Book Nook: An Abundance of Katherines

It’s Blogmas day 3! Today I thought I would give a review on a book that I actually got last Christmas. The book is written by John Green and is called An Abundance of Katherines. This book is actually known as John Green’s least popular YA book. It doesn’t have much of a following and many YA readers have said they just didn’t enjoy the book. However, that did not deter me.


The book is about a teenager who loves anagrams, was a child prodigy, and dated only girls named Kathrine. In fact, he has been dumped nineteen times by Katherines. After being dumped on graduation day he goes on a road trip with his best friend which doesn’t go as planned. Through this all he is trying to develop a mathematical formula to predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees, and ideally win him the girl.

Reading this book I can see why it isn’t as popular with the YA crowd. While you don’t have to understand the math or anagrams to read the book, it can make it harder to get through. However, I absolutely loved this book. I liked how they used real mathematics and incorporated it into the storyline. Since I dabbled a bit in University calculus and physics, I found it just added another level to the book and made it even more enjoyable. The storyline was also pretty good, though it is a YA book so it’s nothing too in depth or earth-shattering. I think this book was just made to cater to the wrong age group. Had this been tweaked to be more of an older teen to adult kind of book I think it would have been more well received. I say if you love anagrams, or math (or just attended a basic calculus class) you’ll probably enjoy this book. However if you don’t like YA books or if math, anagrams, or higher level thinking in a YA book isn’t your thing then I suggest passing over An Abundance of Katherines and checking out one of John Green’s other novels.

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