An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green Reviewed

“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.”

I would give the first half of this book 2.5 out of 5 stars, but the second half of the book boosted my rating to 4 stars. I despised April May a lot, until like the last hundred pages of the book. I think my favorite character was Robin or Maya, I loved them a lot. Robin, while he was her assistant, was just adorable and so helpful and great. Maya was this supportive girlfriend and was not afraid to be straight up with April. I loved the bluntness of her character. Of course I loved the Carls, how could you not love the Carls? Overall, the characters were really well developed and matured over time in the book.

The setting is in LA, where her fame really takes off, and New York City, which is where she finds the first Carl at 3 am that one fateful night. I think the choice of setting was a little cliche as a lot of books I have read take place in one of these two cities. I do understand though that in these cities it would make it easier for her to become famous and well-known, it also does make sense that the Carls would land in big cities like these. I just think it would have been less cliche if they would have still been in a big city but not one many people have written about, like Chicago or Detroit or something like that.

The book does have some violence in it, but I think the book does have an interesting message that Hank Green is obviously trying to make note of: we, as humans, need to be more about togetherness than against each other. I think this is a big issue in America right now with President Donald Trump attempting to build a wall, but at the end of the day we are all just human, no matter where we are from or what country we are residents of.

I hope there will be a sequel to this book as it leaves you on a giant cliffhanger and I will happily help Hank Green write this book if he doesn’t want to write a sequel, because I need a sequel. Like soon.

Overall, if this book seems boring or slow, it’s because it is. But I promise it gets better, and do not skip to chapter 13 like she references in the first chapter, but rather wait because that turning point is crucial to the rest of the book’s plot, also you’d be really confused if you did that.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed my review of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. Have a great day/night! ~Shelby

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