An Abundance of Katherines is a creative and humourous story that centers on a 17 year old boy and his history of dating girls named Katherine. A child prodigy, Colin tries to use his brain smarts to create a formula for predicting the outcome of a relationship. While there is a bit of math-speak in this novel, one does not need to love math or understand it in order to enjoy the story. (I should know- math is NOT my strongest subject.) Along with dealing with teenage love this story also touches on life goals, friendship- between guys nonetheless, and a little bit with religions. I really enjoyed reading this book, and think that high school boys and girls would both be able to identify with it. I especially enjoyed the random facts that are sprinkled throughout the novel. I would recommend this as a book for individual reading. I don’t think it would be out of place in a classroom setting- but I also think there are other novels that are better suited for whole class reads.
2007 Printz Honor Book
A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A Booklist Editors’ Choice
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of the Year