With An Abundance Of Katherines, our main character Colin is a child prodigy / wannabe genius – and the entire book is filled with interesting facts (such as how each of our showers are a vortex), however, I felt almost overwhelmed with the information, and I disliked the way we as an audience were always drifting and shifting off course, instead of staying on the straight road of the story.
To add on to the distractions of John’s writing, I have to say although his annotations were funny and sometimes needed, they were often too long, or of not as much use as they could have been. It also meant I would lose where I was on the page, leaving me to reread many lines several times.
The amount of maths in the book also annoyed me. Close to the beginning, John expresses that there will be no more ‘math’ after page 59 (according to my edition of this book) – THIS IS A LIE. THERE IS STILL ‘MATH’ AFTER PAGE 59 YOU SNEAKY POO HEAD. It’s not even as if I hate maths, I usually enjoy it – but we’re working with a genius character here, and I am certainly not a genius.
I found the general storyline predictable; the only thing that surprised me was the link between Katherine-1 and Katherine-19 (sorry if that was a spoiler). In any case, I found the story boring, and the only reason I carried on reading was I hate to leave a book I've started reading, unfinished.
Unlike many of John’s books that I've previously read, I felt no deep connection with the characters. Sure, I understood how Lindsey felt growing up, I was inspired by Hollis and I laughed with Hassan, but I felt hardly any connection with Colin, and the majority of the other characters felt fake or cliché, or weren't focused upon for a large amount of time in the book.
So, overall, I feel almost let down by John after reading this book, it had a predictable story line, plastic characters, and maths. Although, at least now I can say ‘horse’s penis’ in Dutch (paardenlul), to insult someone without their knowledge (unless they speak Dutch, of course).