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 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.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2020
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781432883515
Characteristics: 787 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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ArapahoePaige Jan 15, 2021

To escape her fate and live on her own terms, Addie La Rue accidentally prays to the shadows. The god who answers grants her wish but with the condition that no one remember her. For 300 years Addie struggles with herself and the god to find love and meaning. Until someone remembers her.

Jan 10, 2021

What a great storyline! And I Loved it. And I skimmed a LOT, though. And it was mostly filler and I got bored. And It could have been half as long. And I don’t enjoy an abundance of short, choppy sentences... And I don’t think I’ve read the word, And, so many times in a book before.
It’s not likely that I will read this author again.

Jan 04, 2021

Not bad by any means, just not my taste. Very long winded. Not plot-driven, but not particularly strong character development either. But a lot of people like the writing style! I might try some other books by this author.

Jan 02, 2021

A totally amazing story. The first 200 pages are a mite dull, lots of repetition, but once one gets past that the crux of the story is revealed and then it truly takes off. Plus the reader will realize that the 200 pages of boredom has set the stage for what's going on now. Totally terrific book!

Dec 31, 2020

Laurie recommendation.

Dec 28, 2020

on Carol's reading in progress on Goodreads

Dec 22, 2020

I don't know how to rate this- I loved it but at the same time I just felt uncomfortable about the relationship between Luc and Addie. Anybody else??

Dec 17, 2020

Schwab is one of my favourite authors and this book doesn't disappoint. I'm not one to cry while reading, but the final chapters of Addie LaRue had me teary eyed. Adeline LaRue does not want to get married and prays to the gods to let her remain free. Unfortunately, the wrong god answers her prayers. A deal is made, leaving Addie immortal but doomed to be forgotten by everyone she meets--a type of freedom she didn't bargain on. Yet Addie is clever and defiant and finds a way to make her mark through art. Then she meets Henry, someone who can actually remember her, but Henry has also made a deal with the devil, one that will shatter both he and Addie's brief happiness. Addie's loneliness and pain are palpable and heartbreaking. An amazing tale, filled with gut wrenching angst, that makes the reader consider what kind of mark he/she will leave on the world. I recommend anything by Schwab. A fantastic author!

forbesrachel Dec 15, 2020

For Adeline LaRue, it all starts with her desire for freedom. Her certainty that she does not want her life limited to the role of wife and mother in 1714 France. Left with no decision, she rashly makes a deal with an old god she should not have, a god of darkness who wants her soul. Her life from then on is bound by rules; namely, she will live forgotten by all. But as she learns to navigate the grey areas of her curse, she finds more moments to enjoy new places and wonders. She also manages to leave her mark as a muse for artists worldwide. Then the woman with seven constellation-like freckles meets Henry. Another bound by a curse, and the first to remember her. Everything changes for both of them, even though a deal with the dark cannot be undone.
Schwab has crafted an unforgettable tale about memory, legacy, and freedom. Her character of Addie perseveres for 300 years against her own darkness, just as much as the literal one. She herself mirrors all that women have gone through; the struggle to not be limited to a traditional role, and the patience it takes to win against a dominant force. Henry on the other hand, struggles in a different way. Without purpose, and defined by others, he battles with depression. Both of the characters tell their own story, swapping back and forth frequently enough that we can build a connection and understanding of them. While Henry's is kept to recent years, we see more glimpses of Addie's past. In either case, Schwab gives us just enough to slack our curiosity while keeping the focus on relevant developments, especially Addie's changing relationship with the dark.
The almost melancholic tone endears these two to us. But there is also a timeless, ethereal quality. While the emotions range from warmth and delight to tears and tension, the ending rings to one tone...immense satisfaction. The story of Addie LaRue is one that we can take heart from, for no matter who she faces, she will never be owned.

Nov 21, 2020

Silent Reader Recommendation

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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.

Jan 03, 2021

Memories are stiff, but thoughts are freer things. They throw out roots, they spread and tangle, and come untethered from their source.


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