Just like with Markus Zusak, I am insanely jealous of John Green. Looking For Alaska, his Printz-winning debut novel, is easily one of my favorite books off all time (JG is a master of dialogue). And now, JG had gone and written another brilliant book, An Abundance of Katherines.
I got a copy of the ARC from Brian Yansky, whom I think got a copy from Super Cool Editor Guy4. I devoured the book. In fact, I liked it so much, I spend all afternoon last week driving around fugging Austin just to get my hands on a fugging copy from fugging Borders5.
An Abundance of Katherines combines break-ups and math. Unfortunately, like the main character, Colin, I’m well versed in both subjects. JG wrote this one in third person, but after reading the novel, I totally get why he did so (it would have been pretty tough to subject the reader to all that time in Colin’s head). This novel isn’t as heavy as Alaska, but it’s just as fun, and the chase scene between Colin, Hassan, and the khanzeer6 could rival the chase scene in Alaska, with Pudge and the mother-fugging fox7. Now that I think about it, I think JG must have a thing for chase scenes involving animals. At least this time, the mc didn’t get bit on the ass by a swan.
I could spend a bunch of time telling you about the novel, but JG talks all about it on his website. In addition, he’s doing this whole blog tour thing, which is a brilliant idea. He was just on Sara Zarr’s8 site last week.
Rhombus, the novel that I just sold to Flux, is about a math tutor, so it was refreshing to see JG’s take on a novel where math is so prominent. Rhonda, my mc, isn’t quite the prodigy that Colin is, but she is pretty damn smart, and is very logical. One of my main revision tasks is to make sure that her math background shines through in the novel.
But, I can always talk about my books later. Go buy An Abundance of Katherines. It’s good. Really good.
1: Yes, there is a good reason that I used the word fugging.
2: Yes, this is supposed to be a footnote.
3: Yes, I know that the number for footnotes is supposed to be at the top of the word, but blogger won’t let me fugging format the text like I want to.
4: In the words of fellow Fluxonian/Fluxinite/Bad Mother Fluxer, Carrie Jones.
5: Incidentally, I believe that this Borders is the only bookstore in Austin still carrying Red Polka Dot, so I had to buy the book at that point.
6: Arabic for pig. Again, there’s a reason that I used Arabic.
8: Sara’s book, Story of a Girl, is on my must-read list for 2007.