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.

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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.

The Fault in Our Stars: Movie Review

So this is going to be a quick review of the movie The Fault In Our Stars. To start with, I have read the book this movie is based off of, so I knew what was going to happen in the end. Yet, I still put myself through that torture. The movie was extremely accurate to the book. The author, John Green, even makes a cute and short cameo in the movie. I don’t want to leave any spoilers, though the Internet is riddled with them, but the movie was both wonderful and heartbreaking.

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I saw on a nerdfighter page that some people would stop the movie after Augustus reads the note from Hazel on his bedside table in Amsterdam. That you could stop the story and just go on to believe they lived happily ever after and nothing bad ever happens. I wish I could do that, but I know that’s not how the story ends. The struggle and heartbreak is so realistic, admirable, and moving. I loved this movie, and would highly suggest watching it if you’re in the mood for a sad but truthful movie. However, I warn you all that you will probably spend the rest of the day contemplating the inevitability of oblivion (like I am right now). Not exactly the most uplifting thing, but sometimes we just need a dose of hard reality.

Okay?