The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

“There isn’t enough time, and he knows of course that there will never be. That time always ends a second before you’re ready. That life is the minutes you want minus one.”

Thank you to Tor Books for gifting me this book, and thank you to V.E. Schwab for writing such an incredible story. 

“France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly three-hundred years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.”

I read on the author’s Instagram that it took her nine years (let that sink in) to put this book together. It shows. This incredible, breathtaking, heartbreaking, resonating story reflects all of those years of research, note-taking, formulating, and creating. 

It took me a solid week to read about Addie LaRue because as much as I wanted to know her story, I also didn’t want her story to end. I didn’t want to miss a piece of her beautiful life and the world that she saw. I felt as if I were walking along beside her through this three hundred year journey of loneliness. Can you imagine? Three hundred years of being alone, of no one remembering your name, and not being able to leave so much as a footprint in the snow behind. But, yet, she did, and she became stronger with each year that passed. 

On top of telling the story of this incredible, invisible girl, V.E. Schwab also created these beautiful reflections on time that resonated within me. 

“I feel like it’s surging by so fast, and you try to reach out and grab it, you try to hold on, but it just keeps rushing away. And every second there’s a little less time, and little less air, and sometimes when I’m sitting still, I start to think about it, and when I think about it, I can’t breathe. I have to get up. I have to move.”

I felt as if the author reached into my mind and extracted these thoughts that I had tried, and failed, on multiple occasions to formulate. I still don’t think that I am doing her justice or this book that she created justice. But, I will say that it has been a long time since a book has done this to me and made me feel such real emotions. 

Schwab painted such realistic portraits of the characters and their defining characteristics that I could see them coming to life from the pages. It felt as if I were reading poetry – it was beautiful.

“Luc moves with the flu grade of wind rushing through fields of wheat, of storms rolling through the summer skies.”

While reading THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE, I kept thinking that this would make a remarkable movie, but then I would think that there is no way that a movie could ever do this story justice. I’m still torn on my feelings, but I do know one thing; I want Addie LaRue’s story to live on and. I want to read it and live it over. It is not a book that should only be read once but read again and again. 

Nine years was what it took to put this beautiful book together and, in my opinion, it was nine years well spent. Thank you, V.E. Schwab, for writing Addie’s story, I hope that your unforgettable, unerasable girl is always remembered. 

THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE will be published on October 6, 2020. You can pre-order the book now (and you should). It is also available as one of the October selection for BOTM!

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