As the title states, this will be a spoiler-filled post, so if you haven’t read An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green yet, get out.
Okay, now that it’s safe, I will talk about how much I loved this book.
I’ve been hearing nothing but praise for this book for the last few weeks, and I thought that was partly because Hank is already famous and has an audience of people that love and respect him. But no. It’s actually just a fantastic book.
First off, I loved that this book was New Adult. I wish publishers would start accepting more new adult books, because honestly, I felt more lost and in need of a character like me when I was graduating college and going off on my own for the first time than I did as a teenager. April May being stuck in a job she hates, but feels trapped in because she needs the extra income to pay off her student loans, while also comparing herself to her friends and their careers, is so freaking relatable.
The story revolves heavily around the impact that social media has on us, and how we’re constantly seeking validation from strangers on the internet in order to somehow feel better about ourselves. I’m guilty of that. I’m trying to be better about it, especially in terms of Instagram where I always feel like anything cool I do needs to go in my story so that everyone knows that I do cool things.
It’s kind of a bullshit way to live and I think it does a lot of harm, especially for those who are growing up with it and don’t really know what it’s like to not be constantly seeking that attention out.
The main character, April May, definitely gets wrapped up in that trap. She’s also a pretty unlikable character at times, but I was still always rooting for her, which I think is a testament to how well the book was written. She’s the kind of person who would rather run and give up on things than have a difficult conversation, and sometimes I just wanted to slap her and yell at her to get it together.
The whole story was paced so well. I read this whole thing in a little over a day, because I just couldn’t put it down. The mystery of the Carls and the Dream was so interesting, and I just had to know what was up.
I thought the ending was really interesting. I also liked how the whole time, April is foreshadowing that something bad is coming, so you kind of expect that things are going to turn south. It makes sense too. She’s at the forefront of this movement that has extremist enemies so she’s obviously a target. I liked that the book took this turn because it felt realistic.
And that last line. I don’t know if there are any plans for a sequel (according to a user on Goodreads, he’s working on one), but I would love to learn more about what happens and get to know the Carls a bit better. I NEED MORE INFORMATION.
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts?