An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

A Novel

Book - 2018
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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.
Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, [2018]
ISBN: 9781524743444
1524743445
Characteristics: 343 pages ; 24 cm

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DCLadults Nov 02, 2018

A New & Noteworthy pick. The “Carls” just appeared, all at the same time, on busy streets all over the world. Are they an art installation or something alien? April May is our snarky, savvy narrator who releases the first viral video. Her life won’t be the same.

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Peggs503
Oct 19, 2018

Enjoyable, but the thinly veiled political analogies are wearing on me, and contributing to my general feeling of anxiety.

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recycledmonkeys
Oct 15, 2018

This book is amazing! I couldn't put it down.

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CupertinoJay
Oct 02, 2018

wow. just wow. best first novel ever?
ps: Avoid Spoilers!

Beatricksy Oct 01, 2018

I hate the phrase "millennial humor" -- but I think that's what this book is. The sort of humor that fills tumblr to the brim. Where random phrases are CAPSLOCKED, and characters swear in new and interesting ways, and we throw memes around like confetti. Green has great ideas about what it's like to be part of this worldwide Internet culture thing. But...other than feeling dated the minute it was published (thanks to reliance on Twitter and Facebook and the hot-topic issues of this exact moment that might not be relevant with the next twist in tech), the morals in this book are too heavy handed to be the good support the book needs. Rather than holding the book up and acting as a bone structure for the characters to work on top of, the themes become a weight that the rest of the book has to try and support. Every couple chapters, Green himself hops up on a soapbox and makes April parrot out his thoughts (see: tiers of popularity speech). It's to the point where it feels like Green's liveblog musings. Ultimately, instead of a cohesive and well-considered book with strong plot points, it's flabby and a vehicle for these blog-post moments. But it's relevant and modern and the Carls and infectious dream are cool, and I can see it being the hot new thing for a little while.

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