Colin Singleton, a once child prodigy, has had 19 girlfriends all named Katherine and he's been dumped by each and everyone one of them. One the day after his high school graduation, after his 19th painful "I think the problem is us" breakup speech, Colin's best friend Hassan takes him on a thoughtless road trip to take his mind off the most recent Katherine.
The duo ends up in the tiny town of Gutshot, TN, the final resting place of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Due to strange circumstances, the locals try to persuade them to stay for the summer. Since there are no Katherines in sight, the two boys settle in for the summer to interview textile workers, and, in Colin's case, come up with a mathematical formula for predicting the end result of a romantic relationship--which he hopes will finally take him from prodigy status to genius level and make him SOMEBODY.
This book has a little bit of everything to keep the reader interested: adventure, humor, math, verbal games, little-known historical facts, and humorous tales of boy/girl relationships. I thought that the characters were fun and quirky and true-to-life teenaged characters. I really enjoyed the anagrams and footnotes that were sprinkled throughout the novel to help the reader understand what was going on.
An Abundance of Katherines is about many things: Friendship; Family; Relationships; Heartbreak; Math. But most importantly, it was a laugh-out-loud funny story of one boy's physical and metaphorical journey to find himself and cope with what he finds.
Recommended by Brandy Walton