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Summer Blog Challenge – Day 9

Day 9 – A book everyone hated but you loved

I’m not really sure about this one. I feel like there aren’t many books that I enjoyed that most others hated. It’s more a case that the books that I read might not have been very well known to begin with and so it is hard to find someone that has read them, let alone love them. So I don’t feel like those books count at all in this prompt.

There is only one that is really coming to mind.

A book that everyone hated that I loved would have to be An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.

I must admit that this book took me a while to actually get into, what with all the maths and equations filling up every footnote. But once you get past that, you realise that the book is actually quite cleverly composed. It isn’t like other John Green books where you are pretty much instantly enthralled by the book. It isn’t A Fault in Our Stars or Looking for Alaska but it’s certainly not like Will Grayson, will grayson either (which I had so much difficulty reading I don’t think I made it two chapters in. Seriously, I don’t care what the situation is, capital letters and full stops and important!).

The main character, Colin Singleton, appears to have a thing for girls named Katherine, apparently. Colin was once a child prodigy but after graduating from high school Colin realises that he has no claim to fame, no new ideas. Nothing. Just an ordinary, insignificant boy who got dumped. Again. So Colin and his friend Hassan set out on a road trip where they end up in Gutshot, Tennessee. While in Gutshot, they are hired to compile an oral history of Gutshot and this is how Hassan and Colin end up staying with Hollis and her daughter, Lindsey. And it is here that Colin comes up with a truly original idea, exactly what he wanted. He decides to come up with a theory of love in his attempt to describe his arc of failed relationships with girls named Katherine (hence all the maths and equations throughout the book). 

Overall the book is nerdy, quirky and overall just a good bit of fun. Nothing like John Green’s other works which I feel like is the issue most people find with the book. That and Colin is a tiny bit annoying but hey, aren’t a lot of YA characters really? The dialogue is one of the best parts, full of humour and teen angst.

Colin did not laugh. Instead he thought, Tampons have strings? Why? Of all the major human mysteries – God, the nature of the universe, etc. – he knew the least about tampons. To Colin, tampons were a little bit like grizzly bears: he was aware of their existence, but he’d never seen on in the wild, and didn’t really care to.

It’s not a long book, especially considering all the footnotes, and I recommend that you give it a chance at least once. John Green is a talented author and with this book, I think he was trying very much to show that he is capable of a great many things. Forget the other John Green works for an afternoon and head into it with an open mind.

Until tomorrow.


"We live and breathe words." I'm Louise and this is my place for all things bookish. Here is a place for reviews and recommendations and discussion. Send me any book recommendations for reviews.

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