John Green clearly never disappoints. He knows his audience is mostly teenagers and he knows how to connect with them to get them excited about reading his books (and reading in general), and he inspires many of his readers to express themselves through writing. Needless to say, I had high expectations when I picked up An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.
When you begin reading, you are introduced to a heartbroken teenager named Colin. Throughout the story you learn about Colin’s past and how he is considered a genius. The plot of this story is unlike any other story I’ve read and it has flashbacks and witty humor which makes it enjoyable to read. The book has numerous diverse characters and is actually educational too, as it has facts on the bottoms of many pages that the common teenager wouldn’t know prior to reading this story. The main character also considers himself a prodigy, not a genius, because he doesn’t think he will continue being a prodigy through adulthood.
When I read reviews of this book online, there was a large spectrum of results. If you were to read the reviews specifically left by parents, you probably wouldn’t even bother to pick up the book. Parents described all the raunchy parts of the story and said it was strictly not appropriate for kids and teens under the age of 16.
For the most part however, the teens that reviewed the story loved it. The language that John Green uses is definitely colorful, which was concerning for parents, but helped teens relate to the story. Even though the main character is considered a genius and uses big words sometimes or states random facts that no normal teenager really should know, he talks to his friends and describes things and events as a regular teenager would. I found that it was easy to relate to Colin and the other main characters in the story. Each character was so diverse that it was easy to relate to one character strongly, but then also be able to relate to parts and quirks of the other characters.