September 21st, 2006

books

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Three months before it was published, I got a surprise in my mailbox. Thank you, book gods and goddesses, for granting me early access to An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. This was a title I had been looking forward to ever since it was first announced, and I had no idea that it would make its way to me so early. The book was officially released on September 21st.

If you know me personally, you know how much I enjoyed the writing style employed by Green in his debut novel, Looking for Alaska. Because of that, I had high hopes for An Abundance of Katherines. That's dangerous. The higher the hopes, the harder to reach. However, this book was as good as I expected - in a different way than I expected.

Book review ahead:

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Fans of John Green's Printz Award-winning novel Looking for Alaska will not be disappointed by his sophomore effort. Though the stories themselves are vastly different, with Abundance being much lighter in tone than Alaska, both novels boast intelligent writing and memorable characters.

An Abundance of Katherines is more than heartache and theorems. Colin asks if love is graphable, and he finds out that life is unpredictable. What really matters? How can a person matter? Whether or not your name is Katherine, pick up this book, and Colin will share his discoveries with you.

Now for the most personal part:

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This review was cited by the author himself at his blog. He called my review "long and thoughtful and nicely written, I think, although obviously I am biased because the review made me happy." I am extremely flattered. Thanks, John!

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