Lively, absorbing, and original, Hank Green's debut novel offers lots of food for thought in a refreshing and engaging way, with an appealing, funny protagonist and very compelling story. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing explores fame, celebrity, power, uncertainty, fear of the unknown, friendship, selfishness, media frenzy, and more. But it does all that in an entertaining and engaging way thanks to plenty of humor, a narrator who's easy to relate to even as you watch her make one mistake after another, and a well-structured plot that keeps the pages turning as it moves in unexpected directions.
The present-day setting and thorough grounding in the here and now make it a terrific option for readers who aren't usually drawn to science fiction. It also adds relevance to the many issues teens will relate to surrounding social media, celebrity influence, and how people respond to things they don't understand. The ending leaves the door wide open, and fans will be glad to know that a sequel is planned. Mild sexuality, some strong language, and brief violence make it best for high-schoolers and up.