An Abundance of Katherine's

By: John Green

Allie Fruendt


Colin Singleton, a child prodigy, just graduated high school. He is off to college. Colin was just dumped by his nineteenth girlfriend ever. All of his girlfriends names have been Katherine. All spelled the same. After Katherine XIX dumped Colin, he is distraught. Then, his best friend, Hassan, comes over to his house and suggests that they go on a road trip. Not knowing where they are going, they head off onto an adventure. On the way to wherever, Colin works on something he has been working on. Its his theorem, which is a theory that states that there are dumpers and dumpees. In the end, the theory should predict how the relationship is going to end, who is going to be the dumper, and who is going to be the dumpee. Then, on one interstate sign, Colin found something that interested him, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, who was one of the people who start World War I. Then they are in Gunshot, Tennessee. They realize how much different Gunshot is than Chicago, which is where they are from. The tour was started at a convenient store, where Lindsey began their tour. Within that day, Colin and Hassan had jobs working for Lindsey's mother. For the job, he interviews people and he realizes how much Gunshot means to people. In the end, Colin and Lindsey get closer, and he also figures out his theorem, so now he knows exactly how his relationships go.
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Colin's Formula


"If people could see me the way I see myself-if they could live in my memories- would anyone love me?"

"He liked the mere act of reading, the magic of turning scratches on a page into words inside his head."

"You can never love someone as much as you miss them."

"The thing about chameleoning your way through life is that it gets to wear nothing is real."


“Imagine an operating room at the start of a daring but well-rehearsed procedure and you will have something of the atmosphere of ”An Abundance of Katherines”: every detail considered, the action unrolling with grace and inevitability.”

-New York Times Book Review

“Fully fun, challengingly complex, and entirely entertaining.”
-Kirkus, Starred Review

“Green follows his Printz winning Looking for Alaska (2005) with another sharp, intelligent story. The laugh-out-loud humor ranges from delightfully sophomoric to subtly intellectual.”
-Booklist, Starred Review