An Abundance of Katherines- John Green

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.

AWARDS:

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

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