In “An Abundance of Katherines,” Green writes yet another phenomenal fictional story with an enticing plot full of twists and engrossing characters that are easily relatable. Green has an extraordinary ability to create personalities that every teenager will find an attribute to relate to. He introduces the main character, Colin Singleton, very subtly though manages to make him a sophisticated character. I think Green successfully reveals the thoughts that run through Colin’s exceptionally complex mind through third-person view. Furthermore, the use of footnotes throughout the novel helps to reveal hilarious and random thoughts that enter Colin’s mind, making this novel all the more better to read.
A major theme in the first quarter of this novel was that as a part of one’s struggle to identify himself, one may experience various emotions in his teenage years. Colin wants to matter in the world, as first revealed in chapter 2, when he tells his friend Hassan, a “rather fat, hirsute guy of Lebanese descent” (8) about being dumped by Katherine XIX. As a result, Colin attempts to formulaically solve his relationship problems, believing that there is an equation to everything. Because of this, I begin to feel pity for Colin. He feels that the only way to prove why he has been dumped a number of times is through discovering a mathematical equation. He evidently lacks self-confidence, social skills, common sense, and the ability to connect on an emotional level.
To find this “equation,” Colin embarks on a road trip with Hassan. Although I greatly enjoy reading the humorous moments that occur on Colin and Hassan’s road trip, I sometimes think that the plot is a little unrealistic. It was interesting that Colin’s parents even let their child prodigy son who has just been dumped for the 19th time to leave for the entire summer with Hassan, who seems like a pretty unreliable person considering he would rather stay at his parents’ house to watch TV than to attend college. Not only is Colin heading on this road trip as an emotionally unstable teenager, but he and Hassan have no direction in this trip.
I think simply the fact that Colin is leaving everything behind for the summer just to try and forget about a previous relationship is very unusual; however, this is what piques my interest and makes me want to continue reading as Colin and Hassan embark on many more adventures.