Literal Book Covers #3: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

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This Week’s Literal Book Cover Victim: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green


So my first John Green book was The Fault in Our Stars (surprise surprise) but I haven’t liked anything else of his since then. I hated Paper Towns (specifically Margo and then the ending) and I couldn’t even finish Looking for Alaska. So whether I will read An Abundance of Katherines or not is really up in the air.

There is something more minimalist about this cover than many YA covers today. It’s not incredibly minimalist, but I like the basic nature of it; I love the math equation as the carrier for the title, and the outlines of the people in different colors are more effective I think than actual pictures of people would be.

What I think this book is about: Katherine #1 is the new girl at a math gifted special snowflake school. Upon entering her first classroom, she discovers her entire class is also named Katherine. What’s even crazier is all of the Katherines are super good at math, the only thing Katherine #1 has ever been better than others at. Katherine #1 starts having an identity crisis until it is revealed that she is actually just a clone of some original girl named Katherine, and she is part of a scientific program that is tasked with creating super humans to send into space to start a colony on Mars. 

Ok, so that’s probably not what An Abundance of Katherines is about. But that could be kind of interesting, right?

What this book is really about: Katherine V thought boys were gross
Katherine X just wanted to be friends
Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail
K-19 broke his heart
When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun–but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.

Yep, sounds like a John Green novel. Probably won’t be picking this one up anytime soon, but it’ll probably stay on the TBR.

Which version of An Abundance of Katherines would you prefer to read?

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