I’m so happy to be sharing my review for this wonderful, absolutely remarkable read!
Oh how I loved this book!
Why did you pick it up Vicci??
I’d seen it here and there all over BookTube and people seemed to be loving it, so I thought “what the Hell” and watched my new credit fly away….sob!
How many times have you thought to yourself I wish I was famous? How many times have you thought that all of your troubles would go away if you were?
How about being famous by accident?
This story is being told by our main MC 23 year old April May, who while wandering through NYC one night spies something that she doesn’t remember seeing there before.
Being super quirky and arty, she does the only thing she can think of at this time in the morning, and excitedly calls her best friend Andy.
Andy isn’t too happy about being woken up at 3am, but of course he goes along to see what April May is so excited about, and when he gets there, so is he.
A huge statue has appeared in the middle of New York, and no-one seems to be paying it much attention, April May is astounded about how much work has gone into this statue, and there is no artist name attached to it to give any credit.
Andy has his own YouTube channel where he uploads random videos, the natural response is for them to make a silly video of this, so April “interviews” the statue, names him Carl, and Andy later uploads the video.
The next morning, it seems that the video has gone viral, and April May is hot-stuff due to there not being just one Carl, oh no, that one is just New York Carl, there are also Carl’s in cities all over the world, and it also seems that they all appeared at the same time, and Carl seems to be the name of choice, i.e Beijing Carl, Buenos Aires Carl, Tokyo Carl etc.
But April and Andy are the original Carl discoverers, and fame is instant for them.
April has to deal with fame with the whole world watching, and I really do mean the whole wide world!
Narrated by Kristen Sieh with a cameo by the author, who both did a fantastic job, I will definitely be looking out for book 2 and more by Kristen.
Until I was about 2 or 3 hours into this book I had no idea that Hank is the brother of the super duper famous John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars!
Comparing both authors is inevitable, but Hank held his own, and dare I say it, even manages for me to slightly outshine his brother **ducks the flying objects**
About the book
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
By: Hank Green
Narrated by: Hank Green, Kristen Sieh
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
Release date: 25-09-18
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., 23-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship – like a 10-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 centre 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.
Compulsively entertaining and powerfully relevant, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing grapples with big themes, including how the social Internet is changing fame, rhetoric and radicalisation; how our culture deals with fear and uncertainty; and how vilification and adoration spring from the same dehumanisation that follows a life in the public eye.
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