Review of “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing” by Hank Green

Green, Hank. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. New York: Dutton, 2018.

Hardcover | $26.00 USD | ISBN-13: 978-1524743444 | 343 pages | Science Fiction

4 stars

I picked this one up despite not being in my typical genre, because it was chosen for the SuperCarlinBrothers’ inaugural Book Club. I was very much hoping it would be better than the standard YouTube book and the impressions I had picked up regarding the saccharine nature of John Green’s books.

And indeed it is. Hank Green draws on his ten years of experience as a YouTuber to craft a story that feels very relevant to our social media-saturated age, and the interesting world of Internet fame. And while April May as a character isn’t always likable, her narration is still fun. I must also praise Green for writing from a bisexual woman’s perspective and avoiding cliches you often see when men write women.

I wasn’t as taken with the science fiction elements, especially towards the end, and that genre can be very hit-or-miss to begin with. However, it was still done relatively well, even if it did feel a bit awkward to me at times.

I would recommend this to those who are looking for an intelligent fiction book about our current culture, but also provides a great form of escape as well.

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