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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel | Hank Green
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. 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 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.
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Kenyazero
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This is a quirky one! It was fun seeing all of the crowdsourcing that powers the Carls mystery. That is a very fun element of this read. The social and political commentary is also interesting as opposing groups form to challenge the Carl situation. I didn't like April very much, sadly. She seemed like someone wasn't sure what 20 year olds are like and used YouTube and Instagram to research 😏 #LGBTQ #SciFi #Robot #Alien #Crowdsource

Nutmegnc This is in my wish list! 1w
Kenyazero @Nutmegnc it's a fun read, so it'll be worth the wait :) 1w
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TheSpineView
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Klou Great job! 2mo
TheSpineView @Klou 👍🤩😊 2mo
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kathytrithardt
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I love this duology.

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limada
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I had no expectations going into this but I would have been blown away even if I had. What a great book; so many themes and thoughts and ways to reflect on different perspectives. Definitely loved it.

GondorGirl I'm listening to this one right now and it's really blowing my mind! 5mo
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GondorGirl
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It was a busy weekend and I didn't get much reading done, but this afternoon I listened to a few more hours of this audiobook and organized all of my stationary and stickers. I'm all ready to start replying to my #LitsyLove penpals!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!! 📝📬💌 5mo
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GondorGirl
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Working my way through this fantastic audiobook while redesigning our business cards.

We just want to make pretty things... I don't think either of us realized how much non-glamorous behind the scenes work there is. Branding, social media, accounting, scheduling, logistics... I'm so impressed with small businesses that make this look easy! 😳😭😅

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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My friend gifted me a copy of the sequel and Hank Green is my tiktok dad so figured I'd give this a shot

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kathytrithardt
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Question of the Day: What authors do you enjoy following online? #QotD

Eggbeater John Scalzi and Roxane Gay share my views of the world 6mo
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MajorCasey
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This book went where I didn't expect. Characters to both love and hate. Relevant to today's social media soaked culture. Looking forward to the sequel.

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roseeemarie
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I just started reading An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. The first paragraph on this page is a great example of how Hank Green balances the serious tone in a mostly funny book. The shifts in tone make me happy.
Science Fiction is usually not my favorite but I like this so far. I can‘t wait to finish it. #anabsolutelyremarkablething #hankgreen #baddecisions

suvata Loved that book 10mo
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LaraS
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For any Hank Green fans out there...if you donate $12 to Project For Awesome today/tomorrow you can get a short story in which our main character of the tagged book April May meets Hank at vidcon. Proceeds go to Save the Children and Partners in Health before noon today, and to various community chooses charities after noon today until noon tomorrow.

https://projectforawesome.com

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ItsAnotherJen
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Wow. This is quite the book!
I couldn't stop reading it.
The last line has me grabbing for the next book in the series. I've never read anything like this. It's an unusual ride, that's for sure!
I've heard the audiobook is excellent, and I almost wish I could of experienced it that way. I bet it would be a lot like reading 'Ready Player One' vs listening to it.

(Also recommend going into it blind, don't read what it's about)

4.5/5 stars

ItsAnotherJen Love these lines from Hank Green in the acknowledgements: "I also want to thank every single person who ever says, “You have to read this book!” to a friend. I don‘t care if it‘s this book; I just want people to remind each other how wonderful books are." ?? 12mo
Texreader Ok stacking on your say-so! 😃 12mo
Trashcanman 💥 12mo
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Sargar114 Good call on going in blind. I got it from BOTM forever ago and just got around to reading it a few months ago...so I forgot the premis...boy what a ride! I may have to try the audiobook eventually 12mo
ItsAnotherJen @Sargar114 It was quite the ride! Not what I was expecting. The 2nd book is rated even higher than the first one, so I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next. 12mo
ItsAnotherJen @Texreader I hope you enjoy it! 12mo
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bouktique
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352 pages. It is hard to believe it is Hank Green's first book! I started reading it yesterday, it was cloudy Sunday afternoon, and found myself at 3 am with finished book and a fast beating heart from intensity. I am not a fan of extraterestrial stories but this one is fascinating and contains a trully unique point of view. How would you react if Carl appeared in your universe?
#hankgreen #carl #aprilmaybenot #anabsolutelyremarkablething

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qchammer
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A flawed and almost laughably millennial narrator and yet I loved this book and immediately looked up how to get the sequel. Great examination of modern fame and the destruction (or evolution) of self authenticity against public perception. What happens when you can‘t stop curating yourself?

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Twainy
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🎧 I loved this story. Did the author think that I had to hate April May or it wouldn‘t have worked? I kept listening in the hope that she‘d redeem herself. It‘s a narrative on the social media plague. Still I loved the idea of the Carls. I wish the author could have come up with a more likable MC! The narrator was great! IDK if I‘ll read the sequel as I didn‘t like the MC. The stars are for the story, narration & secondary characters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Sargar114
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This was an absolutely remarkable story...I‘m sure it‘s been done, but still...I LOVED THIS!!! Probably my favorite read of the year. I loved April May even with her flaws and her “posse.” And what an ending!!!! I don‘t often read the acknowledgments, but when I saw he is John Greens brother I opted to read the rest. This last paragraph is fantastic. This was my #doublespin for the month on #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

Sargar114 I‘ve only read one John Green book (tagged) and while I did get similar vibes from he narrator, I think I prefer Hank Green‘s style 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 1y
ItsAnotherJen I didn't realize he is John Green's brother! 😳 12mo
Sargar114 @ItsAnotherJen I didn‘t either until I read this note. Then I saw they have a podcast or YouTube channel and everything 🤷🏼‍♀️ 12mo
ItsAnotherJen @Sargar114 ooooh..I'm going to have to check that out! 12mo
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This book totally gets me. This song was my jam when it came out 😂🤣😂🤣

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Sargar114
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Very true!

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Sargar114
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Not just #firstlinefridays, but this first section! I knew from this it would be a fun read.

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Sargar114
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Really enjoying this read so far!

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Ghostnipps
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Wow, the absolute relevance to today‘s media manipulations. I‘m stunned. Even through using science fiction to relay a message, it‘s great commentary about the reactionary nature of the world.

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OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 1y
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Jovy
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Giant robots in the age of social media? Very interesting concept. I thought this was a fast-paced, engrossing read even though the main character April May was a bit annoying. Overall a worthy debut from Hank Green.

#PopSugar2020 A book about or involving social media

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Hannahjs98
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The very last line of this book had me YELLING!! An amazing read that took a second to get me invested but catapulted towards the end. Such a good musing on fame and youth with genuinely funny moments. April May, Andy, Miranda, Robin and Maya feel like friends

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IhoardBOOKS
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August reading part 1

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Traci1
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I listened to this one on audio. Loved the narrator. Enjoyed the style of Green's writing. But the story itself was just sort of ok. It's one I'm glad I borrowed from the library rather than having bought it.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Would you read the sequel? 1y
Traci1 @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I don't think so. I might feel differently after some time, but it isn't one that I have any interest in right now. 1y
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8little_paws
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Well, I enjoyed reading it and I'm holding on writing a true review until I complete this duology--I am halfway through the sequel right now and so far I am actually prefering book 2 to book 1. I would definetly recommend these two books if you're looking for a thoughtful adventure/sci-fi ROMP. Green includes a lot of characters in the book that don't look like him; thus far it seems he has done so respectfully.

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LaraS
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Great little tidbit on the design of the hidden-quote-meets-Manhattan-skyline end pages for this book:

https://blog.usejournal.com/aart-endsheets-a9e4c2175783

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Gryffleclaw95
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.5/5)

April May isn‘t wrong when she says that her story makes her sound like an unlikeable person with poor decision-making. Throughout the book, she is flawed, selfish, brave, and undeniably human. This book was slow to start, but by the end I was racing to find out what‘s next. The themes in this book are ones we in this social media age should take note of. This had some “Ready Player One” vibes and I‘m ready for its sequel.

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Sasstronaut
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1. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. A re-read but an enjoyable one.
2. Two, actually - #LLReadathon with my Life‘s Library book club and #ReadingRush2020

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You can only do so much pretending before you become the thing you‘re pretending to be.

#teatime

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Sasstronaut
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1. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (re-read for upcoming sequel!), Flying to Pieces
2. Redshirts by John Scalzi
3. “Of course it didn‘t work out that way.”
#weekendreads

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jmtrivera
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April May starts by telling us her story will reveal her as unlikable & a poor decision-maker. True. She repeatedly makes choices that hurt & disappoint people in order to prolong her celebrity. I still found it more a fascinating look at the effect attention & celebrity have on people than I found it an indictment of her. I don't think the story was wrapped up too well, but perhaps intentionally w/the upcoming sequel. Regardless, very engaging.

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Merethebookgal
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📖 May Wrap-Up 📖
May was a solid reading month. I liked everything I read, but I don‘t know if I had any stand-out reads. Of these, I read 1 hard copy, 1 ebook, and 4 audiobooks.

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In this episode, Tara, Meredith, and Susan dive into an Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. They discuss how an alien invasion could be surprisingly topical, the drawbacks of internet-fame, and if they too would be one of the Dreamers, solving puzzles with the rest of humanity. Listen at eclecticreaders.fireside.fm/82 or in your favorite podcast app under Eclectic Readers! #EclecticReaders #Podcast

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Merethebookgal
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I really enjoyed this book and found it quite compelling! It‘s an interesting mixture of SLEEPING GIANTS and READY PLAYER ONE with a snarky protagonist. The sequel comes out this summer, and I‘m interested in seeing where the stories goes!

mom2bugnbee Oooo, didn't know about the sequel! Thanks! My daughter loves the Green brothers. 2y
Hooked_on_books SEQUEL?!!?!!! That‘s great news! 2y
Merethebookgal @mom2bugnbee @Hooked_on_books Yup!! It‘s called A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor and according to Goodreads, its pub date is July 7th! 2y
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EclecticReaders
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New month, new book!

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jmtrivera
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Haven't done one of these in a while!
1. I didn't, exactly. My parents did. 😄
2. Teacher, currently from a distance
3. Besides work, books, puzzles, time with my Minisaurus and the hubby. And lots of video calls - more than even before the lockdowns!
4. Just starting the tagged.
5. Take it slow, appreciate the little things, and revisit old hobbies. 😊

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks for playing 💛💛💛 2y
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I actually really, really disliked this book. The main characters are shallow and driven by social media popularity. Yuck, on so many levels. The actual story of the "statue" was interesting, if not bizarre (and trust me, I like an odd story line). Even the story line left me wanting more substance.
I know a sequel is coming out soon, maybe it will redeem the story a bit...

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MelKelsey
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Book 42 I listened to this strange, unique, and pertinent? book. April discovers a big statue in the street. Assuming it's art, she calls a friend to film her introducing it to the public; she names it Carl. The Carls' story gets supernatural-weird, yet, well-done and interesting. April narrates from after the fact, which adds a layer of hindsight and intrigue, as you try to unravel meaning and attempt to predict what's going to happen.

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The_Heeler_Booklife
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Rating: ⭐️

DNF at page 116. I tried to like this. I did, but it is awful. The writing feels jumbled. I‘m going to admit here that I have bipolar disorder and one of my manic symptoms is racing thoughts. The way the character talked and how it was written felt manic to me. It hurt my head.
Also, I really hated April. She was under-developed and super annoying.
Thirdly, I felt like the plot was lacking. There was something missing.
#botm

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amyrohn
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Starting this one today!

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atransparenteyeball
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LeticiaToraci
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This was a very interesting mix of contemporary and sci-fi where the main character is an internet video celebrity. l couldn't put it down and I'll probably be reading the next book in the series.

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LeticiaToraci
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One of the ways for me to resist buying new books is to go to the library and borrow enough books for the month. It satisfies my female collector's instinct😁 without cluttering my house, since all these will be returned after read.

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CassieBloomie
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We‘re nearing the age of entertainment in which internet life is translating to printed text and it‘s... weird. The story was interesting enough, especially the Dream, which was the mystery that made me keep reading. The Jennifer Putnam content, on the other hand... is boring, or at least not for me.
April... is not a Libra, though (as she claims to be), in my own expertise.

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ShelleyBooksie
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I am very torn about this book. I did not really like and could not identify with the main character but the situation in the book really made me think! The ending frustrated me - I want to know the rest of the story.

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swishandflick
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I didn't care for this at all. The beginning was promising and I thought it would be a nice trip outside of my comfort zone, but nope. It all kind of dragged on and by the end I was just ready for it to be over 🤷🏽‍♀️

IamIamIam I liked that nobody was likeable but the ending was really flat and I was disappointed. Even Carl let me down!!! Lol 2y
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Soubhiville
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This book is fun!

Giant robots mysteriously appear in many places across the entire world. They don‘t seem to do anything but stand there. Then lots of people start having the same dream about them.

A commentary about social media and the state of the world, a bisexual main character, and an political pundit villain- what‘s not to love?

@AmyG thank you for sending this to me! I wish I had read it sooner, I loved it!

Avanders Oooh sounds fun! 2y
Hooked_on_books Yes! 🙌🏼 2y
AmyG I thought you would like it. I also found it a fun read. Happy New Years, my friend. 😘 2y
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