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From the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars 

Michael L. Printz Honor Book

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

Katherine V thought boys were gross

Katherine X just wanted to be friends

Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail

K-19 broke his heart

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun--but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.

Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.

Synopsis:

Colin Singleton always falls for girls named Katherine--and he's been dumped by all of them. Letting expectations go and allowing love in are part of Colin's hilarious quest to find his missing piece and avenge dumpees everywhere.

Synopsis:

From the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery

New York Times bestseller

USA Today bestseller

Publishers Weekly bestseller

 

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows.

After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues--and theyre for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.

Bestselling author and Printz Medalist John Green's brilliant wit and searing emotional honesty have inspired a new generation of readers.

 

Synopsis:

The award-winning, genre-defining debut from #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

New York Times bestseller

First drink

First prank

First friend

First girl

Last words

Miles "Pudge" Halter is abandoning his safe-okay, boring-life. Fascinated by the last words of famous people, Pudge leaves for boarding school to seek what a dying Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps."

Pudge becomes encircled by friends whose lives are everything but safe and boring. Their nucleus is razor-sharp, sexy, and self-destructive Alaska, who has perfected the arts of pranking and evading school rules. Pudge falls impossibly in love. When tragedy strikes the close-knit group, it is only in coming face-to-face with death that Pudge discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally.

John Green's stunning debut marks the arrival of a stand-out new voice in young adult fiction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author

John Green lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Ruby h, December 15, 2013 (view all comments by Ruby h)
An abundance of Katherines, by John Green is about a teen prodigy named Colin. Colin has dated a number of girls named Katherine, nineteen exactly.When his most recent relationship with Katherine number 19 ends Colin is sad. To take his mind off Katherine his best friend Hassan take Colin on a roadtrip. On this roadtrip they visit the crypt of an arch duke. There they meet Lindsey Lee Wells, a pre-med student and tour guide for the crypt. Colin and Lindsey fall in love and she breaks his Katherine dating sequence.

I really enjoyed this book and would suggest John Green lovers give it a try. It's a great read for girls who like quirky love stories and funny friendships.I look forward to reading this book again, and more novels by this author in the future.
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Andi Delgado, October 22, 2013 (view all comments by Andi Delgado)
An Abundance of Katherines was an amazing, witty book that keeps its readers amused and longing for more.Filled with random factoids, Abundance keeps readers laughing and intrigued. Green writes in such a way that his readers can relate to what the characters are feeling and thinking. The book brings to its audience great joy and sometimes deep sadness, which brings out Green's excellent writing style. Thank you, John Green, for gifting the world with another amazing book.
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Erin Clarkson, May 25, 2011 (view all comments by Erin Clarkson)
I have never loved a book that I found on my own as I have loved the books that were recommended to me. In my publishing program we talk all the time about the future of books and the conversation inevitably comes back around to the fact that recommendations sell books. This book, An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, was recommended to me a few weeks ago by my boyfriend, and I am pleased to say that I will now count it among my favorites.

It’s about a seventeen-year-old boy named Colin. He is a child prodigy and has a serious complex about “mattering” to the world. And he has a complex over the fact that he has dated a total of nineteen Katherines in his life, and they have all dumped him. After Katherine XIX finally ditches Colin, he and his best friend Hassan decide to take a road trip, which leads them down to Gutshot, Tennessee. There they see the grave of the Archduke Ferdinand, meet a girl named Lindsey Lee Wells, and learn the history of this little town. During their stay Colin begins to formulate a Theorem of “Dumpers and Dumpees,” plotting out his love life through math. While he hopes that this mathematical equation will solve his Katherine problem and prove his worth to the world, Colin learns about what it really means to “matter.”

This book is everything that most YA books are not: funny and smart. A good number of YA books are funny"that’s what sells these days aside from the supernatural. A much smaller number are smart (The Book Thief, etc.). What really seals the deal for An Abundance of Katherines is the narration. It’s told in third person limited--which means we hear from only from Colin--with a fantastic balance of close and far narration. What that means is the narrator’s voice is sometimes so close to Colin’s thoughts that you can’t tell the difference, and other times the narrator is a completely separate entity, observing and commenting on the events of the book. Most writers can’t pull this off very well, or at all. And certainly most can’t do it with a splash of humor (from both the narrator and Colin).

The story too is simple and endearing. There’s a little romance, a little adventure, a little soul-searching. And of course some incredibly great lines. This is a book that you will quote to your friends and laugh about years from now, even when the details of the story are fuzzy. The idea and the message of this story--that it’s okay to not matter to the world, as long as you matter to those around you--comes through so strong and clear that you won’t have to remember the exact details of Colin and Hassan’s botched feral hog hunt, or the math that goes into Colin’s Theorem, or how many Katherines exactly there were, to remember why you love this book.

On a side note John Green also uses foot notes, which are surprisingly fun and unobtrusive. Nothing like David Foster Wallace, just little tidbits that add to the story.

A definite must-read for any fan of YA--or any reader in general.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142410707
Author:
Green, John
Publisher:
Puffin Books
Subject:
School & Education
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Mathematics
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Situations / Runaways
Subject:
Situations / Dating & Sex
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.20x5.60x.72 in. .60 lbs.
Age Level:
12-17

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"Synopsis" by , Colin Singleton always falls for girls named Katherine--and he's been dumped by all of them. Letting expectations go and allowing love in are part of Colin's hilarious quest to find his missing piece and avenge dumpees everywhere.
"Synopsis" by ,
From the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery

New York Times bestseller

USA Today bestseller

Publishers Weekly bestseller

 

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows.

After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues--and theyre for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.

Bestselling author and Printz Medalist John Green's brilliant wit and searing emotional honesty have inspired a new generation of readers.

 

"Synopsis" by ,
The award-winning, genre-defining debut from #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

New York Times bestseller

First drink

First prank

First friend

First girl

Last words

Miles "Pudge" Halter is abandoning his safe-okay, boring-life. Fascinated by the last words of famous people, Pudge leaves for boarding school to seek what a dying Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps."

Pudge becomes encircled by friends whose lives are everything but safe and boring. Their nucleus is razor-sharp, sexy, and self-destructive Alaska, who has perfected the arts of pranking and evading school rules. Pudge falls impossibly in love. When tragedy strikes the close-knit group, it is only in coming face-to-face with death that Pudge discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally.

John Green's stunning debut marks the arrival of a stand-out new voice in young adult fiction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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