An Abundance of Katherines


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After he is dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to find a new direction in life, while trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

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Colin Singleton, child prodigy, tries to turn his 19 failed encounters with girls named Katherine into a formula that will predict the outcome of all relationships and elevate him to genius status. He and best friend Hassan take a somewhat non-traditional post-graduation road trip and end up in Gutshot, Tenn., guests of the owner of a factory that makes strings for tampons. Colin's wit, anagrams and philosophical quest for order combine with Lebanese Hassan's Muslim heritage and stand-up comedy routines to challenge the macho posturing of local youth, who are friends of Lindsey, the daughter of their hostess. When the boys are hired to collect oral histories of the town, their attachment to the small-town folk is cemented by cruising main street and hunting wild boar. Relationships develop, as does Colin, whom Lindsey somehow manages to teach how to tell a story, a skill truly lacking earlier. Sustaining the mood of giddy fun and celebratory discovery, Green omits the dark moments and bleak tragedy of his Printz Award-winning debut, Looking for Alaska (2005). There are tender tearful moments of romance and sadness balanced by an ironic tone and esoteric footnotes along with complex math. Fully fun, challengingly complex and entirely entertaining. (Fiction. YA) Copyright Kirkus 2006 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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    Colin Singleton has always had bad luck with women, i.e., a particular type of woman—girls called Katherine. He’s a sucker for these girls and he doesn’t date any other women with other names. But he’s just gotten dumped again and his friend Hassan has a solution to cure his despondency. W. Somerset Maugham postulated in “The Razor’s Edge” that nothing cures heartbreak like an ocean cruise but when you’re a recent high school graduate on limited funds, ocean cruises can be a bit steep. So Colin and Hassan are taking a road trip, the staple of American comedic teen movies. Filled with amusing little side-notes and tidbits about history, math and linguistics (just what you’d expect from a book about a child prodigy), “An Abundance of Katherines” gets more and more interesting the deeper you get into it. But it’s not just a compendium of boring data; Colin grows past his silly obsession with Katherines and learns that life isn’t always plottable or chartable. A bully, a cheating girlfriend and a rampaging razorback pig make for agreeable plot points.