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Review of A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor (The Carls #2) by Hank Green

This ending to Green's duology has tremendous heart without ever flirting with sappiness, deep meaning without being pedantic, and it felt blissfully, naturally, and gloriously quirky and lovely.

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor is Hank Green's sequel to An Absolutely Remarkable Thing and the final book in his Carl saga. It features the fantastic characters from book one, and the plot picks up with a new version of the fight to save humanity from interfering extraterrestrials.


Green tells his funny, poignant, tech-focused story through characters' alternating viewpoints, and April May--who died at the end of book one--manages to reemerge.

The characters' desires for reinvention and redemption are really interesting to me, as is the continued examination of the two-sided blessing and curse of social media and of technology in general.


I just love love loved A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor so much. It has tremendous heart without ever flirting with sappiness, so much meaning without being pedantic, and it felt naturally and gloriously quirky and lovely. Like Mary Poppins, this story is practically perfect in every way.


For my review of the first book in this series, please see An Absolutely Remarkable Thing.

Do you have any Bossy thoughts about either book in this series?


Where oh where are more books by Hank Green?


I didn't realize until recently that the author is brothers with the prolific and talented young adult author John Green. They also apparently put out science videos on YouTube, which I clearly need to watch.