My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I’ve seen both movie adaptations of John Green’s books and enjoyed them. I’ve seen his YouTube videos and watched interviews with him and thought he was a pretty cool, smart dude, so thought it was probably time I actually read something he wrote. “An Abundance of Katherines” happened to be on the “recommended by our staff” shelf at the local library so I picked it up.
It wasn’t for me. The whole thing felt, not like a story being told but like a sequence of events being dictated: She did this, he did that, we felt this. The pacing was really rushed, and not in a fast-paced action way, in a “author is really trying to churn this out in 19 chapters for the quirk” kind of way. Nothing really even happens until the final 4 chapters which feel like they should be prefaced with “In conclusion…”.
The only part I did enjoy about “An Abundance of Katherines” were Green’s footnotes throughout, the only part of himself I felt like he really gave to this story. I probably wouldn’t read anything else by Green but I am still a fan of him generally. My recommendation: skip the story and read the footnotes and the Q+A at the end.