An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

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In his much-anticipated debut novel, Hank Green -- cocreator of Crash Course, Vlogbrothers, and SciShow -- spins a sweeping, cinematic tale about a young oman who becomes an overnight celebrity before realizing she 's part of something bigger, and thie, than anyone ould 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 first 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 enter 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 ant 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 th life in the public ye.
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343
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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
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Published September 25th 2018 by Dutton

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Bookselle: Well, usually readers hate love triangles but it does n't alway matter because whatever you write will sell because your famous.Hank: Oh, and one more thing!

Hank:* Whispers* There actually is n't eally going to e a plot just a bunch of random scenes that are boring but kind of make sense.Publisher: Sounds great!

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I ’ ve just grown tired with John Green romanticizing the white heterosexual nerd ’ s quest for the perfect woman whom they win by using the longest most pretentious words possible, and I was ery intriguin to read his brother ’ s work.Frankly, I expected to tumble into this book dissonant and harsh in my criticism—but what do you now ... I actually eally liked it.

She is ow a celebrity, hated and loved with equal ferocity, and when people start getting besieged by perplexing dreams of the Carls making, April takes upon herself the inconvenience of persuading everyone that the Carls are a peaceful entity and not whatever maleficent meaning many want to suit to their existence.April soon finds out that the fame that tied her to the Carls made the world—and maybe even her closest friends—love her a little mor.

Les than anything—and I hate to admit this—I ’ ve come to believe that the things I isliked about her were things I isliked about myself: the unnameable need to be reminded, the thing of selfishness that is putting up so many walls around yourself that you can ’ t see anyone or anything beyond your own problems, and sometimes being—for lack of an apter term—a spectacularily shitty friend.But Hank not only weaves together a suspenseful tale of April 's involvement with an alien sculpture and her quest to figure out its origin and intent, he also does so with sly social commentary, and, for me, that was the best part.Hank Green created a story with great deep undercurrents.

Especially how trying to ind yourself through your feed and measuring your self-esteem on likes and comments eventually creates an alternate version of yourself that you coul only attain at the price of laborious efforts, and that ultimately obfuscates your very sense of self and puts you between a fantasized—but not less real—you behind a screen, and he real you, who becomes more and more fictional.This book also hammers at social-media for glamourizing and rewarding the worst of human attributes ( vanity, exaggerated self-importance, materialism, deception, envy, ostentation, narcissism, superiority, etc ...) and conditioning people into believing that any of these traits are positive or favorable.

Hank is serving some seriously scorching tea about social media, let me tell you.Which is why it ’ s impossibl not to be frustrated by thi ook 's second-half shift away from real relationships with clear and present stakes in favor of pursuing a meandering plot that builds up to what I think was a trite ending, but it 's a disappointment experienced mostly in retrospect because, as it turns out, this is only a standalone.

And I 'm s intrigued to see where and how th story unfolds.Moreover, This ook as quite frankly more diverse than any of John Green 's books [ insert the I SAID WHAT I SAID gif meme ]: April is bisexual and her girlfriend Maya is a sapphic black woman.

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I imply had to keep reading to figure out what was up with Carl.But I think my favorite aspect were the two discussions about fame as well as mistrust of change/ " outsiders. " A first topic was especially interesting to me as it was written by an online creator and, being one myself ( though a much maller one), I could semi-relate to it.Despite my excitement for this story, I had to dock off a little because I fee like Hank Green 's writing from a gir 's perspective felt a little off.

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