My friend Andrew (his awesome blog!) and I were talking about blogging last Wednesday, and I suspect he was trying to help me blog again, so we can up with the idea where we take a book we own, but haven’t read, and make up what the book should be based on the cover. A bit like the Huff Post article with the 6-year-old girl describing Animal Farm as “I think it’s about a donkey and a pig that do not like each other and they both live on a farm for animals. The same farm. It looks like it would be a funny book with a good really nice ending.”
My book this week is An Abundance of Katherines by the ever-talented John Green.
An Abundance of Katherines is based in the early 1920’s and starts with a group of women at a tea party. They wear fancy hats, large petticoat dresses and carry around umbrellas. Oh, and did I mention they are all named Katherine? Well, yes, it is the season for the name Katherine. As I was saying, the Katherines are drinking tea when suddenly, all the lights go out! They are plunged into darkness in the middle of the afternoon. It is very un-ladylike. But these Katherines do not lose their panties. Oh no, these Katherines decide to solve the mystery of the unnerving darkness. They get up to some hilarious hijinks including getting their bustles suck in window frames, losing their umbrellas and even having a very suitable, under-the-speed limit car chase. What will the Katherines get up to next? Will they solve the mystery of the daytime-night?
What An Abundance of Katherines is really about, as described on the blurb of the back cover…
19 Katherines and counting … When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.
On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a blood-thirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun – but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.