'An Abundance of Katherines' - John Green
So I have been eyeing this book for about awhile because the back sounds so appealing and fun. And I had heard from several friends that it was a good read. A few of them even said that it’s better than The Fault In Our Stars. I don’t know if I agree to that completely, but regardless, here are my thoughts about this 2006 book.
My first reaction to this book was, “This is so slow! And a little boring…” You can judge me for saying that, but I’m not a huge fan of description. To me, it just makes me bored. I hate reading chunks and chunks of descriptive paragraphs on end and I’m not saying there isn’t ANY dialogue, but compared to The Fault In Our Stars (which is the first book I read by John Green) there is significantly less.
Another no-no from this book is the footnotes. I hate footnotes. I hate them like nobodies business.
Why do I hate them? 1. They break the flow of reading. 2. They are also a pain in the butt when the footnote is for something at the top of the page and you gotta move you eyes. I realize that sounds whiny, but when the book is at it’s climax do you really want to go from the top of the page to the bottom to read the footnote, and then end up finding out what happens even before you’re there?
There are footnotes about every 5-10 pages and in the middle of the book there isn’t as much but towards the beginning and the end, there is a lot more. So just beware.
Everyone who knows John Green through vlogbrothers, or his crash courses etc, will know that he is funny and sarcastic, and usually both gets accentuated in his novels. And you could really see that in The Fault In Our Stars because every few pages it could either make you laugh, or make you feel somewhat emotional. But for this book I think I only really laughed twice? Or at least no more than five times. So I think this book was when John Green was a lot less mature in the young adult apartment (I’m not saying he is a bad author though! Most people’s first publications are never as great as their older works. It’s a usual trend.).
But I did enjoy this book. I loved the message which is: “The future is unpredictable and you don’t always have to matter. If you want to matter, just take baby steps.”
The message is very beautiful, and what I love about it is that it doesn’t center around the common young adult themes of love or heartbreak but about life, and about the future.
I gotta say that the book is quite great, however for me it isn’t super relatable.
I’ve been ready books for forever and I usually end up relating with one or two of the characters but in this novel I couldn’t really relate to anyone. For starters I’ve never dated 19 boys with the same name, and I am not allowed to go on spontaneous road trips like the teenagers in the novel.
But regardless, the novel is very nice. Although I knew that I wouldn’t love John Green’s books as much after reading TFiOS (because that book is just plain amazing!) this book wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.
It is a book, however, that has a better ending than beginning. FYI.
If you are one of the few people like me who only heard about John Green via TFiOS, let me know! My boyfriend used to talk about him a lot but I never paid any attention to him..
If you have read and enjoyed AAoK, let me know your thoughts since everyone has a different opinion on things (: