Bookmarked: An Abundance of Katherines


An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

The book’s about the child prodigy Colin Singleton and his quest to mattering. He has been dumped by 19 Katherines and together with his best friend Hassan, they went on a road trip to mend his broken heart – in a way. He came across the town Gutshot where he met the smart and sassy Lindsey Lee Wells. A lot of Mathematics happened after. Lol. Apparently, since Colin’s super smart he wanted to create a formula wherein one can assess if he/she’s a Dumper or a Dumpee. Sounds interesting enough?

An Abundance of Katherines is different from the sad, thrilling effect of Looking For Alaska and Paper Towns. It’s awkward, funny, and really nerdy yet adorable. The Mathematics element was… well, an eyesore (personally cos Math hates me) but it worked!

I loved Hassan’s character since Colin’s too full of himself. We have the same problems though… like when you’re already labelled as something, and that label has been taken away from you, who are you now? How can you matter? Or do you still even matter? We all want to be something in this world and for people. But how?

You matter as much as the things that matter to you. And I got so backwards trying to matter to him. All this time, there were real things to care about: real, good people who care about me, and this place. It’s so easy to get stuck. You just get caught in being something, being special or cool or whatever, to the point where you don’t even know why you need it; you just think you do.

I think what Colin missed out, and so do most people, is the why. Here’s my interpretation: he’s been planning out ways to make himself matter. He’s been asking himself questions yet the problem was he didn’t have this one significant question in the first place – why does he need to matter? It is easy to get stuck when you don’t even know who or where you want to be.

What made the story work is its relevance to what I’m going through now. As much as it entertained me, I kind of had my own Eureka moments thanks to Mr Child Prodigy.

And fine I have to admit, that whole Dumpee-Dumper equation sparked my interest. At least John Green put Math to good use. Hihihi.


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