Young Adult Lit/Crit

April 28, 2008


Filed under: Look What I'm Reading for Book Club! — katefrazer @ 9:20 pm

After reading and loving Looking for Alaska this winter, I was very eager to read John Green’s An Abundance of Katherine’s, which I am almost finished reading now.  I am really enjoying this book, but I don’t really put it on the same level as Alaska

An Abundance of Katherine‘s is about a washed-up child prodigy named Colin, who has just been dumped by his nineteenth Katherine.  Colin is 18 and just graduated from high school.  He’s a prodigy, not a genius, so he is struggling to make his mark, to make himself matter.  Unfortunately, at the same time he is trying to recover from his recent break-up, and he’s not doing too well. 

Colin and his friend Hassan decide to go on a road trip, and end up living with a 17 year-old named Lindsey and her mom, who happens to own the major factory in a very small town.  It’s a pretty interesting town, and while I like Colin, I love Hassan.  He’s a funny guy.  The further I read in the book, the more I like it.  It started a little slowly, but it is really picking up.  I also have no real idea about how the book will end, and I like that. 


  1. I’m definitely putting in on my summer reading list (which is getting very long, thanks to this class). Thanks for letting us know about it.

    Comment by sostrom — April 29, 2008 @ 9:36 am

  2. Kate,

    This sounds like a book that gains steam as you read it–much better than a book that goes out with a whimper. I haven’t read any of Green’s work but you are the 90th (why 90?) person to tell me to read him this semester and it’s about time
    I just did it. I’ve heard so many great things about Looking for Alaska which is a book
    that Karen told me my students would love. I guess I better get reading.


    Comment by scrollman — April 29, 2008 @ 1:47 pm

  3. Kate: I am going to read this book as well– hopefully this summer!

    Comment by mandygrl101 — April 29, 2008 @ 4:37 pm

  4. Kate:
    So far your recommendations to me have been spot on so I will pick this up for summer! Wanted to let you know I bought Twilight the other day- thought you would be proud 🙂

    Comment by kariredmond — April 29, 2008 @ 10:15 pm

  5. Kari,
    I’m so glad that you bought TWILIGHT! I’m sure you’re going to love it.

    Comment by katefrazer — April 30, 2008 @ 10:27 am

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