This post contains affiliate links. What a book! When I started the first chapter of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab, I almost stopped and thought this book wouldn’t be my style. I’m glad I kept going, though, because this book is like none other that I’ve read.
About The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
The book opens in 1714 in France. Addie LaRue is 23 years old and betrothed to a man she doesn’t love. In fact, all her life, she’s had no interest in marrying. She just wants to be free to enjoy her life.
On the day of her wedding, she runs to the woods and makes a deal with a dark spirit because she’s desperate to avoid marriage and living and dying in her same small town. Naively, she doesn’t understand the repercussions of the deal. For the rest of her life, she will be “invisible.” People will see her, and then, when they or she step out of one another’s line of sight, they will forget they ever met her.
Much of the first half of the novel explores how this reality works for Addie, which is just the right length for the reader to grasp just how challenging and lonely her life is.
However, later in the book, she meets Henry, a man who astonishingly can see her and remember her, and her life changes forever.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab is an amazing book that makes us confront our own deepest desires. What would we do if those desires could be met? What would we do to make those desires a reality? Would we sacrifice everything, even our souls?
This book helped me imagine a world I had never thought of before. The book was excellent and sweeping and would make a terrific movie. (It’s slated to become a movie soon. Even my husband said he’d like to watch it.)
I highly recommend The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. Having said that, there were more romantic encounters in this book than I would have expected, but I guess that’s what happens when you live for 300 years. They are not graphic, though.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.
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