for Mr. John Green question (1) is how did you get the idea to write this nice book ?

maybe this question is dump but what happens to Hassan?

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Mujtaba June 20, 2015 at 8:46 am

not only Hassan what happens to everyone. i mean they probably just wouldn’t keep driving. It’s just incomplete still.

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nouran June 19, 2015 at 7:25 pm

I actually read all your books and they are really an awesome books and the abuandance of Kathrine is an awesome book that I really liked it I see that the book contains everything its an hilarious book and for me I saw that this is the first book to make lol

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Batman Arkham Knight Download June 21, 2015 at 10:07 am

Katherines is my favorite one

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Brena Rdrigues June 21, 2015 at 4:35 pm

Livro magnifico. Leio sempre, inumeras vezes e nunca canso de ler

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Emily June 22, 2015 at 3:14 pm

Hi! Im planning on reading all of your books.The trouble is I dont know which one is my favorite (ive read tfios,lfa and a abundace of Kathines) and they have all have a place in my heart!

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Nate June 24, 2015 at 4:43 pm

I’m looking forward to what you have in the future!

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gabby Ilarraza July 3, 2015 at 10:11 pm

I love an abundance of Katherine’s it’s a book that made me Laugh and even though many may think it boring I find it to be a great book

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