“And abundance of Katherines” tells the odd story of a boy, Colin Singleton (a name that makes you wonder “is this guy going be behave after his last name”, which he luckily isn’t because that would’ve just been ridiculously transparent and dull), who has a very specific taste in girls. They have to be named Katherine. Not Katie, not Katherina, just Katherine. In fact, in his life, he has dated 19 girls named Katherine. And all of them have dumped him.
Collin isn’t just a nerd. He’s a prodigy. But, like most prodigies, he has yet to achieve the level of genius. Since he has been groomed for this his entire life, it’s his main goal in life. But that changes when he gets dumped by yet another Katherine (the aforementioned 19th), he gets his equivalent of a eureka-moment, and his “funny, lazy, Judge Judy-obsessed Muslim” friend Hasam Harbish pulls him into a road-trip to get him out of the crazy dip that his last love left him in.
On their trip, Collin mostly tries to figure out his genius theorem. He’s creating, from scrap, a function meant to “determine the curve of any relationship based on several factors of the personalities of the two people in a relationship,” to make any relationship predictable with ups and downs and who is going to dump who.
When they end up at the “burial spot” for “archduke Franz Ferdinand” (quotation marks used here to mock these two terms as neither of them are true), they meet a girl named Lindsey Lee Wells, and they get a job at a factory that produces the little strings that are used for tampons (owned by Lindsey’s mother). That’s where Colin’s theorem is proven right, proven wrong, old habits die yet remain in place, and Hassan still remains a virgin. (excuse me for the vagueness but I don’t like to do spoilers.)
The book is, to put it simply, hilarious but also interesting. While it’s a typical John Green book in the way that it’s easy to keep reading and continue with the story, it’s also a typical John Green book in the way that there’s always an underlying thought, a moral, or just a joke hidden somewhere. I would advise reading it, and reading it again a month later, just to be amazed with the seemingly non-existent depth in this book.
Not only are the characters very well-rounded, they also work together in a way that’s generally enjoyable to read. Everything that happens in this book, however unlikely it may be in any realistic realm of existence, is completely believable while reading about it. Everything the book describes, is described in the way it would be observed by a neurotic teenager.
And, as an added bonus, the theorem created by Collin is actually in the book, explained in a footnote that takes up most of the page for those with lesser math skills, to actually calculate the longevity of your own relationships!