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Book Review

Publisher's Note:

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 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…

Overall Book Review:

An Abundance of Katherines gets off to a slow start, but ends up being a sweet story of self-discovery. Colin and his friend Hassan are funny, poignant, occasionally pathetic characters, and their journey (both literal and figurative) takes them in an interesting direction. Lindsey’s character is delightfully quirky, and it’s fun to watch the relationships blossom as each character tries to figure out what life’s all about. 

The prodigy theme and the anagrams and the Theorem, while clever, get old pretty quickly. The book tries to be a little too smart for its own good. On the other hand, the humor is spot on and had me laughing out loud more than once.

John Green is a difficult author to predict. It’s a pretty sure thing that there will be a lot of language and some sex in his books. His stories are well-crafted, timely, and speak authentically to his audience–but the reader gets the general sense that Green spent a lot of time in the boy’s locker room growing up. That said, An Abundance of Katherines has a much milder feel than some of his other work. 


Content Analysis:

Language/Profanity:  56 religious exclamations; 31 mild obscenities; 20 religious profanities; 8 derogatory names; 77 scatological words; 50 anatomical terms; 1 f-word derivative*.

* an f-word euphemism is used throughout the book.

Violence/Gore:  A historical story is related in which a person was assassinated with no gore; a character falls down and cuts his head badly; in an extended scene (3 pgs) characters fistfight with no serious injury.

Sex/Nudity:  Several (3) vague sexual references are made; orgasm is referred to twice; two partially clothed characters kiss; a character kisses another character on the cheek; a character refers to being sexually aroused (2 times); two characters hold hands; two characters kiss briefly (8 times); a female character sits on a male character’s lap; a character grabs another character’s buttock; two characters kiss passionately (twice); a reference is made to STDs and prostitutes; a character in close proximity with another character notices her breasts touching him; a character claims he got to  “second base” with clothing on; two underage characters are found having sex with some detail; body parts are referred to in crude terms; mention of homosexuality.

Mature Subject Matter:

Divorce, homosexuality (mentioned).

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Underage drinking.

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
10
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
2
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
8
10

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About the Reviewer

I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. My mother would often find me curled up in a corner, avoiding chores with a book–or two. When I was growing up, there wasn’t a large selection of YA books. I had children’s books and adult literature to choose from. I’ve come to love YA fiction as an adult and read almost nothing else when I read for pleasure–any genre will do.