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REVIEW: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

Updated: Jun 4, 2019

"The power that each of us has over complete strangers to make them feel terrible and frightened and weak is amazing."


Hank Green, brother of young adult novelist John Green, brings a one-of-a-kind novel in An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. The premise is an interesting one: a young woman in New York stumbles upon a statue in the middle of the street in the early hours of the morning and decides to film a video for the internet about it as a joke. Turns out that these statues appeared from nowhere across the world and she was probably the first person in contact with the 'Carls'. She then becomes the star of the situation and the book is her story.

Firstly, the beginning paragraph immediately grabbed me because of the way the narrator talks. She's definitely not particularly likeable but she tells you that straight away. It's honestly like nothing I've read before (and I like to think that I've read a decent amount)! I couldn't put it down, and spent my time thinking 'when do I next have a moment to read it?' which is exactly what I want in a book. I'll be the first one at the bookshop whenever the sequel comes!

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*Please note this was given to me by the publisher free of charge.

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