An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, #1) by Hank Green

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, #1)

The Carls just appeared.Roaming through New York City 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 c...

Details An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, #1)

TitleAn Absolutely Remarkable Thing (An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, #1)
Release DateSep 25th, 2018
GenreFiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary

Reviews An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, #1)

  • Chaima ✨ 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....
  • Tucker
    Publisher: So Hank you want to write a book?Hank: Yes, my brother wrote a bunch which means that I can too!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...
  • 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!
  • Zoë
    4.5/5I'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 h...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    This was actually a pretty interesting sci-fi!I'm always reluctant to read any book with a "youtube star" because it's usually badly done but since the author does videos himself everything turned out fine.It's a very interesting take on the whole "first contact with aliens" but also on social media.Would recommend.
  • Ariel
    OH MAN. What a dang read. Shoot peeps. This one hit me really hard. It was one of those books where the second I finished it all I wanted to do was read it again.So I will. Soon. And you should too.
  • 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 😫
  • Maxwell
    Meh. It had a really cool plot but I hated the writing style. And that ending made it even worse for me. I did not realize this would be part of a series when I picked it up so I was expecting a satisfying ending, and it did not deliver for me. Bummer.
  • 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...
  • Larry H
    It was 2:45 in the morning, and April May was walking home in New York City after a long night of working. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw it:"A ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor, its huge barrel chest lifted up to the sky a good four or five feet above my head. It just stood there in the middle of the sidewalk, full of energy and power. It looked like it might, at any moment, turn and fix that empty, regal stare on ...
  • Haley
    Upon Announcement:I CAN'T WAAAAIT!After Reading:So I am giving this four stars for now, even though it is possible it is a 3/3.5-star book. I really loved everything it had to say and the way in which it said it, and I thought it was a highly original and well-written story, but I was confused and unimpressed by the ending. (That being said, given the premise of the book, I would like to point out the irony of this being easily my most-liked revi...
  • Lola
    This book has rekindled my interest in the Science Fiction genre which, after so many past disappointments, was not an easy thing to do. But feeling indifferent about this story was close to impossible, especially with a narrator like April May who enjoys speaking directly to the reader, thus encouraging us to feel involved in whatever happens. I was also rather curious about the ‘‘Carls,’’ these impressive and mysterious sculptures found...
  • Sol ~ TheBookishKing
    Buddy Read with Fellow Cardan the Furry Enthusiast "Carl is not a possible thing, and yet there he is, guarding the Chipotle, leading people to conclude that he was not created by humans." So ... just like I thought ... Trash.I went in to this with semi high hopes as everyone says that Hank Green is the Better Brother due to the fact that John just keeps putting out Not So Great Books. There was tons of hype around this book that I was gladly not...
  • Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
    DNF @ 75% It’s not you it’s me, Book. RTC ——————*puts on spectacles*TIME TO IMAGINE A ROBOT COMPLEXLY 🤖 ...I knew it! I still listen to Hank and John Green's podcast, and a few episodes ago Hank teased an announcement. Totally nailed it with my guess it was going to be a book! Love both the brothers and the impact they've had on Internet culture. Hank is especially well-spoken and enthusiastic about so many important things, ca...
  • 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...
  • Anne
    Actual rating: 3.75 🌟'sI initially gave this book 5 stars, because I had such an amazing time reading it and was so incredibly surprised by Hank Green's writing talent. It's hard to believe that this is his debut novel! The writing style was super easy to read and the teenagers actually talked like teenagers. It's nice to know that there are authors out there, who don't insist on constantly using stupid slang to get someones youth across. I fo...
  • Hamad
    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription“Even on this most terrible days, even when the worst of us are all we can think of, I am proud to be a human.”🌟 One of the worst thing people can do and specially parents is comparing brothers/ sisters. Because Everybody is a genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid*drowning in deepne...
  • Mary S. R.
    5 ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE STARS! the most common pun, I know, I'm sorry—well, no, I'm not; because it's true. “Even on this most terrible of days, even when the worst of us are all we can think of, I am proud to be a human.” This book matters to me because, I guess, I've been waiting for something like this for a long time.Not just a book that dares take on an idea this grand and important, or a book that doesn't just bring aliens into the st...
  • 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...
  • Lori
    Cute and energetic, a miss for me, but I'm about to tell anyone to avoid it.
  • Telthor
    2.5, and I can't decide if I'm rounding up or down and have flipflopped like three times, but down because of all the memes. *insert very large shrug here*I hate the phrase "millennial humor" -- but I think that's what this book is. The sort of humor that fills tumblr to the brim. Where random phrases are CAPSLOCKED, and characters swear in new and interesting ways, and we throw memes around like confetti (including extremely dated ones, like "Hi...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    This is a story about identity, friendship, and the effects of sudden fame. The last being a common event in this age of information and social media. April, the main character, suddenly becomes internationally-famous when a video she made with a friend goes viral. We follow her through her journey.I picked up the book because I've enjoyed John Green's books in the past, specially TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN and THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. The author o...
  • Emer (A Little Haze)
    WowThis novel was incredibly fascinating. I'm actually really not sure how to review it. It's a contemporary meets science fiction meets social commentary on our world today and I loved every second of it!The story is just strange. No two ways about it. But it's strangeness is appealing and makes for a unique reading experience. It's about large robotic-like sculptures appearing overnight in 64 different locations across the world and humanity's ...
  • jv poore
    Is there anything Hank Green doesn't do well? I submit: there is not. April May's story is, quite truly, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. I heart Hank even harder than before.