Title: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
Author: Hank Green
Source: eBook from publisher/bought hardback
Publication Date: 25th September 2018
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Summary: While roaming the streets of New York City at 3 a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture she calls Carl. Delighted by its appearance – like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armour – 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.
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 centre of an 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 want from us .
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve spent the last few weeks thinking about how I was going to review this book. At first I listened to the audiobook which was a huge mistake because I couldn’t take to the narrator and therefore I didn’t enjoy the story as much as I wanted to (even though I listened to the whole thing) and then I seen Netgalley had it up for requesting so I went ahead and requested it and got approved a few days later. I’m actually so glad I did because it meant I had to give the book another chance and oh boy, I’m so happy I got to do this.
April May is such a great character. At times I hated her for being selfish but the majority of the time she was just a young adult trying her best to work around a situation she didn’t realise she’d be in. I thought Hank Green did a brilliant job of making the characters in this story realistic and believable. He showed the power of social media and the audience/issues certain things can attract. As mentioned at the start of this paragraph, I disliked how selfish April could be. For example, the way she treated Maya really got to me. At times it was as if everything else became more important than her and she was shoved to the side and it really hurt my heart because I was desperate for more of them throughout the book.
The ending left me so needing more. It was so unexpected and there was not a single point in the book that I could see it happening. I could definitely use some more Andy in my life because he was such a lovable, caring character and I feel there was a definite lack of him in the book so I have high hopes for book two,
In all, Hank Green created a very humorous, dark but exciting story and I’m so glad I decided to give this book a second chance after being disappointed with the audiobook. Once I got into the story I struggled to put the book down and Green managed to keep me intrigued throughout the whole novel. I can’t wait to see what Green has in store for us in book two!
Thank you again to Netgalley and Trapeze for providing me with a review copy of this book.