TL; TR: An Abundance of Katherines
So I read a lot of John Green books. He’s one of the few authors I make an exception for because I generally read nonfiction books.
You get to book 4 of John Green, and you kind of know how it goes. You would think that I would get tired from reading the similar patterns.. John Green never ceases to surprise me with the careful and meticulous research he puts into every book he writes. Maybe this is why I read them. They are fictional, yet the research is so real- it’s close to nonfiction. Or maybe I just like to read them. Every book has a lot of research background, right? Right.
Anyhow, An Abundance of Katherines goes along the same lines of boy-likes-girl, girl-likes-boy, high-school-drama-esque. There’s the underage drinking, road trips and general store hangouts. But there are other things that come into play, like a Theorem. The Theorem that theoretically predicts the longevity of a relationship. And other things like shooting guns, visiting warehouses and a pink mansion. Your typical young adult novel.
What I loved about An Abundance of Katherines, and maybe love is a strong word…I thoroughly liked this book is that it’s not just about teenage love drama. It never is. John Green books are always reflective with not just your boy-girl relationships, but relationships with people around you in general. As I usually do, here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book (sorry if this gives any spoilers!):
What matters to you defines your mattering.
Do you ever wonder whether people would like you more or less if they could see inside you? But I always wonder about that. If people could see me the way I see myself- if they could live in my memories- would anyone, anyone love me?
You’re not boring. You’ve got to stop saying that, or people will start believing you.
The future will erase everything- there’s no level of fame or genius that allows you to transcend oblivion. The infinite future makes that kind of mattering impossible. But there’s another way. There are stories.
What has this book taught me? Go on a road trip.