An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship--like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor--April and her friend Andy make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day April wakes up to a viral video and a new...

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Title:An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
Author:Hank Green
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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck. This was SO. GOOD. SOOOOO GOOD. I love Hank so I was really worried that I wasn’t going to love it but WOW. What a phenomenal read. I need more NOW 😫

  • Christine Riccio

    I just finished An Absolutely Remarkable Thing and it was great!! I had so much fun flying through this book. My booktalk will be coming later this week, I'm excited to discuss with yall!

  • Tammy

    April May is the snarky, relationship wrecking narrator who is unwittingly catapulted into the dizzying heights of international fame upon being the first to discover a randomly named “Carl”. Initially thought to be an art installation, the Carls prove to be considerably more than visually striking. April becomes addicted to being first and staying first within the media both social and otherwise. At first glance this seems like a Young Adult novel and it will excite this audience but there is a

    April May is the snarky, relationship wrecking narrator who is unwittingly catapulted into the dizzying heights of international fame upon being the first to discover a randomly named “Carl”. Initially thought to be an art installation, the Carls prove to be considerably more than visually striking. April becomes addicted to being first and staying first within the media both social and otherwise. At first glance this seems like a Young Adult novel and it will excite this audience but there is a lot more going on than the plot might lead you to believe which makes it appealing to more mature readers. In addition to fame (its effects and aftermath), we take a look at gender (identification and fluidity), crowd behavior (physical as well as cyber), and the unification of humanity in order to solve a puzzle. This is a fantastical journey that leads one to an unexpected destination.

  • شيماء ✨

    Fortunate happenstance has led to me reading this book with absolutely no prior knowledge to what it was about. I’ve just grown tired with John Green romanticizing the white heterosexual nerd’s quest for the perfect woman whom they win by using the longest most pretentious words possible, and I was very curious to read his brother’s work.

    Frankly, I expected to tumble into this book dissonant and harsh in my criticism—but what do you know...

    (If you look really closely, there'

    Fortunate happenstance has led to me reading this book with absolutely no prior knowledge to what it was about. I’ve just grown tired with John Green romanticizing the white heterosexual nerd’s quest for the perfect woman whom they win by using the longest most pretentious words possible, and I was very curious to read his brother’s work.

    Frankly, I expected to tumble into this book dissonant and harsh in my criticism—but what do you know...

    (If you look really closely, there's probably a lesson here somewhere lol.)

    April May, a twenty-three-year-old bisexual art-school grad languishing in a Manhattan startup, inadvertently makes first contact with an alien when she happens upon a ten-feet tall Transformers-like sculpture. She calls her YouTuber bestfriend Andy and together they upload a faux-serious interview with the statue which they dub Carl, with no way of knowing that the curtain is about to rise on a drama of their own invention when the video goes exponentially viral and many Carls materialize in cities around the world.

    The unascertained intention of the Carls, enormous as it loomed, was not the only thing weighing on April’s mind. She is now a celebrity, hated and loved with equal ferocity, and when people start getting besieged by perplexing dreams of the Carls making, April takes upon herself the inconvenience of persuading everyone that the Carls are a peaceful entity and not whatever maleficent meaning many want to suit to their existence.

    April soon finds out that the fame that tied her to the Carls made the world—and maybe even her closest friends—love her a little less. Closeness to one, it seems, means distance from the other. And celebrity comes with a price.

    I pursued the plot blindly, like in a dream compelled by some great mysterious force to move forward. This is not a thriller by any means, and not what I'd call a page-turner. There was no urgency in my reading, no overwhelming desire to see what happens next—yet I found myself deeply engrossed and utterly content to spend more time with a story where the supernatural felt genuinely weird, a little off-putting, and entirely seductive. Hank’s simplistic and often overly conversational writing style is not for everyone, but it worked for me. It’s also full of lengthy passages of technical exposition about everything from physics to neurology, which can get too leaden at times, but I think Hank’s sheer joy in imparting these ideas beams through like a laser more often than not.

    Our protagonist, April May, is the narrator, and her first-person account is…full of personality. She’s what you would call "very unlikeable", but in the way an unlikeable character who doesn’t soften up or sugarcoats the less than pleasant aspects of their personalities and with whom you can—to your great horror—assimilate would be. Her character is lackadaisically wry, flawed, potentially unreliable, but at the core benevolent and well-intentioned and always immensely engaging.

    Sure, I grappled with the impulse to yell at her countless times when her selfish confidence pushes past refreshing and well into repellent and puts everyone around her in danger. But I understood the extraordinary dread of desperately wanting to be a part of something extraordinary and watching the opportunity slip through your fingers. I also felt for her when everyone begun to strip away everything she was until it was small enough to fit into the story they’ve made up about her. More than anything—and I hate to admit this—I’ve come to realize that the things I disliked about her were things I disliked about myself: the unnameable need to be

    , the kind of selfishness that is putting up so many walls around yourself that you can’t see anyone or anything beyond your own problems, and sometimes being—for lack of an apter term—a spectacularily

    friend.

    But Hank not only weaves together a suspenseful tale of April's involvement with an alien sculpture and her quest to figure out its origin and intent, he also does so with sly social commentary, and, for me, that was the best part.

    Under the surface is a very forward and honest discussion about social media and the uncomfortable commodification of the self it perpetuates, and a reminder that a person’s online presence is only a fraction of their personhood, and how we all—knowingly or unknowingly—peddle out every profitable aspects of our personalities on the internet for the very attention most of us would hate to receive in real life. The insights Green drops in through his characters about the process of suddenly finding oneself to be internet famous are also sharp and perfect. Especially how trying to find yourself through your feed and measuring your self-esteem on likes and comments eventually creates an alternate version of yourself that you can only attain at the price of laborious efforts, and that ultimately obfuscates your very sense of self and puts you between a fantasized—but not less real—you behind a screen, and the real you, who becomes more and more fictional.

    This book also hammers at social-media for glamourizing and rewarding the worst of human attributes (vanity, exaggerated self-importance, materialism, deception, envy, ostentation, narcissism, superiority, etc...) and conditioning people into believing that any of these traits are positive or favorable. Hank is serving some seriously scorching tea about social media, let me tell you.

    Which is why it’s difficult not to be disappointed by the book's second-half shift away from real relationships with clear and present stakes in favor of pursuing a meandering plot that builds up to what I think was a trite ending, but it's a disappointment experienced mostly in retrospect because, as it turns out, this is not a standalone. And I'm really intrigued to see where and how this story unfolds.

    Moreover, This book was quite frankly more diverse than any of John Green's books [insert the I SAID WHAT I SAID gif meme]: April is bisexual and her girlfriend Maya is a sapphic black woman. Hank also calls out white privilege and bi-erasure.

    Overall, this was quite a riveting, witty book, and I was thoroughly absorbed!

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  • Zoë

    I'm honestly still in shock. I went into this book quite skeptically as this is Hank Green's debut coupled with the fact that I don't tend to gravitate towards sci-fi.

    HOWEVER.

    This was such a whirlwind of a book! I didn't research this book before starting (which I'd recommend - just read it), so it took a little bit to get my footing in the story. After that, though WOW. Constant twists, turns, and a mystery that keeps unfolding. I simply

    to keep reading to figure out what was up with

    I'm honestly still in shock. I went into this book quite skeptically as this is Hank Green's debut coupled with the fact that I don't tend to gravitate towards sci-fi.

    HOWEVER.

    This was such a whirlwind of a book! I didn't research this book before starting (which I'd recommend - just read it), so it took a little bit to get my footing in the story. After that, though WOW. Constant twists, turns, and a mystery that keeps unfolding. I simply

    to keep reading to figure out what was up with Carl.

    But I think my favorite aspect were the two discussions about fame as well as mistrust of change/"outsiders." The first topic was especially interesting to me as it was written by an online creator and, being one myself (though a much smaller one), I could semi-relate to it.

    Despite my excitement for this story, I had to dock off a little because I felt like Hank Green's writing from a woman's perspective felt a

    off. I also felt like the supporting characters could have been fleshed out more, but maybe that was purposeful as April is a wee bit self-centered.

    Anyway, catch me first in line for the sequel!

  • Tucker (The Library Reader)

    Publisher: So Hank you want to write a book?

    Hank: Yes, my brother wrote a bunch which means that I can to!

    Publisher: What do you want it to be about.

    Hank: I want to write a book about aliens.

    Publisher: So like the 5th wave.

    Hank: Kind of but let's remove all the violent parts.

    Publisher: So like E.T.?

    Hank: The alien won't actually talk or interact with the humans. Oh, and he won't be a living thing. He'll just be a big hunk of metal but we'll call him an alien.

    Publisher: What about the main charac

    Publisher: So Hank you want to write a book?

    Hank: Yes, my brother wrote a bunch which means that I can to!

    Publisher: What do you want it to be about.

    Hank: I want to write a book about aliens.

    Publisher: So like the 5th wave.

    Hank: Kind of but let's remove all the violent parts.

    Publisher: So like E.T.?

    Hank: The alien won't actually talk or interact with the humans. Oh, and he won't be a living thing. He'll just be a big hunk of metal but we'll call him an alien.

    Publisher: What about the main character?

    Hank: So she'll discover the alien and then make a video about it which will go viral but let's make the main character super awkward and cringey.

    Hank: Also, our main character will be bisexual so we can call our book diverse without actually going into the subject at all.

    Hank: And we will have a love triangle. And a butler.

    Publisher: Well, usually readers hate love triangles but it doesn't really matter because whatever you write will sell because your famous.I

    Hank: Oh, and one more thing! I'm going to write it so that the reader won't be able to tell when the exposition ended and the actual story starts.

    Hank: *Whispers* There actually isn't really going to be a plot just a bunch of random scenes that are boring but kind of make sense.

    Publisher: Sounds great! Let's do it!

    Hank: Great! I'm going to start writing.

    Hank: One more thing, let's make the cover really pretty so we can trick the reader into thinking it's a good book.

    Publisher: I'll have the cover department work on that!

    Hank: Oh, one more random thing. Let's spell 'okay' as 'ok' and put it in all caps so it looks like the character is screaming.

    Publisher: We'll call it An Absolutely Remarkable Thing which are spells out AART so the readers subconsciously think this book is art.

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)

    *I'm going to mull this over before I review/rate it because I've bounced around A LOT*

  • Nick

    Okay where is my crash course squad?

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    WOW! This was excellent! I honestly went into it very skeptical, but I am leaving this feeling super satisfied with every aspect of this story. I'm so happy that there's going to be a sequel, because that ending left me hanging! It was the ONLY thing I wasn't satisfied with.

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