An Abundance of Katherines was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Honour book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The contemporary novel gives the readers an opportunity to realise that geniuses do not have everything in the world, especially not love. Colin heads out on a road trip with his overweight, Judge Judy- loving friend Hassan. Along with attempting to find love, Colin realises that life is much more than just being smart, as he meets the love of his life Lindsey. The story also follows a main theme of the unpredictability of love and how it could never be calculated. Colin is able to give us a “real-life” example, as he creates a formula to calculate love. The result of this is him figuring out that no matter how many variables you but in, love is always unpredictable, which is how it should be. Colin has the ability to give us the opportunity to relate to the book and does it in a spectacular way, whether it is love, school or friendships, this book has it all.
Colin plays a big role in the theme of the book, as he is deeply affected by his most recent relationship, Katherine no.19. His geeky character contributes to the plot, as he tells us that there is an astounding difference between a prodigy and a genius. The lines are as follows, “Prodigies can very quickly learn what other people have already figured out; geniuses discover that which no one has ever previously discovered. Prodigies learn; geniuses do”(10, Green). His decision for the field trip to Tennessee, was dependent of his low self-esteem in his intelligence , as he constantly reminds us about how he is “wasted-potential”. This dialogue between the father of Colin and his son, gives us evidence in terms of the low self-esteem of Colin, “It pains me to say this, Colin, but if you wish to continue to grow intellectually, you need to work harder right now than you ever have before. Otherwise, you risk wasting your potential.”(12, Green)
At the conclusion of the book, Colin was able to create a promising formula to calculate the longevity of a relationship. Yet Colin realises that his most recent relationship with a girl named Lindsey was going to end after four days. During the fourth day, Colin was not dumped, and realises that love is always unpredictable. This is evident by the lines of a dialogue between Colin and Lindsey, “I realise the future is unpredictable”(214, Green). Colin’s development as a character from a person who believed that everything was calculable to a person who just wants to live life to his fullest, gives us huge motivational in our real lives.
During the middle of the book, Hassan was probably the only friend who supported Colin, this tells us that during a time of adversity, friendship is the only thing that will help you survive over that period of time. As a person who has gone through a lot of adversity, whether it is completing a test that determines the next 20 years of your life or studying for a big assessment. My friends are always there for me, to help me, guide me or encourage me. Hassan has been a huge benefactor for the character development of Colin and has been one of main characters in this novel.
Overall, Colin and Hassan has played a huge role in the theme of the book and gives us a relatable character that we can all learn from.