An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
While hurrying along a Manhattan street, April May accidentally makes first contact with what might be an art installation, or might be an Alien Being. Launching her viral video of the encounter, “April May the Art Student” makes herself into “April May the Brand”, gathering views and likes across the internet. As more of the alien mystery reveals itself, April must navigate her online persona, without destroying herself and her relationships, or even losing her life.
While not strictly marketed for YA, this book has all the great elements to be recommended to our YA crowd: accurately and keenly portraying the social media sphere that our YAs are immersed in, written by Hank Green, a well-known online figure, intriguing sci-fi mystery, excellent relationships between characters, an LGBTQ main character, and a female, new adult protagonist. It won 2 Goodreads Reader Choice awards. For readers who enjoy a flawed but self-aware main character and a funny, fast-paced story, this is a great pick.
Readers who enjoy quirky contemporary fiction and books with a bit of mystery like Paper Towns, or internet stardom like FanGirl, will enjoy this book. It is a great choice for those who do most of their reading in 144 characters, and who might be interested in the lives of the “very rich in likes/views.”
–Cathy Outten currently reading Dig by A.S. King