Young Adult Lit/Crit

April 28, 2008

Katherines!

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. 

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5 Comments »

  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.
    -Sarah

    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.

    Jonathan

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

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

    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 🙂
    ~Kari

    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.
    Kate

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


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