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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

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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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 1st US edition, 352 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Dutton
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Christine Riccio
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!
Em (RunawayWithDreamthieves)
Not to start a family feud but I picked up this book solely because I’ve grown tired with John Green romanticising 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.

And what do you know....I actually liked it.

Hank Green created a story with great deep undercurrents. Under the surface is a very forward and honest discussion about social media and the uncomfortable commodi
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Upon Announcement:


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 review ever.)

What I did love about this story was its
Oct 04, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Okay where is my crash course squad?
Melissa Rochelle
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 enjoys reading the novels of Ernest Cline, Robin Sl
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
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, can't wait to see how this translates into a novel.

*casually sells soul for an ARC*
*(...or at least a release date? C'mon!)
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, ya, 2018
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.
Taylor Ramirez
Jan 23, 2018 marked it as nope
"Coming home from work at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May..."

April May

Nope. Ya lost me.
☙ percy ❧
Sep 21, 2017 marked it as tbr-unreleased
*kicks down the door of every single person on the planet* Y'ALL, GET A LOAD OF THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ngl i've always liked hank more than john and i'm so excited i think i'm gonna scream
The Full Bookshelf Reviews
Since no one has written a pre-book review yet, I guess that I will. Although I will leave out star ratings. (I know people hate that.)

John Green is a genius. Hank Green is a genius. Together, the make up the genius that is Vlogbrothers, and CrashCourse World History and Psychology. Although, if you are not, like me, a devoted Nerdfighter, John has been stealing the spotlight for years. 5 novels and a long short story, several more books for the HPA and Project for Awesome. The man who made the
Vitor Martins
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), chamei rafael para contar pra ele um pouco sobre o liv
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 Green's brother and youtuber extraordinaire. That sa
Oct 14, 2018 marked it as to-read
John and I are not compatible writing wise.
But I can't project that on Hank! Please let me like a Green's book :D
Solomon ~ 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 involved in but I read this in favor of a friend
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 may not. She's narcissistic and not always likeabl
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 even the Carls aren't immune to her quirky charm.

But, as
Olivia (The Candid Cover)
I had been dying to read An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green since I first heard that it was in the works, and while I had incredibly high hopes for it, it is safe to say that I was not disappointed. This book is so complex, discussing topics such as fame and unity as the world is divided by the appearance of robots, but it is so much more than that. I enjoyed the realistic main character and the clever writing style. This has got to be the wildest book of 2018, and I must say, it is ab ...more
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, own-physical
I LOVED this. Like, far more than expected. I haven’t been this engrossed in a story in a very long time.
Sep 19, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: mystery, young-adult
To those of you who've sent me friend requests and didn't know the answer to question number 1: "Who the eff is Hank?" Guysss, meet Hank, NY Times Bestselling author John Green's younger brother. Lol

This was my October 2018 Book of the Month pick!

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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 "Hide yo' kids, hide yo' wife" from freaking 2010).

Erik Fazekas
Dear John, I am sorry to inform you, that you've been dethroned!!!

Áno je to tak, toto je lepšie ako posledné Greenovky... ehm, teda johnovky :D Pocitovo mi to pri čítaní pripomínalo Aljašku, keď sa ešte John na nič nehral a písal ako mu huba narástla.

Ďakujem Hankovi Greenovi, že zadefinoval contemporary New Adult so scifi twistom ;)
Ja milujem knihy o nových dospelých, decká po škole proste riešia špecifický druh problémov a to je na tom mega! Čiže ak ste spisovateľ a napíšete knihu o deckách
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read on submission in one sitting. All I can say is all hail the Greens
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
What a thrill! Review to come.
Cori Reed
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know that I've ever used the term 'millennial', but I suppose I am one so it's time to embrace it.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing will appeal to millenials. At first it seemed a bit too I HAVE A NARRATIVE to me, but in the end I really enjoyed it, and the ending was exactly what I wanted.

It's weird, it is definitely social commentary, it isn't YA (although there is crossover appeal), and it's very much not his brother.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Uma coisa absolutamente fantástica" é um livro incrível! Você pode até não pensar, a princípio, que um livro sobre uma youtuber bissexual que encontra um robô alienígena gigante possa ser super-reflexivo, mas é.

De forma divertida e surreal — como referências a Carly Rae Jepsen, páginas na Wikipedia e outras loucuras —, Hank Green criou um livro que nos faz refletir muito sobre sociedade, política, sucesso e outros debates. Uma das coisas mais interessantes, para mim, foi como é fácil fazer uma
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
HOLY BANANAS, HANK. What an incredible book! Relevant, insightful, shades-of-grey social commentary blends seamlessly with a compelling sci-fi adventure (with a fun dose of mystery, too!). The narrator's voice was perfect, snark and honesty and the fake-it-til-you-make-it confidence I know too well as a 20-something trying to find my way in the world like April, and it was at once vastly different from the Hank Green I "know" from YouTube and yet deeply recognizable as his work.

Another little th
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Túto knihu som čítala ešte v čase, keď sa volala April May and New York Carl - a tak už STO ROKOV ŽIJEM S VEDOMÍM, ŽE JE STRAŠNE SUPER A JA TO NEMÔŽEM NIKOMU POVEDAŤ. AAAGHHRR!!!

Mám na srdci dve veci, ktoré by som vám o tejto vskutku pozoruhodnej záležitosti rada povedala:

1) Nie je to YA a nie je to nový John Green. Nope. Nopity Nope. Nič z toho. Mám Johna Greena rada, ale... úprimne... všetky jeho knihy sú o tom istom. A Hank Green je ako závan sviežeho vzduchu - ľahký, vtipný, zábavný a bez ot
Melina Souza
Aaaah! Devorei!
Não sei se consigo falar sobre o livro agora. Muitas coisas para organizar na cabeça :x
ps: impossível não relacionar com o momento atual assustador do Brasil (2018).
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Hank Green started making YouTube videos in 2007 with his brother, John. They thought it was a dumb idea, but it turned out well. He is now the CEO of Complexly, which produces SciShow, Crash Course and nearly a dozen other educational YouTube channels, prompting The Washington Post to name him "one of America's most popular science teachers." Green co-founded a number of other businesses, includi ...more

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