The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Large Print - 2020
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Making a Faustian bargain to live forever but never be remembered, a woman from early eighteenth-century France endures unacknowledged centuries before meeting a man who remembers her name.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2020
Copyright Date: c2020
ISBN: 9781432883515
Branch Call Number: L FIC SCH
Characteristics: 787 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
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I am not okay. This was absolutely heartbreaking, but in the best way possible.

Addie LaRue made a deal: she will live forever, but no one will remember her. She is forced to slip through life, surviving however she can, but at least she is free. She has books, and films, and paintings, and if she is a little lonely, she can distract herself with momentary romances as she needs to. The darkness who holds her deal has other plans, though, and Addie is determined to best him, to live her life, to experience all she can.

So, wow. I will forever be in awe of V.E. Schwab and her writing. This was just so lyrical yet accessible, so beautifully written yet grounded in reality, and I did not want it to end. At all. I shed more than a few tears after I turned the last page.

Addie is such a wonderful heroine. She's full of fire, and her story is so tragic, but she never gives up - until a different kind of love changes her. And on that note, Henry is just so wonderfully relatable and tragic and heart-achingly beautiful in his own ways; a few of his chapters made me tear up, made me want to reach into the pages and just hug him.

Story-wise, this is more meandering than some may enjoy, but I thought it made the narrative seem so very personal and moving. You literally move through the centuries with Addie, learning and experiencing everything with her, and it just all took me away from reality in a way that I covet in my books. Is there a huge amount of action? No. But it wouldn't have been the same story, and I think the world needs this story exactly the way it is.

This was just the perfect combination of stunning writing, memorable characters, and a story that makes you want to rip your heart out of your chest because it's both too happy and too sad all at once. I adored it.

Oct 22, 2020

Well, I had ridiculously high standards for this book as V.E. Schwab has nailed everything she's ever written. And this books has claimed it's place as my favourite of her works. The hype around the book is real and it's so well deserved. I loved Addie Larue and following her life and journey in the way this book was written was so well done. Henry and Luc are also great side characters and it's so interesting to see how the story unfolded especially with that ending! Wow did I cry.

Oct 09, 2020

Adeline LaRue's famous seven freckle constellation graces the cover of this new release from V.E. Schwab. Even without the usual events and celebrations due to COVID-19, the title has gotten a great deal of attention. It is 2014 Addie is now 300 years old. Since she made a deal with the god of the night (an embodiment of the devil) in 1714, she has roamed the earth on her own. Never aging, but never remembered. Then she meets Henry and he remembers her. As we ponder their pairing, we realize that together they complete each other. Addie's story is much like that of the man who wrote the book of Ecclesiastes--despairing of continuing life under the sun. Book groups will find much to discuss regarding what makes life meaningful, what makes us feel loved, the role of evil in the world, and more. Some may bulk at the page count. It seemed that the historical events we see through Addie's eyes are limited. I would have loved to see more historical detail. Perhaps, though, the point was to have Adeline LaRue transcend time rather than be bogged down in it.

DCLadults Oct 07, 2020

A New & Noteworthy staff pick 2020. Adeline LaRue wishes to become immortal, and she does. But at the cost that no person will ever remember her. A lonely journey through centuries, where she is cursed to be forgotten, until one day a boy does remember her. This is storytelling at its best.


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