This piece was originally published in Stylist Magazine on Wednesday 26th September, 2018.
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Review: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
When 23-year-old art student April May stumbles across a strange metal object in Manhattan, she makes a quick video of it with her friend, Andy. She names what she thinks is a sculpture ‘Carl’, posts the video online and thinks nothing of it. The next morning, she wakes to find that it’s gone viral and that New York Carl isn’t a one-off – multiple Carls have appeared in cities all over the world.
Overnight, April’s life is changed forever. Suddenly, she’s one of the most important, high-profile people in the world, having broken an international story (and possibly the world’s biggest news ever). But fame, April soon finds out, isn’t just about being internationally adored. She must now battle scrutiny, online abuse, changed relationships and even radicalism, all while she and other key global figures, including the US president, try to uncover what these sculptures are, where they’ve come from and, ultimately, what they want.
The book’s author has – with the help of his New York Times best-selling author brother John Green – already racked up 8 million subscribers to their YouTube shows, CrashCourse and VlogBrothers. Hank’s solo show, SciShow, led The Washington Post to describe him as “one of America’s most popular science teachers”.
This online success means that Green is expertly equipped to capture April’s overnight fame and how it can take you from being a ‘somebody’ to a ‘someone who “happened” once’
His writing is light-hearted, clever, resonating and funny, tackling socially relevant themes, including the darker side of social media, sexuality, the naivety of youth and media representation. And just as Christelle Dabos does in A Winter’s Promise, he’ll have you caring deeply about his strong-willed female protagonist, while shining a clear, self-aware light on her flaws, too.
Fans of mystery, tension and pop culture references (specifically, the lyrics of Queen), step this way. Get ready to be absorbed in the story, glued to the book and a little more afraid of Twitter.
You can buy the book here, if you so wish.