Title: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Author: V.E. Schwab
Genre: Fantasy / Historical / Magical Realism
Length: 444 pages
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: October 6, 2020
Source: BOTM subscription
Recommended for fans of: beautiful, lovely, tragic things
Content Warnings: suicidal thoughts, attempted suicide, death, toxic relationship, grief, mental illness, drug use, rape
A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.
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 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.
What can I say about this book besides I loved it? The storytelling is beautiful, dreamy, and heartbreaking. The writing is poetic and dark and lovely. Addie’s resilience is absolutely inspiring. So many little details tied together in surprising ways. And the ending sticks with you.
This is a character-driven, slow building fantasy that’s more in the realm of magical realism. That might not be for every reader, but it’s the kind of story I love to get lost in. This book shows how everyone can leave a mark on the world, no matter how inconsequential your life might seem.