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A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor

(The Carls #2)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  20,402 ratings  ·  3,322 reviews
April May and the Carls are back in the much-anticipated sequel to Hank Green's #1 New York Times bestselling debut novel, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing.

The Carls disappeared the same way they appeared, in an instant. While they were on Earth, they caused confusion and destruction without ever lifting a finger. Well, that’s not exactly true. Part of their maelstrom was th
Hardcover, 452 pages
Published July 7th 2020 by Dutton
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Nov 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Okay - um? One of the best sequels ever?

How was this NOT written during the pandemic! The themes are so relevant to so many societal thoughts today.

If you've read the first one, you're gonna want to read this ASAP. And if you haven't read AN ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE THING it!
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
(3.75) Once again, some interesting concepts.

Personally I did prefer book one (unpopular opinion?) but I like how accessible this sci-fi is even for non-sci-fi readers!

Will complete this review later.
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, favorites, lgbt
5/5 WOW WOW WOW! I was ever so lucky to get an advanced pdf of this book from Hank (coolest moment of my life ngl) Anywho, this was a great continuation and conclusion to this story. I was on the edge of my seat throughout this entire book! It was action packed and hard hitting. All in all this book was really good, and I may even like it more than the first. It was great being able to see into other characters perspectives and learn more about them. Now can everyone pleeeaase read it asap so i ...more
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
this cover is a foolish endeavor and there is nothing beautiful about it

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Sleepless Dreamer
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the midst of a severe procrastination session, I opened Google Maps Streetview and randomly began roaming around. I'm sure we've all done that before (and if not, you absolutely should) but somehow especially right now there was something heartwarming and breathtaking about seeing the streets of Nairobi, a family having a picnic next to a river in Brazil, a scenic waterfall in Iceland, a busy street in Seoul, a long and winding road in northern Canada and so much more, all blending together i ...more
*Insert coherent sentence about how great and scary and relevant and poignant this book is here*

"Your cruelties and mistakes may look damning to you, but that is not what I see. Every human conversation is more elegant and complex than the entire solar system that contains it. You have no idea how marvelous you are, but I am not only here to protect what you are now, I am here to protect what you will become. I can't tell you what that might be because I don't know. That unknown is a diamond in
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020

I think a lot of other people will like this, but this was vastly inferior to the first book. I hated the multiple POVs, I hated a lot of the tropes, I found it ultimately boring and anticlimactic but I still really love these characters and this world and how much social commentary Hank makes on our current world. Also I know this was written far before COVID but it’s spooky how much commentary it makes on the current state of our world lol
Jul 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
AART was one of my favorite books last year, so I was really looking forwards to this sequel. On the whole I mostly enjoyed ABFE and found parts of it thought-provoking, funny, or just downright entertaining. The main characters go through a LOT of development and I found each of their arcs fairly well-written, and I love them all as in team working together; I feel like that's when they're all at their best. Maya in particular I felt invested in: she's a really interesting character and I'm so ...more
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3.5 ⭐'s

When An Absolutely Remarkable Thing came out, I was incredibly excited (and I wasn't disappointed). I was still excited for this second book to come out, but I need to be honest: I expected to not it enjoy all too much. It's not like I thought the book would be bad or anything like that, but my reading tastes changed quite a bit in the past two years and I realized that YA really isn't my kind of genre anymore.
So I can't tell you enough how pleasantly surprised I was when
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This probably isn't necessary, but in the spirit of full disclosure, I once (years ago now) worked for a company that Hank Green owned. However, I obtained a copy of this book with my own money and idk Hank probably will never see this lol.


Why you may not like this book: To get the obvious out of the way, if you didn't like An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, you probably won't like this. Our gang of smart, witty and sometimes messy 20-s0methings are back and in more trouble th
Flora⁷ ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ
not as good as the first one but this book mentioned BTS so its still a win
I give this beautiful eyesore of a book five stars.

Well, 4.5 rounded up.

I kind of don't know what to say about this book! It was a lot! And, honestly, I liked the first book in this duology (3.5 stars worth), but it didn't blow my socks off or anything. This one kind of did. I think there was a huge jump in quality here, but also a huge jump in scale. There was a focus on April in the first one that kept the story more intimate and smaller, not to mention that Carl was still a huge mystery even
Lea (drumsofautumn)
“I think part of the point of loving someone is being able to deal with their brokenness.”

HANK GREEN!!!! YOU ARE!!!!!!!!! A GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Like this duology is fucking perfect. The Science Fiction aspect perfectly paired with theme of what it means to be human in the 21st century... the commentary on social media... the complexity of ALL THE CHARACTERS and their relationships (also fucking kudos for writing one of my favourite f/f relationships).... I am just so in love. SO
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listen up, readers who are open to audiobooks! This completion of Hank Green’s “The Carls” duology is marvelous on audio. Not only do multiple narrators bring the different characters to life, but there’s a lengthy bonus discussion between Green and Cory Doctorow about writing and the influence of social media on society. (This last bit is the cherry on top, and it’s mind boggling to me that it doesn’t seem to be promoted anywhere.)

A few ground rules: 1. You really need to have read/listened to
This sequel had a surprisingly unexpected story - it was really well done!!!

My review is finally live on the blog.
Abby Russo
Aug 03, 2020 rated it liked it
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Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked the story for the most part, but there were a few things that irked me while reading:

1. Most of Hank's female characters feel like they're written by a man.
2. The references to youtube, social media and pop culture feel very current and "now". It feels like it might not hold up in a few years.
3. There was just too much moral exposition for my taste. I wish his editor would have said, "it's okay mate, the readers will figure it out themselves"

All in all, an enjoyable (though sometimes f
Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)
Holy. Fucking. Shit. My mind has been blown, my heart has been filled, my crops have been watered. This is the best thing I have read in ages; I almost feel like I need to go back and reread the whole thing now, because it was just that good. I need some time to gather my thoughts before writing an actual review, but...damn.

I hope my profanity has made it clear just how beyond words I am right now. Hank Green, you brilliant bastard. I love this so much, and the ending was perfect.
Aishwarya (Mindscape Reviews!)
Contains some spoilers!

After 10 difficult days, I have finally finished reading Hank Green’s ‘A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor'. This book was supposed to take me out of my reading slump, but instead it put me far down below. I have rated it at 1.5/5! First of all, I want you all to know that I love Hank Green. He is the kind of nerd-king I worship. I also immensely loved his first book ‘An Absolutely Remarkable Thing’. This is why I had HIGH HOPES from the second book. But, imagine my pain, when
Lucy Tonks
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! This was so much better than An Absolutely Remarkable Thing and I just had such a great time reading it.

The plot was amazing. I had such a fun time reading this book! I loved seeing how everything that happened in the previous book impacted the world. How people were coping with it. In this book we had more than one POV. And strangely, I never felt like I like one more than the other. Usually when I read a book with two or more POVs, there's usually one that I like more than
Isabelle | Nine Tale Vixen


Apologies to all other 2020 releases, but THIS just shot up to the top of my Most Anticipated list.
Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
HOLY. my brain hurts from trying to conceptualize everything in this book, but I loved the themes and conversations it had. This instalment was definitely more sprawling than the first but I think Hank really does get to the heart of humanity and beautifully displays the many ways we are flawed. I'm definitely gonna miss Carl and the crew and I'm DEFINITELY going to be thinking about the issues this duology raises for a long time coming.

Also highly recommend the audiobook for the bonus conversat
shopping for a moon
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves, sci-fi
Hell yes, I felt my synapases grow reading this book!
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's brilliant.

It's rather hard to write a honest-to-god review for a book (duology) written by someone you idolize. I love Hank. I don't know Hank; I follow him and his various endeavors for years and am always in awe. We don't always agree, but it definitely is most of the times and I do enjoy most of his projects.

Yet, this book is awesome. It has both great plot and great characters and is written very nicely. I gasped out loud reading this. I felt stress and fear - or whatever those emotio
Emily Polson
Hank Green’s A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor picks up in the aftermath of his first book, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. Following the shocking death of April May, her friends navigate a world that is reeling from the sudden disappearance of the aliens known as “Carls” and the collective dream landscape they took with them.

The first book offered a gripping look at one woman’s experience with first contact and viral fame, but the sequel is far more ambitious in its scope. It dives right into the
Emmy Brett
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent excellent book, both on its own and for the current moment. You’d think that a piece of fiction that deals with the dangers of capitalism, social media, undersupervised science, and general societal unrest would end up getting bogged down in the process, but Green keeps things moving at such a pace that you never really have a chance to realize how much he’s managed to pack into such a short period of time, or how thoroughly and eloquently he’s managed to address each point. ...more
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
You MUST read book one first. If you don't you will be both lost and miss out on the world building.

Awesome book. So many things to think about. Connection. Humanity. It's such a great character journey for all of these characters through both books. They all go through times where you hate them, where you love them, and when they figure out their shortcomings some of them make the decisions to change and others don't. And it's both realistic and still gives me hope for the future. The
Julie Zantopoulos
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book took me longer than usual to read, but that was on me and not the book. I ended up loving this book...heck, I shed a few tears. As a lover of psychology and the human condition, I adored this book. I gave four stars to the first book and I have been sitting here wondering what to rate this and why to also give it four stars...but I can't come up with it's getting 5. ...more
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A rare sequel that is truly better than the original, which was also excellent. An excellently written, if a bit too close to home sometimes, book about our digital lives.
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Hank Green started making YouTube videos in 2007 with his brother, John. They thought it was a dumb idea, but it turned out well. He is now the CEO of Complexly, which produces SciShow, Crash Course and nearly a dozen other educational YouTube channels, prompting The Washington Post to name him "one of America's most popular science teachers." Green co-founded a number of other businesses, includi ...more

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