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ISBN13: 9780525476887
ISBN10: 0525476881
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When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type is 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 by Printz medalist John Green, acclaimed author of Looking for Alaska.

Review:

"Green follows his debut novel, Looking for Alaska, with this comic story about Colin Singleton, who at 17, considers himself a failure. 'Formerly a prodigy. Formerly full of potential. Currently full of shit,' he thinks, when, on graduation day, his girlfriend breaks up with him, the 19th girl named Katherine he has dated and been dumped by. (That number includes some third- and fourth-grade encounters, one of which lasted three minutes.) Colin's best friend, Hassan, an overweight underachiever, suggests a road trip to lift Colin out of his funk. A highway sign advertising the grave of the Austro-Hungarian archduke whose assassination sparked WWI leads them to Gutshot, Tenn., and Lindsey Lee Wells, whose mother, Hollis, is the town's largest employer — she owns a factory that makes tampon strings. Hollis offers the boys jobs recording oral histories of local residents, which they accept, though Colin's true preoccupation is a mathematical formula ('The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability'), which will forecast the duration of all romantic relationships and enable him to make his mark on the world. It's not much of a plot, but Green's three companionable main characters make the most of it. Colin's epiphany — he can't predict the future but he can reinvent himself, maybe even date a girl not named Katherine — is pretty basic, but the intelligent humor that will make many readers eager to go along with him and Hassan for the ride. Ages 14-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Sophisticated teens will enjoy the wordplay and the warm friendships portrayed. The text is augmented by footnotes and graphs, and an appendix explains the math, in case readers are interested." KLIATT

Review:

"The math angle and humorous anagrams may create additional interest for some teens." School Library Journal

Review:

"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." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Dialogue and plot flow together beautifully, enlivened by foreign languages, equations, and expository footnotes. It also includes an entertaining appendix explaining the theorem." VOYA

Synopsis:

In this new novel from the acclaimed author of Looking for Alaska, Colin Singleton always falls for girls named Katherine — and he's been dumped 19 times, to be exact. Letting expectations go and allowing love are in the heart of his hilarious quest to find his missing piece and avenge dumpees everywhere.

Synopsis:

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:

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

Michael L. Printz Honor Book

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singletons type is 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.

 

 

About the Author

John Green is the author of Looking for Alaska. He lives in New York City.

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AnnikaR, December 15, 2013 (view all comments by AnnikaR)
An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green is a book about a boy named Colin Singleton. Fresh out of high school Colin gets dumped again. But there’s a twist. Oddly every girl Colin has ever dated was named Katherine. After Katherine 19 left him Colin has begun on a theory that is supposed to predict the stability and length of any relationship. But Hassan, Colins’ best friend knows that Colin being the wiz-kid that he is commonly know as he needs to get his mind on something other then his most recent breakup. So he decides to make Colin join him on a road trip. Throughout the book you will follow Colin and Hassan on their adventure.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romantic/comedy books because this book made me laugh a lot! But, there were a ton of smaller plot lines full of romance and excitement so you were always on the edge of your seat. I loved this book because you get so connected to the characters and that there was always something new going on to keep you interested and reading.

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Kricia, June 5, 2009 (view all comments by Kricia)
Funniest Book ever I recomended it to someone who likes to laugh. =~)
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paint.my.life, March 2, 2009 (view all comments by paint.my.life)
This book was so awesome! I can't explain it... JUST READ IT!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780525476887
Author:
Green, John
Publisher:
Dutton Books
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Self-perception
Subject:
Social Issues - Dating & Sex
Subject:
Mathematics
Subject:
Children s humor
Subject:
School & Education
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.75 x 6 x 4.37 in 4.3 lb
Age Level:
13-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Green follows his debut novel, Looking for Alaska, with this comic story about Colin Singleton, who at 17, considers himself a failure. 'Formerly a prodigy. Formerly full of potential. Currently full of shit,' he thinks, when, on graduation day, his girlfriend breaks up with him, the 19th girl named Katherine he has dated and been dumped by. (That number includes some third- and fourth-grade encounters, one of which lasted three minutes.) Colin's best friend, Hassan, an overweight underachiever, suggests a road trip to lift Colin out of his funk. A highway sign advertising the grave of the Austro-Hungarian archduke whose assassination sparked WWI leads them to Gutshot, Tenn., and Lindsey Lee Wells, whose mother, Hollis, is the town's largest employer — she owns a factory that makes tampon strings. Hollis offers the boys jobs recording oral histories of local residents, which they accept, though Colin's true preoccupation is a mathematical formula ('The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability'), which will forecast the duration of all romantic relationships and enable him to make his mark on the world. It's not much of a plot, but Green's three companionable main characters make the most of it. Colin's epiphany — he can't predict the future but he can reinvent himself, maybe even date a girl not named Katherine — is pretty basic, but the intelligent humor that will make many readers eager to go along with him and Hassan for the ride. Ages 14-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Sophisticated teens will enjoy the wordplay and the warm friendships portrayed. The text is augmented by footnotes and graphs, and an appendix explains the math, in case readers are interested."
"Review" by , "The math angle and humorous anagrams may create additional interest for some teens."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Dialogue and plot flow together beautifully, enlivened by foreign languages, equations, and expository footnotes. It also includes an entertaining appendix explaining the theorem."
"Synopsis" by , In this new novel from the acclaimed author of Looking for Alaska, Colin Singleton always falls for girls named Katherine — and he's been dumped 19 times, to be exact. Letting expectations go and allowing love are in the heart of his hilarious quest to find his missing piece and avenge dumpees everywhere.
"Synopsis" by ,
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" by , From the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

Michael L. Printz Honor Book

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singletons type is 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.

 

 

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