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
Author: Hank Green
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
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.
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.