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The instant number-one New York Times best seller

In his much-anticipated debut novel, Hank Green - co-creator 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. Coming home from work at three a.m., 23-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship - like a 10-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 the world - everywhere from Beijing to Buenos Aires - and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight.

Now April has to deal with the pressure on her relationships, her identity, and her safety that this new position brings, all while being on the front lines of the quest to find out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us.

Compulsively entertaining and powerfully relevant, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing grapples with big themes, including how the social Internet is changing fame, rhetoric, and radicalization; how our culture deals with fear and uncertainty; and how vilification and adoration spring from the same dehumanization that follows a life in the public eye.  

The beginning of an exciting fiction career, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is a bold and insightful novel of now.

©2018 Hank Green (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Grape jelly in the void

This novel is funny, gutwrenching, charming, and couched comfortably in a familiar world despite being properly absurD. In this story Hank Green peeks existential dread through optimistic curtains and tracks the most relatable of human emotions through subtle sci-Fi landscapes. The story is compelling. The characTers are dimensional, lovaBle, and deeply relatable. I


This novel is very good And I highly recommend it.

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Incredible

This story was astounding! It was moving and vivid and, yes, #relatable. I started recommending it to friends and family before I’d even reached the halfway point.

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My first audio book

This was my first audio book, and this was an absolutely phenomenal experience. I listened during my hour long commute.

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Flawless Narration to a Truly Remarkable Book

Hank Green not only captures the current social media world perfectly, but also does the same with people. He manages to covey, explain but also never justify the actions of a 'caught up in fame' main character somehow managing to make you hate, feel sympathetic for and understand her actions all at once. Hank doesn't create a character, he creates a human, with all the complex and dumb thoughts and emotions we all have displayed in a very modern tale.

It frankly has the potential to become a very dated book, with social media platforms like Twitter , YouTube and Reddit being use candidly and without explanation, assuming that everyone reading can interpret without needing explanation. Instead of hinder, that only helps to elevate the story as even non-twitter users know and understand it's layout and basic rules.

But the story also needs a consistent story to follow and it is created with a mystery that is both as compelling as it is awesome. A world wide mystery that all who read it would feel pretty great being able to participate in. By mimicking the ideas of many projects that have existed it never feels off, in fact doing the opposite and feeling completely natural in a highly connected social media landscape.

But finally a shout needs to go out to Kristen Sieh, who narrates this book, the character of April May and all supporting characters with such emotion that it is hard not to think of them as real. Often a small line of dialogue will be said so well that the following description of "he sounded scared" is completely unnecessary. But the absolute best part is the amount of time between panicked words. On a page it will be separated by a few dots, but in this it is full seconds between crying, hushed words. It, combined with the completely open dialogue into April May's thoughts that Hank writes, makes Kristen Sieh's performance feel like you are simply listening to April May.

Hank Green has written a book so modern, real and raw, that if the starting events where to physically happen to our world, no one would be at all surprised if this is exactly how it played out.

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Holy Mackerel

It’s no secret that this Green is insanely talented, but what a writer!! So torn that it ended. More!!

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Fame meets modern social media meets sci-fi.

This is a book maybe for young people who like the cameras, media, and over inflated self personification.

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Bruhhhh

YEAH OKAY THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD. IT'S THOUGHTFUL AND ACTION-PACKED AND EMOTIONAL AND REALLY FUN TO READ.

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It's rare for me to fall so completely in love

I went into this knowing I'd like it: Hank Green is funny and smart, and endlessly empathetic. That should at least add up to an enjoyable book, right? Well, I didn't expect him to nail it so hard, nor did I anticipate it taking hold of my brain like it did.

To start with, Kristen Sieh was an *excellent* choice. I didn't know her going in, but now I want to seek out her other work so I can keep being this satisfied by a narrator. Great range, great artistic choices, and just a natural fit with April.

The relationships in this book feel so good. They're so familiar, and so complicated, and there are no easy answers that make them resolve into simple stereotypes. Basically, they're messy, and they feel satisfyingly real.

Really, the reason I loved this book so much, and the reason I'm writing this review days after finishing it, is because of April May. It took a few chapters, but before I knew it I was hooked on her as a person, and as a force for good (in a complicated way). After finishing the book, I find myself missing her like a friend, and that's not something I've felt about a fictional character in a long long time.

Oh, the plot was good too. Lots of twists and turns and surprises, all with excellent pacing. But really, I'm just here for the April May fan club.

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hank, write that sequel

6 seasons and a movie!

i am a 20 something who is in the awkward stage where I cant relate to many YA books anymore and think adult books are boring. this is smart and also enjoyable! I loved this so much. thrilling to listen to. cant wait for sequel.

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An absolutely remarkable book

I thought this book was amazing. it had a good message. Was entertaining, funny, drama, silly.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful