An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

In his much-anticipated debut novel, Hank Green—cocreator of Crash Course, Vlogbrothers, and SciShow—spins a sweeping, cinematic tale about a young woman who becomes an overnight celebrity before realizing she's part of something bigger, and stranger, than anyone could have possibly imagined.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 ...


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TitleAn Absolutely Remarkable Thing
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Release DateSep 25th, 2018
PublisherDutton
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary, Audiobook, Adult, Lgbt, Mystery, Adult Fiction, Fantasy
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Reviews An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

  • شيماء ✨
    2018-10-04
    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....
  • Christine Riccio
    2018-10-08
    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
    2018-11-10
    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...
  • Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
    2018-10-31
    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 ...
  • Ariel
    2018-12-13
    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)
    2018-11-01
    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 😫
  • Tammy
    2018-07-06
    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...
  • Maxwell
    2018-10-12
    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.
  • Larry H
    2018-12-30
    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
    2017-09-20
    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...
  • Melissa Rochelle
    2018-08-07
    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
    2018-11-06
    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...
  • Sol ~ TheBookishKing
    2018-10-06
    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...
  • Hamad
    2018-10-14
    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.
    2018-11-13
    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
    2018-07-27
    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...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    2018-11-01
    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...
  • Telthor
    2018-09-24
    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...
  • Mari
    2018-10-18
    In the spirit of full disclosure, I work part-time for a company Hank Green owns. I bought this book for myself, however, with a preorder that predated the job.After I got the book on my Kindle, I decided to splurge and buy the audiobook and I'm so happy that I did. Kristen Sieh did a great job as April May and the tone of this book is so conversational that I think it was best read aloud. I think I also benefited from putting that distance betwe...
  • Billie
    2018-05-29
    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...
  • Joce (squibblesreads)
    2018-10-29
    I was really excited for this book because a few friends of mine (both in the book community and irl) went to his signing events and enjoyed his commentary and his presence, and they said I would enjoy this. I listened to 100% of it on audio.The tone reminded me so much of Ready Player One, which was interesting because RPO has a male narrator and here we have April May, who is a young adult woman. The best way I can describe this similar tone is...
  • jv poore
    2019-02-12
    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.
  • Vitor Martins
    2018-10-11
    eu não sabia muito bem o que esperar desse livro e o que eu encontrei aqui, definitivamente, me surpreendeu muito. eu passei boa parte da leitura com BIRRA da protagonista e dos personagens secundários que me pareciam rasos demais, mas conforme a narrativa foi me dando as peças que eu precisava pra entender a mensagem da minha maneira, fui ficando fascinado pelas ideias malucas de hank green. assim que eu terminei a última página (berrando),...