Monday, September 27, 2010

An Abundance of Katherines (by John Green)

I loved Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns, so I wanted to read more John Green, and picked up this one. (I think the only one left is Will Grayson, Will Grayson, right?)

I admit I was resistant to this book because of the premise: a 17-year-old boy, who is fairly socially awkward, has dated 19 girls in a row, all named Katherine. I mean, come on. Three Katherines, sure. Five Katherines, okay. But NINETEEN? Maybe if the name were, like, Jennifer or Emma. But really, I've only known one Katherine in my entire life. I DON'T BUY IT.

Apart from that bit of UTTER IMPLAUSIBILITY, I found the book charming, if a bit familiar. Green likes to play around with the formula of slightly awkward boy, awesome best friend (Hassan is really awesome, and I love that he's Arabic) and almost-too-good-to-be-true super smart, super funny lead female character. But he does it in a way that keeps it fairly fresh from book to book.

Basically, a nice comforting YA book was exactly what I could handle reading this weekend. If you have any recommendations for Green-esque YA fiction, I'm all ears.


Anonymous Maureen said...

I haven't read this one yet, I will put it on the list.

A few YA's that I have enjoyed lately, that are on the lighter side.

Sweetheart of Prosper County by Jill S Alexander. I really liked this, and hope there is a sequel in the works.

Vintage Veronica by Erica S Perl, I was frustrated with the heroine at times, but very likeable book.

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, I LOVE road trips, and this book had a great feeling to it.

As you can tell I am no book reviewer, but these were fun!

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