An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

by Victoria Testa

It is a truth universally acknowledged that getting dumped sucks. Colin Singleton, child prodigy and soon-to-be adult genius, knows this feeling all too well. He has been dumped nineteen times by all the Katherine’s in his love life. After his break-up with the Katherine XIX, Colin sets out on a road trip with no set direction besides away from his doomed relationships. Colin and his best and only friend, Hassan, travel far away from the normality of their lives. The pair find themselves trapped in an adventure that includes a feral hog attack, a shocking secret, a “eureka” moment, a theorem, a kiss, and an ending the not even a genius could predict.

It takes a true genius to create a story as smart and funny as An Abundance of Katherines. John Green is nothing short of brilliant. At first, I thought a book about a prodigy would be too contrived. However, John Green finds the perfect balance between fun facts, humor, math, and romance. His writing is so hilarious that I found myself reading a passage out loud, laughing for several minutes, rereading it, and laughing harder than I did the first time.

The characters in An Abundance of Katherines are mesmerizing. They have incredibly believable flaws. Whether they are self-centered, lazy, or desperately trying to make everyone happy, the characters embody the beauty of being human. By the end of the story, the characters become family and you can’t help but root for them.

An Abundance of Katherines introduces so many heartwarming messages. However, one of the most important is the subject of “being important.” Colin wants to leave his mark on history and be remembered. In the end, he finally realizes that it’s not how much you matter but who you matter to. It’s about the people who love and care for you whether you just won the Nobel Prize or are lying facedown on your carpet after being dumped for the nineteenth time.

An Abundance of Katherines also reminds us that our futures cannot be predicted. We will never know what’s going to happen tomorrow. All we can rely on is today and making every second and relationship count.

Victoria Testa lives in New York City but is a beach bum at heart. When not writing or reading, she can be found surfing, swimming, and singing!

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