Book of the Week: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
This week’s Book of the Week is An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green.
A new Young Adult/New Adult novel from Hank Green (of Vlogbrothers, also a well-known Person of the Internet), An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is the story of April May, who happens upon a strange (maybe even…absolutely remarkable?) thing on a New York City street late one night. She immediately calls her friend Andy, he comes to meet her there, and together, they change everything.
This novel is a well-crafted story. It’s told mostly by the main character, April May, from the not-so-distant future, which means our narrator is self-aware and has the benefit of hindsight, which she uses to critique and otherwise evaluate her own actions and decisions. This book is definitely written in the “vernacular of the internet” with lots of meme-ific patterns of speech and thought, but more than that, it is a thoughtful examination of what it is to be a human discovered by the internet, written with honesty by someone who would know.
I’m not going into great detail because I am very carefully avoiding any spoilers (although, if you do read it and what to talk specifics, please get @ me!). But I will say that April and her friends are real and relatable. April is flawed, and she (and her friends) are aware of that fact. This story is written with humanity and sensitivity that does not blunt the sharp cleverness of the writing! Language makes this an unsuitable pick for middle grades readers, but upper schoolers and beyond who are fans of pop-culture, sci-fi, or internet culture will certainly enjoy this delightful read. I can’t wait for more!