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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (WITH SPOILERS)

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.


CONTAINS SPOILERS!

Wow. Just wow. I don’t have the proper words for this book, but I need to get my feelings out.

I expected to love it as soon as I read the blurb, it promises an epic story and oh it delivers. I drew me in, surprised me so many times, made me fall in love with characters, gave me a crisis because of my own mortality and became one of my favorite reads in my entire life.

The story starts out in the early 18th century when Addie LaRue makes a deal with the devil (or whatever Luc is). She gets immortality but the price is that no one she meets can remember her. Three hundred years later, someone does.

Somewhere in the beginning there was a mention of the seven freckles Addie has, and that the freckles are there for the seven lives she’ll lead and seven loves she’ll have, so I assumed the book will be like that – after all, there are seven parts to it. Instead the story switched between past and her meetings with Luc to the present time and her relationship with Henry. My only complaint is that there’s too much space given to Henry’s story and not enough to Addie’s. Henry was interesting at first but never as much as Addie and at some point I got tired of him.

The best part of the story is the relationship between Addie and Luc, the way it evolves and changes them both, from that first meeting when she’s a scared girl, desperate for freedom and for life and he is whatever he is, making another deal for another soul like he always does; to the end when they’re together, him satisfied knowing that she is his now, and her, planning her revenge, planning to ruin him and have true freedom at last, no matter how long it takes.

In that last chapter, when Addie is thinking about her new deal with Luc and how he made a mistake, I thought, please don’t ruin this for me now, I was rooting for those two to somehow end up together, just let them be. But the idea of Addie wanting revenge makes sense, even though I feel like no matter what, they will somehow always end up together because neither of them has anyone else and eternity is a long time to be alone. The love/hate relationship they have continues and for me, it pushes all the right buttons.

I just finished reading the book, so my head is full of feelings and I’m writing this to get them out. There are many things I wanted to mention in the review but the ending is taking up too much space in my head and I can’t think of anything else right now. Is it even the end? Because Addie’s final plan could make a whole new book.

This book has given me, or actually simply revived, my own crisis when it comes to mortality and the passing of time. There’s never enough time for life, but I don’t agree with Henry’s idea that a short life means repeated experiences are a waste of time. Reading this book, for example, is an amazing experience that I will come back to many many more times.

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