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A World Full Of Katherines Essay

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Imagine only dating an individual group of people. Only falling in love with a specific type of person. John Green portrayed this in his book, An Abundance of Katherines, published by the Penguin Group in 2006. This publication is a fictional novel directed towards young adults. John Green has also written Looking for Alaska, Will Grayson, Paper Towns, and The Fault in Our Stars. An Abundance of Katherines was a success because of the detailed descriptions, the superior writing style, and the suspenseful cliffhangers.
Colin Singleton, a child prodigy, was fixated on only dating girls named Katherine. At only seventeen years of age, Colin had dated nineteen girls named Katherine, in a row. Not only had Colin’s life been revolved around Katherines, but also around becoming a genius. Furthermore, he wanted to create the Theorem of Underlying Katherine Probability, a theorem that would predict the future of a relationship that is meritorious. Colin wants to make a difference and find his place in the world. “I just want to do something that matters. Or be something that matters. I just want to matter” (Green 94).
Colin’s best, and only friend, was Hassan Harbish. Hassan is funny, lazy, and obsessed with Judge Judy. Colin and Hassan’s friendship consisted of Hassan always being the voice and Colin always had been the brains. However, after his last break up with Katherine number nineteen Colin became depressed. All he wanted to do was lay around and feel sorry for himself. Therefore, Hassan had to step in to commiserate with Colin, and he decided that Colin needed to get his mind straight again and forget all of his past relationships. To do so, Hassan suggested they both go on a road trip, and after persuading their parents for permission they headed out of town and away from their problems. With no real plan of where to go, they decided they would stop at places that interested them. They ended up in Gutshot, Tennessee, stopping to see the grave of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. They traveled a long, unpaved road and stopped at a place that would give a tour. While entering the building, they were welcomed by their tour guide, Lindsey Lee Wells, who seemed very aplomb. After introducing themselves, they began the tour and found out interesting things about each other. It turned out that Lindsey had much in common with Colin. When the tour had ended, Hassan and Colin met Lindsey’s mother, Hollis, who insisted the boys have dinner with them. However, what Hassan and Colin did not expect was for her to offer them jobs. The job would require them to go around the small town and interview people about what they thought about Gutshot, and Gutshot Textiles, Hollis’s factory. After giving each other nonverbal signals about whether or not to take the job, they finally accepted it. “They had decided to stay. Like it or not, Colin thought, road trips have destinations. Or at least his kind of road trip always would. And this seemed a fair end point…” (Green 64)....

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