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An Abundance of Katherines proves worth the read

Grace Li, News Editor

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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green details the pitiful relationships of Colin Singleton, an anagram obsessed, child prodigy who has just been dumped by his nineteenth Katherine. The peculiar thing about Singleton is that he only dates girls named Katherine, hence the title. Heartbroken and tired of always being the “Dumpee,” Singleton and his friend Hassan set out on a road trip to prove Singleton’s Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, a theorem that figures out the ups and downs of any relationship.

Though not as popular as Green’s other book, The Fault in Our Stars, An Abundance of Katherines proved to be just as exciting, funny, and sweet. What stands out about Green’s books is the relatability. The teenagers, despite their odd quirks and activities such as pig-hunting or anagram-coding, are both ordinary and extraordinary in some way. They have qualities, such as Singleton’s astounding memory and Hassan’s religious devotion, that make them stand out and make us want to read the novel.

But the way they react to certain situations are normal. Singleton’s primary reaction to Katherine 19’s breakup is to either run away, or to beg her to come back. He doesn’t shake it off by battling a fire-breathing dragon or rebelling against the government like some books manage to weave into their plot lines. He reacts to the breakup by being a normal human being, and that connection is easy to relate to.

Another defining quality about An Abundance of Katherines was the humor. The characters are witty and quick—they have an arsenal of comebacks and jokes that will get any reader to chuckle.

And of course, there is the romance. Singleton’s love interest, or eventual love interest, is a girl named Lindsey (not Katherine!). The way their relationship comes together is very natural and very real—it adds a certain sweetness to the whole thing.

Overall, An Abundance of Katherines was definitely worth the read. It brought together romance, action, and humor, all the while staying coherent. Green writes about teenagers at the epitome of their own “existential crisis,” making the novels relatable and interesting.

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Grace Li, Editor-in-Chief

Grace Li is a senior, and the Editor-in-Chief of The Dublin Shield. She has been recognized by the 2013 and 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for...