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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

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by Hank Green

Quick take

An ambitious social-media climber captures "an absolutely remarkable thing" and realizes going viral is the least of her worries.

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  • Quirky

  • Unlikeable narrator

  • Millennial

  • Buzzy

  • Snarky

Why I love it

Who doesn't dream of the transformative powers of fame and fortune? I certainly do, and so does April May, the fiery narrator of Hank Green’s debut novel, a rags-to-social-riches-meets-science-fiction hybrid that kept me guessing from start to finish.

It’s 3am in New York City when April encounters a giant, armor-cladded sculpture of unknown origin. She dubs this bizarre curiosity “Carl” in a You...


The Carls just appeared.

Roaming through New York City 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 sprea...


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