An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

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“When it comes to girls (and in Colin’s case, it so often did), everyone has a           type. Colin Singleton’s type was not physical but linguistic: he liked Katherines. And not Katies or Kats or Kitties or Cathys or Rynns or Trinas or Kays or Kates or, God forbid, Catherines. K-A-T-H-E-R-I-N-E. He had dated nineteen girls. All of them had been named Katherine. And all of them – every single solitary one – had dumped him.”

Green, John. An Abundance of Katherines. Speak, 2006. 228 pages. Paperback. $9.99, ISBN 978-0-14-241070-7

Child prodigy, Colin Singleton has been waiting for his Eureka moment since he was four.

Colin is now 18 and a high school graduate.

Colin Singleton has just been dumped by his 19th girlfriend, all of whom have been named Katherine.

Colin Singleton is wallowing around in a pool of self pity and depression.

This is where his best friend, Hassan, enters the picture, convincing him that what he needs is a road trip.

Colin and Hassan end up in Gutshot, Tennessee where Colin is attempting to find his ever elusive Eureka moment by creating a mathematical equation to predict the life of a relationship as well as who will be the dumpee and who will be the dumper. This is also where they meet Lindsey and her mother Hollis. While getting to know them and the people of Gutshot, they learn some pretty interesting things about themselves. Read for yourself to see what happens….

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