An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (Green) - Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions
We'll add publisher questions if and when they're available; in the meantime, use our LitLovers talking points to help start a discussion for AN ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE THING … then take off on your own:

1. April May unwittingly finds herself at the center of a media frenzy. Talk about the effect all the attention has on her life. How well does she cope with being an internet sensation? How does she change? Think about yourself: would you want that kind of unanticipated fame; how do you think you would be able to cope?

2. Follow-up to Question 2: How does fame affect a person's sense of themselves: their identity? Hank Green has said that "the act of seeking fame is the act of seeking dehumanization." How does this play out in his novel? Consider, too, the role of the internet and the way it increases fame exponentially—is that a good thing, bad thing …or an absolutely remarkable thing?

3. Follow-up to Question 1 & 2: Why do so people desire fame? What is its attraction? What about you—any desires for fame, or to become a "brand"?

4. How do you respond to the novel's other characters: Andy and Maya, especially, but also Miranda and Robin?

5. Are Peter Petrawicki and his followers realistically drawn?

6. The Carls' motivations are only hinted at, never made explicit. How do you see their motivations?

7. Follow-up to Question 6: What do the Carls tell humanity about itself? How does the author contrast them with who we humans are (or who we think we are)?

8. How do you take The Dream? What do you think it means?

9. The novel's ending: will there be a sequel to An Absolutely Remarkable Thing?

(Questions by LitLovers. Please feel free to use them, online and off, with attribution. Thanks.)

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