An Absolutely Remarkable Thing - Hank Green

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

By Hank Green

  • Release Date: 2018-09-25
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 230 Ratings



“Sparkling with mystery, humor and the uncanny, this is a fun read. But beneath its effervescent tone, more complex themes are at play.” —San Francisco Chronicle

In his wildly entertaining debut novel, Hank Greencocreator of Crash Course, Vlogbrothers, and SciShowspins 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 appearance and craftsmanship—like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor—April and her best 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—from Beijing to Buenos Aires—and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight.
Seizing the opportunity to make her mark on the world, April now has to deal with the consequences her new particular brand of fame has on her relationships, her safety, and her own identity. And all eyes are on April to figure 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 for 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.


  • This Book Lives Up to Its Name

    By CarolineN28
    Never before have I encountered a work that is more relevant, well thought out, and important than this. Hank’s experience with fame, his quirky interests in chemistry and pop culture, his respect for people of all colors sexualities and nationalities comes together to make this masterpiece. It’s impossible to put down. It’s interesting and funny and thrilling and poignant in a way that I didn’t know was possible. This debut is awe inspiring. Cannot wait to see what he writes next. DFTBA
  • Thinking about this one for a while...

    By Disneyson 1
    It will end and you will wish that the next part would come immediately. The mystery of Carl, the tender truth of being over your head and sucked into pleasure, the pros and pitfalls of obsession, and what that all does to the people we love and think we love. An amazing book that connects directly to the way we view human connection today, where we tend to be together, alone. And what that means when everything changes. Also, it’s hella funny. It’s a page-turner, and will almost inevitably be made into a movie! Get it nao.
  • Fin

    By Mellygard
    A book with so many layers. I thought it was going to be one thing, but it turned into so many things. I was prepared to know where it was going. It went there, through so many allies and tunnels, that it became something else. You’ll have to read it yourself to know exactly what I mean. Me and my dog, Freddie Mercury enjoyed it and were heartbroken from it. The sign of a great story.
  • Fun read

    By thflaherty78
    Fun read...a bit anti climactic but I liked it
  • I love this book

    By KoolJaws15
    So good. I was expecting it to be great, and it exceeded my expectations. I’ve read it once and listened to it twice, and I’m about to start listening again. Do yourself a favor and get this book! DFTBA/IAMU
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  • Amazing

    By orlandobain
    I thought this book was a little slow to start, but, once it picked up it really picked up and I ended up finishing the last 60% in about 5 hours. Definitely give it a chance.