I've read The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns by John Green previously and thoroughly enjoyed both of them. So I was expecting quite a lot from An Abundance of Katherines.
I was, therefore, disappointed when it didn't 'grab' me straight off.
I found Colin annoying more than endearing and the dialogue with his friend, Hassan seemed forced rather than funny. And I can't begin to tell you how much I hated their use of the word 'fug'.
I almost gave up.
But then on pg 119 Lindsay asks the boys, "Hey, why the fuck do you and Hassan say fug all the time?"
And it turns out that they had a very good reason - I just wish the revelation hadn't come past the halfway mark!
This is not as good as Green's other books, but it still has lots of great things to say about relationships, life viewed through teen eyes and growing up.
Perhaps it's having a child prodigy as your lead?
Not many readers can identify with that. And it certainly takes a long time to warm to Colin.
Whereas, Green's other books have likeable protagonists that could be anyone, anywhere.
An Abundance of Katherines contains swearing, sexual references and one sex scene. It also contains maths equations, footnotes & an appendix!
It also counts as a book for my TBR Pile Challenge, Eclectic Reader Challenge, Literary Explorations Reading Challenge & What's In A Name Challenge.