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.
As most of you know, I am a huge fan of VE Schwab and I love everything she writes and this is no exception. What made this story stand out in particular was how character driven the story was. It begins with Addie in 1714, who was going by Adeline at the time is dealing with a lot of the societal pressures of being a woman coming of age and when she wants to rebel she makes a deal with “darkness” when she wants to live forever everything will forget her. It was a sort of deal with the devil which had a curse on life, and she was living through centuries and every time she meets someone, then they will forget about her, and then she meets a boy who actually does remember her.
I would call this a love story, but what I love most about Schwab’s writing is how character driven the story is. It would often switch from past Addie to present Addie and learning of her relationship with the curse, and a lot of the consequences that came with it. She deals with two relationships throughout the book, first with the “darkness” and then with Henry, the boy who remembers her.
Also this being a VE Schwab, the pacing is very good and I did not want to put it down, and every page meant for something and I wanted to keep going with her story and how her relationships would develop.
In the end, The Invisible Life of Addie Larue was an extremely great read and it is an extremely character driven story that you do not want to put down.