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An Abundance of Katherines (2006)

– tekijä: John Green

Muut tekijät: Daniel Bliss (Appendix)

Muut tekijät: Katso muut tekijät -osio.

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Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.… (lisätietoja)
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    Kaikki viimeiset sanat (tekijä: John Green) (mad.)
    mad.: this his john green's first book and although it has a completely different plot and characters it has the same style as an Abundance of Katherines
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    Will Grayson, Will Grayson (tekijä: John Green) (SheReads)
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    The Boyfriend List (tekijä: E. Lockhart) (Runa)
  4. 10
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    foggidawn: Both are great stories using the metaphor of road-trip for self-discovery.
  5. 10
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  6. 10
    Viimeinen samurai (tekijä: Helen DeWitt) (Katya0133)
    Katya0133: another book about a child prodigy, very different in style, but I enjoyed both
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This is the part where I’m supposed to talk about how much I didn’t like An Abundance of Katherines. How I think it’s John Green’s worst book, how it’s completely unrealistic and the characters are unreliable and the romance(s) are ridiculous and the Muslim representation is a mess. I’ve been in the book community and I’ve been reading John Green long enough to know the community’s opinions on An Abundance of Katherines.

The thing is… I don’t feel that way at all. In fact, An Abundance of Katherine’s is my favorite John Green novel. It’s a highly controversial opinion and I won’t go so far as to say the book is perfect, because it’s not. There are a lot of things to address in this book, a lot of things that could have been done better, and I definitely wouldn’t go so far as to say the characters are likable, but I also think… this is a really interesting book. My favorite things about John Green’s novels are not the characters or the relationships or the surface plot. It’s the conversations within the book, the profound observations. I know that’s a bit snotty, but… I do like these things.

Let’s talk about Hassan first, because from his first introduction to the very end of the book, I found Hassan problematic. The way he speaks, the language he uses, all of it raised flags for me. He uses an Arabic word consistently that is offensive, and with such casualness it’s like saying “dude”. I also take issue with his pride over his weight, not because I think he should be self-conscious of it but because his sense of humor is so self-depreciating that it feels a bit fat phobic. Just me? … … … All this said, I have read An Abundance of Katherines multiple times assuming Green write this character without research, and in 2006, sensitivity readers were very uncommon. This time, I read the acknowledgements, and Green didn’t do this on his own. Hassan’s character was designed by collaboration with Green’s friend Hassan al-Rawas, who is Muslim himself and provided the Arabic words. I am not excusing the sketchy bits of Hassan’s character, but for years I didn’t realize Green had help with this character and I think it complicates the argument a little.

Colin Singleton, our protagonist, is incredibly self-centered but on the other hand, I feel a bit like Colin may be on the autism scale. On his website, Green says he had no intention to put Colin on the spectrum, so he’s not claiming to have written an autistic character. Colin is generally unlikable but his struggling for significance, to make a difference in the world… that is relatable and I like that part of the story. We also have Lindsey’s struggle to find who she wants to be, who she wants to be with, and how to be happy. Both Colin and Lindsey’s stories over the summer were relatable to me when I first read An Abundance of Katherines in 2008 and to some extent are still relatable because as humans we are constantly redefining ourselves.

I see why so many people are bored reading this book and don’t like Colin, Hassan, and Lindsey. Really, I do. I guess I just find Gutshot interesting, although incredibly idyllic in my experience of small towns. I want to know what happens with Hollis and the town. An Abundance of Katherines focuses on Colin’s venture to re-enchant/get over Katherine XIX but that is the least interesting part of the book. The interesting parts are what happens while Colin is distracted by his Theorem. As such, it’s a book written in layers but seems overly simple (because that’s what folks expect from Green) and it’s not going to appeal to many, many readers. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend An Abundance of Katherines to most readers – if they’re looking for a John Green book, I’ll likely recommend fan favorite Looking for Alaska.

But for me, I really enjoy An Abundance of Katherines. It’s a highly flawed book that takes a while to get into, but I am always engrossed and at the end, I’m happy I read it. For me, this is a good book. If you’re a fan of John Green’s other books, you probably will find this one disappointing. If you – like so many others – find the Green brothers pretentious and the definition of privilege, then you really won’t like this book. If you’re looking for an easy-to-read YA contemporary with flawed characters that are outside your normal types… An Abundance of Katherines is pretty good.

Original Review: 5 Stars (Jne 2016)

This was my first [author:John Green|1406384] book, back in... 2010, maybe? [book:An Abundance of Katherines|49750] is, for whatever reason, still my favorite. I think perhaps it is because of the random "not interesting" (totally interesting) random facts, or the fact I was Lindsey Lee Wells in high school, or maybe just because Gutshot is a fun little town... I don't know. But I love this book and the reading of this version was excellent. I'll definitely visit this audio version (and the hard-copy version!) again. ( )
  Morteana | Oct 9, 2021 |
All of John Green's books will forever have a special place in my heart and I do not think I could ever really pick a favorite. I love his writing style as it makes the characters and the situations they are living in feel so very real. His characters are perfectly imperfect and I feel like I can relate to them all. If John Green writes a book I am guaranteed to read it. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
It was okay but for my taste, it was too slow. ( )
  jmfinley | Sep 17, 2021 |
This book is really good for what it sets out to be: A YA novel by the author of The Fault In Your Stars. So if you liked that book, you'll probably like this one. As a matter of fact, I think I liked it more. ( )
  Enno23 | Aug 15, 2021 |
Loved the explaination of the different relationships at the end but beyond that I found this one hard to connect with and follow. Felt a bit disjointed to me, though I suppose that matches the character a bit. I feel it may have worked better in first person. Just wan't for me. Would still recommend it to anyone who loves math and John Green tho of course! ( )
  SarahRita | Aug 11, 2021 |
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Grin has treasure—
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The morning after noted child prodigy Colin Singleton graduated from high school and got dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, he took a bath.
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Colin had always preferred baths; one of his general policies in life was never to do anything standing up that could just as easily be done lying down.
—pg. 3
But mothers lie. It’s in the job description.
—pg. 4
Crying adds something: crying is you, plus tears. But the feeling Colin had was some horrible opposite of crying. It was you, minus something.
—pg. 7
Prodigies can very quickly learn what other people have already figured out; geniuses discover that which no one has ever previously discovered. Prodigies learn; geniuses do.
—pg. 10
“Hassan Harbish. Sunni Muslim. Not a terrorist.”
“Lindsey Lee Wells. Methodist. Me, neither.”
—pg. 32
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