aka YA Literature

Thursday, May 10, 2007

An Abundance of Katherines

Title: An Abundance of Katherines
Author: John Green
Rating: C-

Now, I know most of you probably think I'm completely illiterate since I haven't posted near the number of reviews as my fellow blog-mates, but you have to realize that I've been slowly suffering through Mr. John Green's new novel, An Abundance of Katherines.

The novel begins with the main character, Colin, being dumped by his latest Katherine...the 19th Katherine in a long list of ex-girlfriends all baring the same name. Crushed over this and the fear that his past as a child prodigy won't translate into adulthood genius, Colin and his best friend solve all their problems in the only way possible...a road trip to Tennessee!

Although I'll praise Mr. Green for a few humorous scenes and some nice turn-of-phrase, overall this work lacked anything worth discussing. I found the novel to be dull and highly predictable (even by YA standards). It almost seemed as though Mr. Green wrote this novel while watching late, late movies and incorporating trite movie plots into his work. My recommendation is to just read the interesting footnotes and forget the rest!


Sheryl said...

I started AAK but couldn't get into it. I abandoned it and promised to try it in audio version later. You should have read Looking for Alaska instead. It's excellent.

Question: Do you think YA books have lower writing "standards" than do adult books?

Holly said...

I LIKED it! I thought it was funny. It was a bit of a slower read, expecially with the footnotes and all, but still enjoyable.
I also think you would like Looking for Alaska better. Totally different type of book.
Good question, Sheryl. Something we should totally discuss over lunch at the Tea Room. Without Cody ;)

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