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An Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of Katherines

by John Green

An Abundance of Katherines Analysis

Literary Devices in An Abundance of Katherines

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Setting

Most of the book takes place in a small Hicksville town called Gutshot. Colin and Hassan are from the Windy City, and only really stop in Tennessee because they see a sign for the grave of the Arch...

Narrator Point of View

This story might belong to Colin, but we've got a narrator around to be our personal tour guide through his mind. Good thing too, since Colin likes to zone out of a conversation and take a little t...

Genre

This one's kind of a no-brainer: Colin, Hassan, and Lindsey are all teenagers who are looking for their way in life. Colin may be dealing with all the ups and downs of being a child prodigy, but he...

Tone

Get ready with your best comebacks, because An Abundance of Katherines is told with some major edge. It's not dark or anything—it's just got a know-it-all attitude when it comes down to it. It is...

Writing Style

Did you notice how we only learn what happened between Colin and the Katherines in pieces throughout the book? That's because the novel is written with in a non-linear style, meaning it doesn't go...

What's Up With the Title?

This title is pretty straightforward considering there are a bunch (nineteen to be precise) of Katherines who date Colin throughout his life. John Green actually came up with the title before he wr...

What's Up With the Ending?

In the end, Colin pretty much rides off into the sunset with Lindsey and Hassan. But before you go all eye-rolling on us, check out the last line in the book: "And he was feeling not-unique in the...

Tough-o-Meter

Let's face it: not all of us are child prodigies like Colin. Sure, we understand what's going on in his love life (probably better than he does) and we totally get his road trip with his buddy afte...

Plot Analysis

Colin Gets Dumped… Again After Colin is dumped by a girl named Katherine for the nineteenth time, he mopes around at home in a constant cycle of weeping, wallowing, and whining. He doesn't get wh...

Trivia

John Green left it to the fans to design the cover, and held a contest where fans were able to submit a design for the cover of An Abundance of Katherines. (Source.) Why Katherine? Well, it's as s...

Steaminess Rating

It's obvious we're going to get some steaminess when we learn that Colin's obsessed with talking about his main squeeze, Katherine. After all, what usually happens when you throw together two mutua...

Allusions

The Missing Piece (3.40) Don Juan (8.21) Shakespeare (9.90) The Catcher in the Rye (9.90) Naked and the Dead (12.26)Seymour: An Introduction (18.10) Huckleberry Finn (19.60...
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