An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

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 life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around...

Details An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

TitleAn Absolutely Remarkable Thing
Release DateSep 25th, 2018
GenreFiction, Young Adult, Contemporary, Science Fiction

Reviews An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

  • Hank
    I think I'm the only person here who has read this book, and I think it's pretty good. I hope you like it.
  • 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...
  • Melissa Rochelle
    I hate that people are calling this "young adult". It's not. Stop it with the inane labels that turn people off instead of bringing them in. The main character isn't even in high school OR college for that matter! This is a book for people that like to read quirky, pop-culture-filled, sci-fi-ish books -- those people might be 15 years old (and their parents don't mind them reading the occasional profanity). Maybe it's a late 20s human that also e...
  • Kales
    This was like a weird mix between READY PLAYER ONE, SIGNS and TASH HEARTS TOLSTOY. I feel like this is going to be one of those books that stays in my head for a while, rolls around a bit in tar, feathers, gum, jelly (see what I did there?) and muddy about until I figure out exactly how I feel about it. So this review might be a little rambley and will probably change.Admittedly, I picked up this book because it was written by Hank Green, John Gr...
  • Billie
    Well, that was a thing that I read. I mean, it was fun and I love a good cipher, but it was very...moral, wasn't it? Like, at the end, the message/moral (Good things happen when the whole world works together! And it's fun!) started getting in the way of the story. And April May, the protagonist—for as much as Green tries to dull her sparkle— is still a bit of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, with the added bonus of being the Chosen One because ev...
  • Kelsey
    Read on submission in one sitting. All I can say is all hail the Greens
  • Lindsey
    Immediate thoughts after finishing, sorry if this is disjointed. Excellent read. Great tone, great mystery, great build up. I read it in two days, couldn't put it down. The tone and overall story reminded me of The Oracle Year in a very different but awesome way - so if you liked that, you may like this. I loved both. The main character is going to be one that is love her or hate her, I happened to enjoy her character but I can see where others ...
  • Leah (Jane Speare)
    With the fortuitous combination of good timing and a photogenic personality, April May becomes a household name overnight when she films the appearance of a remarkable giant statue in New York City. Unbeknownst to her, this is one of dozens around the globe that appeared that day. April recounts her bizarre discovery in a series of crazy events which begin with her breaking up with her girlfriend, and end with an attempt on her life. Balancing sn...
  • Austen
    I'm so glad I got my hands on an ARC copy of Hank's book! I'm also glad that I had a day off this week, because I spent the whole time reading AART in one sitting. The first thing I'll say is that Hank did a great job at keeping the tension up--by the end of chapter 2 I was hooked.This is a book about a woman who finds a sort-of-robot, but really, I think it's a book about how easy it is to allow good intentions to lead to saviorism, and how huma...
  • Hope Decker
    First of all, April May is an awesome name for a character. And coincidentally, she ended up being a kick-ass character as well. And when I say kick-ass, I definitely don't mean perfect. In fact, most of the pain and suffering in this book was actually caused by April May. What I appreciated, though, was the perspective that she gave to the story, this larger than life story. April's story about the New York Carl and her role in the world-wide ph...
  • Jerry Lesperance
    i technically didn’t actually finish it. here’s why: the main character is annoying, the plot moves way too fast, the writing is lazy, and personally it’s just not my kind of book. i adore hank green from the bottom of my heart, but i think that he should stick to sci show, crash course, and of course the vlogbrothers. i never found myself wanting to keep reading this book. i would have to force myself and i hate it when i feel like i have ...
  • Aviva
    Got this as an advanced readers' copy from Hachette. (Ah, the perks of bookselling!) This is one of the many times I wish Goodreads allowed half stars, because I would give this book three and a half stars. It was a hard choice between three and four because I want to try to give this book an honest review based on the book itself and not be biased by my love of Hank Green! There are some things that I really liked about it; it is extremely reada...