An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

In his much-anticipated 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.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing – Hank Green


An Absolutely Remarkable Thing – Hank Green


An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

by Hank Green

(An Absolutely Remarkable Thing #1)

Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published September 25th 2018

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing – Hank Green


An Absolutely Remarkable Thing – Hank Green



The one thing that I must mention from the beginning is this story was utterly unique, fascinating and had an incredibly original plot. I have no idea how authors can come up with these storylines. I’m truly impressed and in awe!!

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing had so many wonderful things going for it!

It was witty and its dialogues were smart and funny. I was laughing out loud more than once. The storyline was absolutely fascinating and the format more than interesting.

I was stuck to my phone for hours, listening to the audiobook, not able to put it down. That’s one of the best signs of a truly fascinating and gripping story.

Unfortunately April made it impossible for me to really LOVE the book.

Fifty percent of the time I didn’t like her. She made decisions without thinking first, she was self-centered, incredibly focused on her online persona and how the world would perceive her. Her addiction to all things social media was OTT but also maybe to a certain amount the very image of how some people feel about being an online influencer. Having the attention of millions must be truly powerful and addictive.

But this behavior made her extremely unlikable to me. Foolish and genius, stupid and brave, self centered and caring. At least she admitted her flaws, and she did have the greater good at heart. I just didn’t like the way she went about it.

Also, sometimes An Absolutely Remarkable Thing felt more like an essay than a plot driven story. It had some interesting but also dragging philosophical moments. And all in all, it didn’t fell like a sci-fi story to me. Only maybe half of the book had anything to do with science fiction, the rest was April trying to find a way to be the center of attention.

But that’s just me.

Besides all of the above mentioned, I WILL read the next book. I’m HOOKED!!! And I need to know what is going to happen next. Because even thought the ending sucked, it might have just been the beginning of April’s journey, and not the end.


An Absolutely Remarkable Thing – Hank Green



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 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–everywhere from Beijing to Buenos Aires–and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center 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 want from us.

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Hank Green started making YouTube videos in 2007 with his brother, John. They thought it was a dumb idea, but it turned out well. He is now the CEO of Complexly, which produces SciShow, Crash Course and nearly a dozen other educational YouTube channels, prompting The Washington Post to name him “one of America’s most popular science teachers.” Green co-founded a number of other businesses, including, which helps online creators make money by selling cool stuff to their communities; and VidCon, the world’s largest conference for the online video community. Hank and John, also started the Project for Awesome, which raised more than two million dollars for charities last year. He has written for a variety of publications, including The New York Times, Scientific American, and Mental Floss Magazine prior to his first published novel, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, due out on Sept 25, 2018.

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2 thoughts on “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

    1. It was certainly unique, and if you get it from the library, go for it!! The reviews look really good, and I certainly loved the idea, just the execution wasn’t perfectly done, but on the other hand, it was a debut novel. Can’t expect it to be perfect. I would love to hear what you thought.

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