“Katherine V thought boys were gross. Katherine X just wanted to be friends. Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail. K-19 broke his heart. When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.”
Well, well.. what can I say about An Abundance of Katherines? This book will draw you in from the start. At the beginning I felt a little annoyed with the main character Colin- I just felt the whole book was going to be him whining the whole time over his girlfriend dumping him. I was wrong!
Colin Singleton is a child prodigy who is fearing he will not grow to become an adult prodigy. After getting dumped by his girlfriend Katherine — Colin and his best friend Hassan take a road trip to get away and clear their minds! Little did they know- this road trip would turn into the best decision they have ever made. Colin and Hassan end up in a town called Gutshot- thinking they were going to get killed by some locals who do not like visitors; they were surprised when everyone in Gutshot was friendly and welcoming. Well, almost everyone. Colin and Hassan meet a local girl named Lindsey and end up staying with her family for the remaining of their stay in the town. Friendships grow, romance blossoms and a hornets nest- may or may not get shot during a hog hunting trip?- Yeah, you read that right!
This book will keep you reading and will keep you interested until the end. The characters are lovable and you will find it hard to not relate to at least one of them throughout the novel. I mean come on, you have Colin- who spends the whole book struggling to come up with a theory that describes the arc of his 19 relationships with girls named Katherine. Hassan, who has no idea where he is going in life and spends most of his time poking fun at Colin. Lindsey, who is a paramedic in training who works at the Gutshot convenience0 store; she is also dating her long time crush TOC (The Other Colin)- but is this relationship meant to last? You will have to read to find out.
An Abundance of Katherines is full of foot notes on interesting facts that are written into the book. I can honestly say that I have learned a few things while reading this book. Win, win.. am I right?
“Perhaps, then, Colin ought to have grown accustomed to it, to the rise and fall of relationships. Dating, after all, only ends one way: poorly. If you think about it, and Colin often did, all romantic relationships end in either (1) breakup, (2) divorce, or (3) death.”
Lots of love,
L & A