I love both the name and the premise of An Abundance of Katherines . Child prodigy Colin Singleton had high hopes for himself, wanting to leave an indelible mark on the world with his brilliance. As he finishes high school he fears his own mediocrity and questions his worth. Part of his downfall has been the string of 18 Katherines that mark his relational history. He swears he doesn't do it on purpose, but he only dates Katherines. His friend Hassan drags him on a road trip to pull him out of his paralyzing depression. During that summer, Colin strives to prove his brilliance by creating an accurate relational predictor, based on a mathematical equation derived from all the Katherines in his life. Genius concept. I love the sheer, convoluted, nerdy hopefulness of Colin and his ridiculous plan.
Also, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book, 2007
Looking for Alaska is Green's darkest novel, in my opinion. Though this is many people's favorite Green novel -- it wasn't mine. Though the intrigue and depth of Alaska Young was heartbreakingly irresistible, this one was harder for me to fully dive into. Perhaps there was more angst than I could handle; too much time spent trying to corrupt newbie boarding school student, Miles Halter, while I silently begged him to stay innocent. But Green's writing is always worth the read -- full of beauty and intellect and unforgettable metaphor...and just plain awesome writing.