Book Review: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

by - Friday, February 15, 2019

I don't do a lot of book reviews (admittedly I should read more books), but if it's something written by the Vlogbrothers, I almost immediately jump on board. I have all of John Green's books (Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, The Fault in our Stars, and Turtles All The Way Down), so when Hank announced he was writing a book, I knew I had to get it at some point. I finally got my copy a month ago (yay for signed copies!), and I love it.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is about Youtube. It sounds strange, but that's literally what it's about, particularly about how some Youtubers almost instantaneously get successful overnight. This story covers the journey of 23-year-old April May, who works in a run down IT company, and her vault to overnight success after discovering a robot-like structure in her current residence of New York. She ends up nicknaming the robot "Carl", and thanks to her best friend Andy and girlfriend Maya, she becomes an overnight sensation on social media and she has to learn how to deal with all the pressures that come with it, including being impersonated and all the emails and texts. April even meets a scientist named Miranda, but later breaks up with Maya after having a strange dream that was brought on by the Carl, which Andy and April, along with new agent Jennifer Putnam and assistant Robin think is an alien (insert that picture of the one guy from the History Channel).

The story ends when the New York Carl summons April to a warehouse, amidst an all out war between all humans, and April is killed in the warehouse after it burns down, and Andy then takes over the narration of the book, where he receives a text from the presumably deceased April. All in all, the book was slightly weird, but it perfectly portrays 2008-2010 Youtube and what Hank's life is like being one-half of the Vlogbrothers and being internet famous.

Overall, I loved this book (I give it 4.5/5 stars), and Hank is already writing his second book and I can't wait for that either.

Have you read this book before?

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  1. I’ve never heard of this book before but it sounds like a great read. The premise sounds promising as YouTubers interest me too. Also The Fault in our Stars is one of my favourite films. Thanks for sharing. :-) xx

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