The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

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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: New York : Tor, 2020.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780765387561
Characteristics: 444 p. ; 25 cm.

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WPL_Erin Mar 04, 2021

“Because happiness is brief, and history is lasting, and in the end, everyone wants to be remembered”

Absolutely stunning novel. An incredible story about what it means to be human, to be lonely and the impact we leave on the world.

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Rubytuzday77
Mar 03, 2021

I don't read fiction much (typically biographies) but I loved this book! Even though the story jumps back & forth in time, the author did so artistically and with purpose, to help build the story & suspense.  The premise is not flawless, but that's easily forgivable since the story is so unique and captivating.  Great character development and perfectly timed plot twists.  Made me think about how I would survive in a world of reverse dementia where I remembered everything but no one remembered me. 

LCPL_Krystyna Feb 22, 2021

There are no words to put together to form a proper review for this work of art. This book is literal perfection. I loved this book so much and it is definitely a favorite book of all-time for me. The writing is beautiful and the story is unforgettable. I will always remember you Addie Larue.

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rpakrasi
Feb 20, 2021

The novel follows a young woman named Addie LaRue, who is living in early eighteenth century France. This historical fiction meets fantasy story explores Addie's relationships with others as well as herself, when her whole life is thrown off course by one decision
While the idea of the story was interesting, it was repetitive and slow in the beginning. It took a long time for the plot to begin. Overall, it was a nice book to read once but I would not revisit it.

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dandetiger
Feb 07, 2021

Good, but kind of long and repetitive (which I think was a deliberate artistic choice, since Addie herself is bored of a repetitive and empty life). It's very similar to A Witch in Time by Constance Sayers, another 2020 book that I enjoyed but where I had some discomfort with the romance and relationships.

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midori_hon
Feb 03, 2021

inventive and trippy, but also ephermeral. probably could have been at least 50 pages shorter without missing much content.
a book i don't regret reading but doubt i will ever revisit.

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Ginsilver
Jan 31, 2021

Cursed so that no one remembers her, Addie LaRue moves through time as a ghost, not really belonging anywhere. We catch up to her as she moves through history and ends up in New York ... where she meets a guy in a bookstore and her world changes. Really enjoyed this one!

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.

LoganLib_Sheridan Jan 11, 2021

I have been so excited for this book and it was well worth the wait! Schwab just gets better and better. Not to mention I think she does adult better than she does MG or even YA though her 'adult' books tend to find a YA market.

This was just such an interesting story showing the complexities of life when you can't leave a mark on the world... not directly anyway. Addie has discovered a very different way of living and the different ways she lives and events she lives through throughout history is interesting to see.

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If I'm being honest though Addies relationships tugged the wrong way just a bit. I thought the relationship between Addie and Luc was very interesting and spanned over 300 years. He says she's no longer human and she says he can't love but why? I think Addie got scared and pulled out of what could have been an interesting relationship. There is the issue though tha he still kept asking her to surrender.

Her relationship with Henry was orchestrated by Luc and I wonder if they would have fallen in love if everyone could see Addie and Addie wasn't the only one who thought Henry was perfect. Like it worked but even Addie wasn't sure she loved him. She's a 300 year old ghost I'm not sure how that relationship would have gone. He would need to provide for them both and he'd be constantly reintroducing her to friends and family.

Would she have made a deal for them to become human and live out their lives together? Could she have given up her freedom and immortality for life with him? I'm not so sure she would.

I think the ending is interesting and do agree that two immortals will get sick of each other. I don't think Luc quite knows what he is asking for in that regard. I think he probably will get sick of her regardless of her scheming or not.

Obviously I still have a lot of thoughts to unpack about this amazing book and I love that Schwab's book always get you thinking.

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Kidbean
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.

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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.”

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yulker
Jan 03, 2021

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

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yulker
Jan 03, 2021

History is a thing designed in retrospect.

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