From johngreenbooks.com: “When it comes to relationships, everyone has a type. Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. He has dated–and been dumped by–19 Katherines. In the wake of The K-19 Debacle, Colin–an anagram-obsessed washed-up child prodigy–heads out on a road trip with his overweight, Judge Judy- loving friend Hassan. With 10,000 dollars in his pocket and a feral hog on his trail, Colin is on a mission to prove a mathematical theorem he hopes will predict the future of any relationship (and conceivably win the girl). An Abundance of Katherines was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Honor book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It was also named one of the books of the year by Booklist, Horn Book, and Kirkus.”
I am not sure I could give a better description of this book than the one above from John Green’s site. This book is the second one I have read recently which had footnotes (as part of the humor). It is a realistic portrayal of the friendship between Colin and Hassan. The two of them learn about themselves. Colin searches for a mathematical reason that he has been dumped by 19 girls named Katherine. Hassan, who isn’t really searching for anything, finds himself.
It is a short read (228 pages including the appendix) so those readers intimidated by the size of books will be attracted to it. I would recommend this book to teen boys and girls alike. The friendship and situations will appeal to boys, the underlying romance and the coming to terms with relationships will appeal to girls. Overall, I think this is an excellent read.