Title: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
Author: Hank Green
Bookstore: Book of the Month
Publisher: Dutton Books
Synopsis: 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 an on her relationship, 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.
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is a fun, mysterious, thrill-seeking adventure kind of book. I first saw it on the train on my way to work, next thing I knew within the next couple of days it was one of the only books that everyone was talking about on social media. I really didn’t know much about the book or what it was about until it was one of the choices for the Book of the Month in November. All I noticed before then was the last name of the author and automatically wondered if he was related to the author John Green. Little did I know, he is… they’re brothers! Green did a fantastic job in connecting this book with the world today of social media, news media coverage and becoming famous in just a click of a button.
April May is a fiery character that wants to do things her way. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like her or not in the beginning, but by the end, I was split 50/50 – she’s a love me or hate me kind of character. April is narcissistic and sometimes took action that would hurt others. What I did like about April was that she eluded confidence (at times) and spunk, but she never stopped reaching her goal. I love the mystery aspect of the book, trying to find out why Carl was in all these cities and what was the purpose. It took me on an adventure, I didn’t think I was going to go on.
This book did touch upon on humanity, which is what captured me. Green did a great job in putting this aspect in his book. It made me think about how the media brainwashes us and how we become so addicted to our phones. It also made me question how would we survive if aliens arrived in the world. This books really made me think about how people would function in these situations.
The ending was left open, so I am guessing that there will be a sequel to it. It was a fun read and truly enjoyed it. After reading, it did make me reflect on how the media capture us and we become so addicted to it. I recommend this book to everyone, especially the teens and young adults that are always on their phone. This book was truly remarkable.