Adeline (Addie) LaRue is a young woman living in France in the 1700s and is unhappy with her life. She feels like her world is crushingly small. Her family expects her to marry off and have children, but that is the last thing that Addie wants to do. She longs to be her own, to be free to make her own choices and live the way she wants. So…she makes a deal with the god who answers after dark.
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.
This book was something else, and I mean that in a positive way. I finished it a few days ago and my brain is still trying to process the events and emotions from this book.
I have to be honest here and say that I wasn’t initially intending to read Addie when I heard it came out last month. However, literally all the reviews that I came across were overwhelmingly positive. People that read this book LOVED it, thought it was the best thing they’d ever read in a long while.
I finished this book last Wednesday and I totally get why people are so enamored with this book. The premise itself is unique, and the way Schwab tells Addie’s story is devastating. Watching Addie lose her family, her friends, her mentors – oof, it was rough.
Addie’s story unfolds through time jumps – we visit Addie through her past from the 1700s on and through the present, which in this book is in 2014. The writing style was like honey – slow to move but sweet because it painted such vivid pictures. It allows the reader to become deeply connected to the book and to Addie’s story.
This is my only criticism about the book itself: the writing and pacing was languid. Unhurried. More intent on letting you have little pieces here and there that would help tell Addie’s full story later.
As someone who needs high pacing to stay interested in the story, I was struggling to stay invested in Addie by time I was done with the first quarter of the book. I think if I hadn’t been reading it for Tome Topple, I would have DNF’ed this book and found something else to read.
Overall, though, I’m glad I finished the story. There were a few surprising twists at the end, and I’m grateful that I was able to help remember Addie.