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An Abundance of Katherines: Quarter 3 Book Talk

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Riley Schlichte

on 25 February 2013

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John Green An Abundance of Katherines John Green Characters Conflict - wife Sarah and son Henry (another on the way) - Indianapolis, Indiana - Other novels: Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. Modern Realistic Fiction 215 pages - Brotherhood 2.0 and Vlogbrothers with brother
Hank Takes place in modern times
Could actually happen "When it comes to girls (and in Colin's case, it so often did), everyone has a type. Colin Singleton's type was not physical but linguistic: he liked Katherines. And not Katies or Kats or Kitties or Cathys or Rynns or Trinas or Kays or Kates or, God forbid, Catherines. K-A-T-H-E-R-I-N-E. He had dated nineteen girls. All of them had been named Katherine. And all of them- every single solitary one- had dumped him" (Green 15). Colin Singleton main character
17
tall and skinny
curly brown hair
Chicago, IL
very, very smart
loves to anagram things
just graduated
craves a "Eureka" moment
child prodigy
feels like he isn't a genius
theorem
predicts how long a couple would last
worried that he won't matter best (and only) friend: Hassan
puts his whole heart in a relationship
recently dumped
very depressed
roadtrip with Hassan
Gutshot, TN
won KranialKidz Did I like him? Yes, really nerdy.
I saw myself in him. Hassan Harbish
main character
19
Muslim
speaks Arabic and English
overweight
Colin's best friend
suggests the road trip
loves Judge Judy
calls Colin a sitzpinkler
(man who sits to pee)
smart, but not as smart as Colin
met Colin at their high school begins dating Katrina
she cheats on him Character vs. Nature Colin and Hassan vs. wild pig Colin and Hassan hunt for this pig very ferocious Did I like him? Yes, very funny (Lastufka). - Kenyon College - Orlando, FL - August 4th, 1977 Lindsey Lee Wells Setting - Chicago, IL
- Gutshot, TN
-modern times
- Hassan and Colin go on a roadtrip
- stay in Gutshot main character
17
lived in Gutshot whole life
brown hair
great smile
meets Colin and Hassan at her job
gives them a tour of the Archduke
Franz Ferdinand's grave
also a paramedic in training
really smart
dating another guy named Colin Did I like her? Yes, seemed very nice "She had the sort of broad and guileful
smile in which you couldn't help but believe- you just wanted to make her happy so you could keep seeing it. ... That smile could end wars and cure cancer" (Green 31-32). Hollis's daughter
doesn't want to leave
becomes good friends with Colin "And so it was not fate, but Colin Singleton's characters and passions, his mistakes and weaknesses, that finally brought him to Gutshot, Tennessee- POPULATION 864, as the roadside sign read" (Green 29). Hollis Wells minor character
Lindsey's mother
loves pink
overweight
president and CEO of the factory in Gutshot
gives Colin and Hassan jobs
recognizes Colin from KranialKidz
sad
company is going under Did I like her? Yes, she's very funny and nice Katherine Carter minor character
blonde hair
blue eyes
recently dumped Colin
also known as K-19
first Katherine Colin dated
daughter of Colin's tutor
fascinated by Colin Did I like her? Yes and no, she sounded like a good person but she really broke Colin's heart Character vs. Self Colin vs. himself after K-19 breaks up with him feels like there's a hole in his gut battles with himself because he can't get over it Plot 1. Hassan comes over.
Colin just sitting on his floor.
Hassan suggests the road trip. 2. Colin and Hassan leave for the road trip.
arrive in Gutshot
view the Archduke Franz Ferdinand's grave
meet Lindsey 3. Hollis gives Colin and Hassan jobs.
They live with Lindsey and Hollis. 4. Hassan, Colin, Lindsey, and Lindsey's friends hunt for the wild pig.
Something very big happens, but I can't say it because it would ruin the ending.
Climax 5. Colin feels "not-unique in the very best possible way" (Green 215).
He struggled with this throughout the book
Resolution Point of View Third-person limited
not in "I" format
tells only Colin's thoughts "Colin had always preferred baths; one of his general policies in life was never to do anything standing up that could just as easily be done lying down. ... He did recognize, albeit faintly, that he was too long, and too big, for this bathtub- he looked like a mostly grown person playing at being a kid" (Green 3). Mood Empty After being dumped, Colin feels like there's a giant hole in his gut "And it felt like being stoned and sticked from the inside, a fluttering and then a sharp pain in his lower rib cage, and then he felt for the first time that a piece of his gut had been wrenched out of him"
(Green 40). Theme It's OK to not matter!! The whole book, Colin feels like he needs to do something in the world or he would just be a washed-up ex-prodigy.
Finally, in the end, he realizes that it's fine to just be a normal person.
Stated Did you like it?
Most definitely yes!
Why?
It was really funny and just an overall good book. What did you remember most?
When Colin told Lindsey the stories of all his ex-girlfriends.
Why?
It was really interesting to hear about all nineteen Katherines. What was your connection?
Colin's nerdiness
Why?
I've always been a nerd. I actually like reading and math, so I like that there was a book character who likes the same things. On a scale from 1-10, what would you give it?
9.5
Why?
It was a really good, interesting book. I actually learned some things from Colin. I loved Hassan's humor as well. "Colin's skin was alive with the feeling of connection to everyone in that car and everyone not in it. And he was feeling not-unique in the very best possible way"
(Green 215). This is a great way to end the book.
It wraps everything up really well. Riley Schlichte
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