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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Each year thousands of members vote for our Book of the Year award—congrats to The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue!

by V.E. Schwab

Quick take

A life of immortality is not all it’s cracked up to be when no one remembers who you are. That is, until someone does.

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    400+ pages

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_LGBTQ

    LGBTQ+ themes

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    Nonlinear timeline

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Why I love it

Alix E. Harrow
Author, The Ten Thousand Doors of January

My favorite stories are the ones I’ve heard before. Partly I blame my own obsessive personality for that—I’ve reread The Blue Sword a truly upsetting number of times—and partly I think it’s a deeper human thing. We like resonance and repetition; we like to shout under bridges just to hear the echoes.

So when I say The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue feels like a book I’ve read before, I mean that as high praise. Addie is a girl who wants to be more than she is, so she makes a deal with the kind of devil whose deals are always worse than they seem. For centuries she exists in a lonely purgatory, blessed with immortality and cursed to be forgotten—until the day she meets a boy who remembers her.

See how that story echoes? See how it rings all those old bells? Crossroads at midnight and gods that come out after dark, doomed lovers and deals with devils. But Addie LaRue isn’t a retelling or a reinvention, although it feels faintly familiar. It’s a new story.

Or maybe a very old one that we all—somehow—forgot.

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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.

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Get an early look from the first pages of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue.

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  • 72% Love
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  • Newark, NY

    I haven’t read Schwab before and this was being hyped on Booktube, so I went out on a limb and I’m so glad i did. This was so beautifully written and makes me want to read more from Schwab. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Sarasota, FL

    I really enjoyed this book and the creativity to it. It invokes a sense of curiosity and make you wonder if there may be more “invisible” characters weaving in and out of our lives. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Really interesting, engrossing book. The story jumps back and forth between Addie’s history and current time. I wish her relationship with Luc had been fleshed out more, but overall ♥️ed this one. 5⭐️

  • Marshall, TX

    I genuinely enjoyed this book. The change of povs made it more interesting for me. The time skips also kept me hooked. I want to erase the last two days so i can read it again ????????????????????????????????

  • chicago, IL

    Loved the story and how it referenced art.I couldn’t put this book down . I felt like there was a lot of “fluff” between chapters that didn’t add anything to the story but it was a great read anyway.

  • Libertyville , IL

    Loved loved loved this book. It started slow for me, but then once I got into it, I couldn’t put the book down. Now that I’m finished, I’m sad I don’t have any more of Addie’s story left to read.

  • North Hollywood, CA

    I loved when Addie’s memory would be jarred by an object and remind her of some long lost segment of her life. And the sadness it caused her not being able to shout out, “hey that’s me! I was there!”

  • Alamogordo, NM

    “I remember you…” After all, that’s what we all want, right? To be remembered. I really enjoyed this book! There’s a lot of back and forth between time periods, but it makes sense to the storyline.

  • South Bend, IN

    Incredible. I did not expect to be drawn so completely into Addie’s story, or Henry’s for that matter. I couldn’t wait to pick this back up each night. Beautifully written, heart felt heartbreaking

  • Zillah, WA

    There are rarely stories that capture your mind and heart like Addie’s does. Schwab’s writing beautifully tells 300 years Addie’s life, her deal with the devil, and what happens when someone remembers

  • Long Beach , CA

    There aren’t enough words to describe this book. I fell in love with Addie and ironically enough, that’s my nickname. I thought I would be left unsatisfied with the ending but I wasn’t so thank you.

  • Buford, GA

    I absolutely LOVED this book! It is so beautifully written and had me feeling all the feels as I read. I especially loved how actual history was written into the different eras. A definite re-read. ❤️

  • Manheim, PA

    I almost gave up on this book because I found it a slow read in the beginning, Im so glad I didn’t. This book has a bit of everything; drama, love, sadness and hope. “A story you will never forget”

  • Oshkosh, WI

    Perfect! Beautifully written. I loved Addie’s story. The characters were great! I even found myself rooting for Luc and Addie’s romance for a portion of the book. There is a lot to unpack but worth it

  • Mooresville, NC

    This was one of my favorite books of 2020! Fantasy isn’t usually my genre, but I couldn’t put this book down. It is a beautifully written, creative tale that sticks with you LONG after the story ends.

  • Rio Rancho, NM

    I could have stayed engulfed in this story forever. It pulls at the imagination in playful ways. I’m a sucker for romance, but the will of Addie LaRue was just so alive. Best book I’ve read in a while

  • Heber, UT

    Beautiful story, beautiful writing! This book was magical and a perfect “get away from reality” story. So many twists and unexpected plots! Addie reminds me of me, so stubborn. loved this book so much

  • Ranson, WV

    This book pulled me into the life of a beautiful, stubborn woman who simply wanted to live her life without rules made by others. She embraced a curse and I could only root for her the entire time. ♥️

  • Willow Spring, NC

    Wow! I have never read this author before but I’m so glad I did! It is most definitely a captivating read and will leave you wanting more! Thank you, Bookstagram, for rec’ing Addie Larue! Four stars!

  • Fullerton, CA

    I don’t I’ll be able to easily forget the story of Addie LaRue. Her tale bent around parts of literature that I haven’t been able to find in a long time, definitely a read I’ll easily go back to.

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