Another contemporary? Must be summer.
This time I have been reading An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. This tells the story of April May, a young designer from New York City who manages to stumble upon a giant structure at 3am. For some reason, she calls her friend and records a video about it, naming it Carl. When she wakes up, she discovers that her video went viral and is swiftly swept up in a new life.
What I loved the most about this story is the character of April May herself. She is the narrator, recounting the ways in which she – and her life- changed. She is painfully honest as she does so, speaking with a wit and frankness that I found incredibly appealing. Hank Green has created a wonderfully complex character in April May who seamlessly guides us through her remarkable story.
You see, it is clear to me that An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is a testament to Hank Green’s imagination. Its plot is bonkers, in the very best way. It is entertaining and ridiculous all at once. More than that, however, it is also incredibly relevant. Through a story about giant robot statues in big cities, Hank Green offers an insightful commentary on our society’s obsessions, not all of which are wholly positive. As a blogger and big fan of the internet in general, I found it particularly interesting to see the way the online world and the real world got blurred for April May and Carl. This book certainly got me thinking about fame, social media and the way we choose to present ourselves to the world. For all this is a fun contemporary, it handles some pretty hefty and modern topics. I love it all the more for that.