An Abundance of Katherines

Good Morning!

Right before bed last night I finished An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. After a bit of a reading slump prior to picking up Circe, I wanted to read something quickly, so I dusted this pick off the shelf.

I do not read a lot of YA. However, I did read (and cry) and watch (and cry) The Fault in our Stars when it was all the rage a few years ago. After reading that I picked up Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines.

I knew the basic premise of the book before I picked it up (a teen who only dates girls named Katherine), but nothing more. And I have to be honest, I was not a big fan of this book. Like, I only gave it a 2 on Goodreads.

I did not really connect with any of the characters (teenage boys and rich people problems). Repeatedly I tried to channel myself as a teenager to see if I would have liked it more/connected better then, but I couldn’t make the leap.

Overall, I see what Green is doing and how his stories can connect to the YA audience. They swear a little, they talk about sex, Colin and his best friend have been through a lot together and actually tell each other how they feel, etc.

While this book wasn’t for me, I see why people enjoy it, and it really is pretty cool that the Theorum Colin works on is legitimate. I can certainly appreciate the time and energy that goes into a project like this.


Love Her Madly

I’m still blogging about my vacation reads from one month ago! I need to get these done and get reading!

Lover Her Madly by M. Elizabeth Lee is about two girls who quickly become best friends in college. They are drastically different – Cyn introduces Glo to a world of drugs and care-free living, and Cyn accepts Glo as she is. They fall for the same guy, and the situation explodes while they are on a trip together in Costa Rica. After one night of partying Cyn disappears.

I had mixed feelings about this book. Working in Higher Education, I always have an interested in fiction set on campus or about relationships between college students – it’s exciting to watch them grow, figure out who they are, and learn about others around them. However, I did not like Cyn. I found her manipulative and extremely frustrating. I also found parts of the story over the top and unrealistic. However, I really liked the writing and Cyn didn’t annoy me enough to put the book down (probably because I was waiting for Glo to get rid of her!), and once the mystery of Cyn’s disappearance picked up, I was hooked.

Happy Reading!