I should have realized that by starting this excursion with (arguably) the longest challenge on the list (a trilogy), I was setting myself up for a slow start.
It also should have occurred to me that if I were to start with a trilogy, my finishing the challenge would be reliant upon the speed and accuracy of the United States Postal Service.
Long story short, I started An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.
It took me exactly a week to read, which is, on average, longer than any other John Green book has taken me. Mind you, I liked it more than Paper Towns and less than Looking for Alaska. I liked it MUCH less than The Fault in Our Stars, which is his best by far.
An Abundance of Katherines filled my “Book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet” quota.
Honestly, John Green’s style of writing is what I enjoy. The plot of the story matters little, so long as I can hear Green’s sarcastic, dry wit shining through within the text…and that’s what An Abundance of Katherines provided.
It’s a book about a child prodigy named Colin who doesn’t understand his purpose. He’s determined to “make history” in some fashion and not fade away into obscurity like several child prodigies do, failing to make the leap from child prodigy to adult genius. In an attempt to get over his most recent breakup (from his girlfriend, the 19th Katherine he has dated in his life), Colin and his friend Hassan decide to go on a road trip, ending up in a podunk city called Gutshot, TN where the two are given a job and a living space for the summer. Shenanigans ensue.
I enjoyed it. As I said previously, not my favorite John Green…but not the worst.
Now that I’ve finished it, I can return to my trilogy…which arrived in the mail two days ago.
Until next time,