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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

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An Abundance of Katherines
by John Green

The Beginning:
Colin is quirky; a prodigy, but not yet a genius and the dumpee to 19 Katherines.  Having just graduated from high school and been dumped by Katherine XIX, he sets off on a road trip with his best (and only) friend, Hassan.

The Middle:
The Hearse (short for Satan's Hearse, Colin's gray, old Oldsmobile) finds it's way to the grave of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Gutshot, Tennessee.  Colin and Hassan end up working for the proprietor of the grave (and gift shop) interviewing the townspeople of Gutshot.  During their stay (at a pink mansion) they eat many Thickburgers, hunt for feral pigs and discover (SPOILER ALERT!) that it is not really Archduke Franz Ferdinand buried under the obelisk!  

The End:
Colin realizes through a mathematical theorem that you really can't predict the lifespan of a relationship, that he really can tell a story and that what really matters is the stories that we leave behind.

Despite the math, I found this story to be light-hearted and charming.  The characters are likable (okay, maybe not TOC, but all the others!), the angst is palpable and the journey was a perfect road trip (without leaving the couch)! An Abundance of Katherines just might be my favorite John Green book! 

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