The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (Review by Anika F. ’21)

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRueThe Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The first words that escaped my lips when I got off the holds list for this book were “OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD!” Seven percent of the way through, and I knew that this book was going to be one of my favorites of all time.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue follows the long life of Addie, a girl who is cursed to be forgotten by everyone in exchange for immortality. But one day, someone remembers her.

This book is very different from This Savage Song or A Darker Shade of Magic. Schwab’s signature lyrical writing is there, but this book is heavily centered around a romance, whereas her other books have romance as subplots. This book also moves extremely slowly, switching between history and the present. Given that, I think the audience for this book will be more niche than some of her other fantasy books.

BUT OH BOY. This book was just for me. I felt every single emotion while reading about Addie’s life. I felt her pain, her frustration, her excitement, and her happiness. Victoria Schwab has a wonderful way of making us feel connected to her characters, and Addie was no different.

Now please excuse me as I enter a month-long reading slump induced by this masterpiece because nothing else will ever be this good. –Review by Anika F. ’21

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2 thoughts on “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (Review by Anika F. ’21)”

  1. I’ve heard so many mixed reviews on this book I’m not really sure what to think. Some people say it’s really repetitive and not very diverse, others say that it’s fantastic and super insightful. If you had to give any criticisms, what would they be?

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    1. Thank you for your extremely thoughtful comment. Here are some of my responses. Hope these are useful!

      Yes. This book is repetitive. The beginning is slow, but I think that it adds to the emotion behind the story. Seeing how much pain that Addie faces throughout her long life helps us empathize with her on a deeper scale.

      I can totally see how people say that the book is not very diverse. While Addie is attracted to both men and women, her sexuality is never really explored in a meaningful way. Similarly POC are not very prominent in the plot. Some reviewers have also mentioned a “not like other girls” sense around Addie. I personally didn’t think of it like that because Addie literally cannot have female friends since they all forget her, but I can totally see the point that the reviewers are making. If these things are dealbreakers in a story, then this may not be something that you enjoy.

      All of this being said, this story will probably haunt (in a good way) me for the rest of my life. As an artist, I am constantly thinking about the mark that I leave on the world, so seeing someone struggling to make her mark really resonated with me. This book, in a ways, is a love letter to art and storytelling, which are two of my favorite things.

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