Book Review: An Abundance of Katherines

It’s been a while since my last book review because unfortunately I haven’t had much time for reading lately. But the past few weekends I was able to pick up this book again and finish it, so I wanted to take the time to write a quick review for you all!

An Abundance of Katherine is one of John Green’s books (the author of The Fault in our Stars, Looking for Alaska and Paper Town) and to be honest, I didn’t like it quite as much as those three. It’s not that I disliked it, I just didn’t find myself quite as captivated as I was with his other novels. Because of that, I thought it would be fun to write a pros and cons list about the book, so you can get a feel for what I did and didn’t enjoy about it.

  1. The characters are very detailed, vivid and well thought-out. I could picture all of them clearly, and they each had their own unique style of dialogue. I definitely think that is something that John Green excels at: building strong characters that we can relate to and feel like we know personally.
  2. The book had a very unique element to it, which was that the main character was a “genius” or “child prodigy”. He had an obsession with being important and being well-known for something in life. He essentially wanted to become famous for inventing a theorem to predict the outcome of a romantic relationship. So the book had a lot of math and science in it, which I surprisingly enjoyed despite the fact that I was terrible at both of those subjects in school.
  1. Not much happened in the plot. Now, I’m not the type of person that needs an extremely action-packed plot, but I do like for there to be some sort of adventure at some point, like when Hazel and Gus traveled to Amsterdam in TFIOS. I felt that’s one of the elements this book was lacking.
  2. Though the main characters were brilliant, as I mentioned above, I did feel that there could have been a few more supporting players in the story. There were a few minor characters, but they never felt fully flushed out to me. I think John Green could have given a bit more detail about some of them, and maybe even added in a few other characters to the mix.

I know this didn’t give a plot summary at all, and you’re probably thinking “but what is the book even about?” I just wanted to do something different with this review. If you’d like to read more about the actual story, you can check out this book review.

Leave a comment below letting me know if you’ve read this book, or any of John Green’s other books. I’d also love to hear any suggestions you have for the next book I should read! You can take a look at my past book reviews to get an idea of the kind of novels I enjoy.

6 thoughts on “Book Review: An Abundance of Katherines

  1. I haven’t read this one but I have read the other books by John Green you mentioned. Out of those, I really liked Paper Towns. It does take me some time to get really into the novel when I start reading one of Green’s books. I’m not really so sure why? Do you have the same?

    1. I love paper towns and the movie was great too! I feel the same way about it taking time to get into his books sometimes. I think that might have been the problem with this one because I read part of it and then stopped and then picked it back up after a few months and it was hard for me to get back into it again.

      1. I actually haven’t seen the movie yet (oops!) But I definitely enjoyed it. That was the only book that went by quickly. I read the majority of it on the plane, so there wasn’t really anywhere to go, haha.
        Yeaah! I had the same with Looking for Alaska. I started reading in August and had a huuuge 6 month gap. I was surprised that I still quite liked it.

      2. Haha yeah that’s exactly what happened with me and this book. I was pleasantly surprised that I still liked it, but I just felt like I didn’t like it quite as much as the others for some reason.

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