So the only thing I read this week was An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. This is for a couple of reasons– reading time + length of book = limited amount I can read a week, this last week was pretty busy, etc. — but that is not to say that AART is a long book that is difficult to read. On the contrary, I had to fight to put it down each time I picked it up. If I didn’t have to sleep, I would have read the whole thing at once as soon as I got my hands on it. This review will have spoilers, but I’ll try to keep them contained to one section that you can easily skip if you haven’t finished it yet.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is the premiere novel of Hank Green, one half of the Vlogbrothers, CEO and founder of several small internet companies, and proud nerd. It is a New Adult Science Fiction novel about a 23-year-old post-graduation, pre-career art student named April May, who is rocketed to internet stardom after she and her friend Andy make a viral video about the sudden appearance of a strange statue on 23rd Street in New York City. As it turns out, multiple copies of these statues, who are all named Carl after a joke April made in her video, have appeared all around the world at once, and all seem to be the exact same. Through a series of puzzles, a few calls from the President of the United States, and some very weird dreams, April has to figure out why the Carls are there and what it is they actually want.

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