Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

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Cover image is from Goodreads.

My Synopsis:
Colin has a thing for girls named Katherine. Not C-a-t-h-e-r-i-n-e, Katherine. But somehow, all 19 of them has dumped him. Every single one. So, he takes a hilarious road trip with his friend Hassan in tow. There’s no destination; he just wants to ease his pain. But, Colin, being the prodigy that he is, decides to try developing a mathematical theorem to predict all the possible outcomes of his relationships, or better yet, all relationships on general.

It’s a John Green book; you know it’s going to be humorous and quick. This is definitely a short and quick summer read. But, that doesn’t mean I think this is the most entertaining book. It didn’t make me laugh out loud. Besides Hassan and his, well, personality, a lot of the humor just comes from the situation. This math nerd somehow managed to find and date 19 Katherine’s, and they all dumped him. But at some points that just became a little too ridiculous.

One thing that is cool, though, is the book’s epilogue. It is an explanation as to how all the math work Colin schemes up actually works, written by a real math expert. But I’m not a math genius, so I can’t say I truly understood this theorem. Props to you though, John Green.

There’s not much else to say here. It’s a beach read for sure, but nothing extraordinary.

Rating time!
Finishing the Book: 1/2 stars
It’s hard not to finish a book this short. However, I kind of wanted to finish it so I could read my other books…
Originality: 2/2 stars
I can’t say I’ve read a book where a math geek dates 19 girls with the same name.
Entertainment: 1/2 stars
So, so. I expected a little more.
Characters: 1/2
I loved Hassan. He was hilarious and all around a nice unique chatacter. Colin was OK, but he needs to stop the anagramming madness!
Writing Quality: 1/2 stars
Nothing too literary here.

Verdict
6/10 stars

Who should read it? Teens and tweens will enjoy it. I doubt this is a book any adult who reads YA, though, is going to lunge for. There are better beach reads.

Do you recommend any other John Green books? I don’t want to give up after just one book I felt iffy about. Let me know in the comments what you think! 🙂

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August TBR!!

The word August should not be in my vocabulary yet. But, as is the book blog tradition, I’m going to tell you a few books I hope to read and/or finish in August.

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

I included this in a recent Friday’s Finds post and I finally have it! Yay for libraries!

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Old School by Tobias Wolff
I have to read this for my English class but in case you wanted to know what it is about, here is the Goodreads description.

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Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

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Like a crazy person, I’ve been purposely trying to read this in little bits. It’s impossible. This is not the kind of trilogy you read over time. You want to read it as fast as possible, because it is that good. I even tweeted at Beth Revis how much I was loving this book and she retweeted it and even replied! (I had a fangirl moment when that happened. I’m still fangirling, actually. Can you hear it?) Therefore, I’m finishing this ASAP. I must know what is going to happen next. But in case it is August by the time I do, I threw it in here.

Other books I may or may not read
Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Just because a book isn’t in this post, doesn’t mean I won’t read it this month! If you have any recommendations for me, let me know in the comments below!

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Friday Finds!

In Friday’s finds I will be posting about books I’ve discovered in the past week that sound or look interesting to me that I have recently added to my tbr list.

I’ve been looking to try a non-middle grade graphic novel so my ears perk up whenever I hear or read about one. Ones that I am particularly interested in are The Boxers and Saints graphic novel set by Gene Luen Yang. Here is a screenshot from the first book’s Good reads page.

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What is even more intriguing about the set is to my knowledge they both tell the same story but from two different perspectives.

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I figured I’d be going a little out of my comfort zone reading this duo- it’s summer, why not challenge yourself?

I also came across Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan. This one definitely sounds up my alley!
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Plus, look at the cover!! (Another good reads screenshot- not my image!)
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What books have you found this week? Let me know!

And psst… Wanna know what I am currently reading?
https://booksandpalettes.wordpress.com/currently-reading/

Review: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My memories were dangerous but they were also the key to the truth.

Sam and Cassie both disappeared together, but only one of them returns. But although Sam has returned, there is not much of a celebration. Because while she is there, her memories are not. All she has is the evidence of her trauma; she is covered in bruises and blood and has suffered a complex concussion that has given her temporary amnesia. She tries to reconnect with who she is told were her friends, her boyfriend, and her parents, but she comes to realize that nobody can really be trusted. To make matters worse, threatening notes begin finding their way into her room and her locker. Everyone starts to think she is the murderer; but is she? Can she even trust herself?

And, excuse my language, but holy mother of plot twists. Get ready for an unexpected ending. I cannot even tell you guys how much I adored this book! I need more Jennifer L. Armentrout books in my life.

My rating system, as you will see below, is out of 10 stars. However, I reserve a half star in case I think a book deserves it due to losing a star or so in another category. As always, my reviews are 100% honest and spoiler- free. For more reviews, check my Goodreads page, where everything is rated on a traditional 5/5 star basis.

10 out of 10 Stars

Finishing the book: 2/2 stars.
Originality: 1.5/2 stars

Entertainment: 2/2 stars

Connecting with the characters: 2/2 stars

Writing quality: 2/2 stars.

I’m going to use my extra .5 of a star because I truly believe this book deserves all 10 stars. This is my first Jennifer Armentrout novel but I’m certain it won’t be my last. (The Dead List comes out in 2015 and I will get my paws on that book as soon as I can!!)