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.

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Weetzie Bat

I went to the library yesterday to pick up a stack of books and get back to my books-to-read-in-your-20s list. I only have about 13 months to complete this list, so the pressure is on!

This morning I laid on the couch with the dogs and read Weetzie Bat by Francisca Lia Block. I needed a quick read to get back on track, and at 70 pages, this YA book was the perfect choice. I kept wondering why this was on the list, but it did not take me long to sort that out.

Weetzie Bat lives in a whimsical Los Angeles where she lives her unconventional life. She finds a good friend in Dirk, has an interaction with a genie, and eventually finds happiness. Each of the characters in this book go about life in their own way, not judging, but accepting each other’s flaws, abilities, and quirks. Ultimately, they all love each other and the life they built together.