Friday, February 14, 2020

Friday Memes: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

Happy Friday everybody!
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Look, I am aware that you're here for an epic tale of intrigue and mystery and adventure and near death and actual death, but in order to get to that (unless you want to skip to chapter 13--I'm not your boss), you're going to have to deal with the fact that I, April May, in addition to being one of the most important things that ever happened to the human race, am also a woman in her twenties who has made some mistakes.
Friday 56:
Then I remembered that email I'd sent to the woman at UC Berkeley. I checked to see if she'd replied. She had, actually, like twelve days ago. I hadn't seen it--her reply had been buried by everything else and I'd totally forgotten about our conversation.
This week I am spotlighting the first book I bought in 2020 - An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. It was a Kindle Daily Deal. Here is the description from Amazon:
In his wildly entertaining debut novel, Hank Green—cocreator of Crash Course, Vlogbrothers, and SciShow—spins 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.


  1. I do love the idea of how lives can be changed dramatically through social media. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE JANES”

  2. I have been meaning to read this book. Enjoy your current read!

  3. April May sounds like an interesting character!! Happy Valentine's weekend!

  4. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book! It was one of my rare "adult" reads. Enjoy!

  5. I loved this one! Hope you'll have a great weekend. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

  6. I like the sound of the blurb. Hope you enjoy it.

  7. I have heard good things about this one and hope you enjoy it! Have a great weekend, Kathy.

  8. I haven't heard of this but the premise is intriguing.


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