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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

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France, 1714. In a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever-- and cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Addie LaRue's life will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art. After nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore. He remembers her name-- and everything changes. How far will she go to leave her mark on the world?
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2020
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780765387561
Characteristics: 444 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Jul 24, 2021

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue: What an adventure! I liked this novel very much. Good writing (a few quibbles here and there, but not enough to bother the full reading), good concept and interesting characters. It switches points of view and goes back and forth in time to build a rich story. Highly recommend. Also, kudos to the jacket designer: Will Staehle. Beautiful interpretation of the novel in typography and illustration.

Jul 01, 2021

This book follows Addie throughout 300 years, from the 1700s to the present. She is afraid she’s wasting her life, so in a panic she makes a deal with a demon: she lives forever, but nobody remembers her, until in the present day, she meets Henry, the first person who can remember her in 300 years. I did like this book, but mostly because of the ending. I felt like parts of it could have gone more in depth about different historical events, since there are countless important historical events that take place during the timeframe of this book. Addie also wasn’t the most relatable or likeable main character, but that wasn't a huge issue because there is also another main character, Henry, who in my opinion was very likeable, and much more relatable. Overall, this book wasn’t perfect but I thought it was still quite enjoyable, especially the ending.

Jun 30, 2021

The description of this novel sounds like the movie The Age of Adeline starring Blake Lively.

Jun 23, 2021

Her idea was different, but...every other paragraph was about the same thing. Boring.
Could have been half as long, maybe more interesting. I had no trouble putting it down, it was hard to pick up and finish.

Jun 21, 2021

Addie loves her freedom in life, no kids, no husband, just Addie and her art. After a surprise wedding that leaves her panicked she does the one thing that she was told to never do; pray to the old gods at night. Now Addie is thrust into a deal that grants her immortality and the ultimate freedom, but all good things come with a dangerous price. No one will remember her, she can leave no mark on anything in her new eternal life. She continues her life living as a ghost, until one day the unthinkable happens. She meets a boy who remembers her.

Honestly I really loved this book. I loved the way they portrayed her curse in the book and I loved how they developed her complex relationship with the “Devil”. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who might seem interested in the genre. However, I would say this is for 14+ readers do to some more serious themes.

Jun 21, 2021

I really enjoyed it until someone pointed out the book's lack of diversity. While I would definitely recommend this book, I believe it is important to think about it critically. It was an incredibly fast read; I did not want to put it down!

Jun 16, 2021


Jun 07, 2021

I really loved the writing style of this book. The author doesn't write in a conversational, easy-to-read style like most modern books. Her style is more poetic and artful; a nod to classics. The constant conflict with the god of darkness was complex and well-done. I loved how the author always kept the evil one evil even though he softened as a way of being cunning. I kind of figured it would end the way it did, but it was different enough to not disappoint me. I was surprised by the fluid sexuality of the main characters and it threw me off a bit at first. I wasn't a fan of that but it wasn't a huge part of the story so it didn't distract me too much. I also had to ignore the logical fallacy that Addie would be forgotten once she was out of sight, yet she would get to spend a whole day with someone. Did neither person ever go to the bathroom? Those were little details to ignore, but my bigger take away was thinking about my own life up to this point. What have a I seen and experienced? What do I like and don't like? If tomorrow is the end, did I do it well? I love when fiction stories stir the heart and mind.

May 29, 2021

Loved this. It made me think of Life After Life, which I also loved. I'm not sure why because it is a very different story but there was something about the style and structure that kept me reminiscing about Life After Life.

May 28, 2021

I enjoyed this book and plowed right through it but much like Ramona Quimby's kindergarten class (bear with me) who all wanted to know how Mike Mulligan took bathroom breaks during an all-day steam shoveling job, I started to wonder how Addie's relationships lasted even a day, an evening, or both unless she followed each person into the rest room. There was a good bit of drinking going on in a lot of her encounters, and there's no way the characters got through the many hours without a bio break (hate that term but it serves the purpose). All one needed to do to forget Addie was to step outside a door, or around a corner hyper-analytical mind (in cases like this, ha) had a hard time with suspension of reality & I wish the author had figured out a work around or altered her curse a bit.

For the curious, lovely piece here about Ramona:

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LCPL_Krystyna Feb 22, 2021

“But if you only walk in other people's steps, you cannot make your own way. You cannot leave a mark.”

LCPL_Krystyna Feb 22, 2021

“Live long enough, and you learn how to read a person. To ease them open like a book, some passages underlined and others hidden between the lines.”

LCPL_Krystyna Feb 22, 2021

“The first mark she left upon the world, long before she knew the truth, that ideas are so much wilder than memories, that they long and look for ways of taking root”

LCPL_Krystyna Feb 22, 2021

“Do you know how to live three hundred years?” she says. And when he asks how, she smiles. “The same way you live one. A second at a time.”

LCPL_Krystyna Feb 22, 2021

“Blink, and the years fall away like leaves.”

LCPL_Krystyna Feb 22, 2021

“Stories are a way to preserve one's self. To be remembered. And to forget.”

LCPL_Krystyna Feb 22, 2021

“What is a person, if not the marks they leave behind?”

LCPL_Krystyna Feb 22, 2021

“Books, she has found, are a way to live a thousand lives--or to find strength in a very long one.”

Jan 03, 2021

"Nothing is all good or all bad," she says. "Life is so much messier than that."

Jan 03, 2021

History is a thing designed in retrospect.

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Jun 21, 2021

emiline767 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


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Jun 21, 2021

Other: One of the characters struggles with suicidal thoughts. This book also displays a toxic relationship between two characters.


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