Disclaimer: Some of the books that win this award will not have been read by me on planes; they are just books that I believe would be good company on a plane. Just sayin’.
To be honest, today’s Plane-Read was going to be Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami, but I changed my mind last minute. Dance Dance Dance was the last book that blew my mind. But there’s a new book now and the new book is just… something else. I don’t know if any of you have guessed this already, but my John Green novels came yesterday and I finished reading An Abundance of Katherines today! It’s 2.41 in the morning and I just had to get this review out while it was fresh in my mind.
This is an ordinarily-themed book about a child prodigy who is afraid of turning out ordinary as an adult and he’s desperate to do something, anything, unique so that he can matter. Run of the mill, coming of age stuff, you know? Oh yeah, except the said prodigy has dated 19 girls by the age of 17 and all of them are named Katherine. Intrigued?
I actually could not put it down and I cut short my night-time talking-on-the-phone ritual to finish it. Yeah, I’m a big talker. I’m an only child and I hate being alone so I make the best of technology and talk to people on the phone. Very frequently. For hours. I’ve had people fall asleep while talking to me on the phone far too often.
But you know what they say: there’s no better company than the company of books! (I don’t know if they actually say this, whoever they are, but I firmly believe they ought to.) Anyway, books are the best company, especially if you’re stuck on a plane. And especially this one. I don’t want to reveal much about the story because every page in this book is an adventure. It’s amazing because it isn’t extraordinary. Well, at least the story isn’t. I truly believe that the novel is brilliant because of its very simplicity. Of course I’m perfectly aware that this is a book for young adults and at almost-21, I’m officially a full-blown adult (Boo. 😦 ) but John Green has succeeded in making me enjoy this by not talking down, by being honest and by being intelligent. It’s such a sweet and very real book. Please read it.
So, congratulations, An Abundance of Katherines! You have gone down down in history as the very first book to receive this prestigious award! Just as I intended it! Woot!
I’m reading Looking for Alaska next. ^_^