Wishlist Wednesday: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Wishlist Wednesday! Today I am featuring a debut novel entitled, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, from YouTube star Hank Green. If you are a fan of Vlogbrothers or his brother John Green, this might be a book to check out!

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about and have yet to read. It is a spin-off of the original meme, Waiting on Wednesday that was formerly hosted by Breaking the Spine.

THIS WEEK’S WoW: An Absoluteley Remarkable Thing

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing Hank GreenTitle: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (The Carls #1)
Author: Hank Green
Publisher: Dutton
Publication Date: September 25, 2018

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

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.

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 from the same dehumanization that follows a life in the public eye.

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The first time that I heard about An Absolutely Remarkable Thing I did a double take. I have always loved Hank and the concept of this book is so amazing. It is showing on Goodreads that it is YA, but the age of the main character makes me question that. I am all over this and I think it will be an interesting look at the way social media/the internet has affected our world. This book is definitely one that will be on my fall TBR.

About Hank Green

Image of Hank Green

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 DFTBA.com, 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.

19 thoughts on “Wishlist Wednesday: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

  1. Priyanka says:

    Hope you enjoy reading it! I like John Green books and their videos so hope this one is good too haha
    I don’t have WoW this week because I just started blogging after a hiatus, so its a comeback and reading slump tips post.
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  2. Jaime Lester says:

    This sounds really, really good, but MAN…. that cover is just no my kind of cover. Thankfully the story sounds much better

  3. Luna & Saturn says:

    Wow, this is the first time we’ve heard of this book. It’s been mentioned before but we agree – it’s probably by association with his brother which makes Hank’s debut be classified as YA. The blurb sounds so cool – we’re already excited for this release! 🙂

    ~ Luna & Saturn @ Pendragons

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