The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
by V. E. Schwab
There are hundreds of reviews of this book online and I am just adding another one on this list, but I really couldn’t help myself, because people either love or hate The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and I am here to tell you why.
This book made me feel things that messed with my brain and heart a lot. It really made me question my existence altogether. Addie is a dreamer, a wonderer and all that she wants is to be free, to do as she pleases, but the 18th century french society won’t allow her to do as she wants. She is a young woman who doesn’t want to fit in the role of a mother, of an obedient wife, so she makes a deal with a devil, a god, some higher power, but a deal made by mistake just because she wants to be free.
Some people dislike this book because they thought it was boring. This happens because some described it as being the best book in the world, therefore you might have higher expectations. The first 100 pages were the hardest for me to read, they were slow, but essential for the plot. I understand those who think this book might be a bit boring, but what they don’t understand is that this book was not supposed to be about the plot, but the characters and their feelings and struggles. I truly believe that V. E. Schwab wrote this book in this style to portray Addie’s vision towards her immortal life, because life for her moved slowly until the end when she felt life everything was slipping through her fingers.
I believe this book should be read by everyone, even though you probably read fantasy, romance, classics, psychology, this book is an experience and it makes you question your life, your experiences and your beliefs. I put myself in Addie’s shoes, what would I do if no one would remember me? Would I give up on my soul or continue on trying to live day by day, moment by moment, knowing that bad things can happen, but also wonderful things? I cried for no reason during this book just because I could feel what our main character feels and it destroyed me. The ending of this book was expected but not really. I could barely read the last few pages of this book and when I tell you I loved it, I really did. I did not rate it 5 stars, but 4, just because it really moved a bit slow at the beginning.
One aspect that I really loved in this book is that Luc, our devil, demon, god, whatever you like to call him, in the end was not romanticized by Addie. Yes, she loved him at one point, but this happened because she rooted for interaction and someone that remembers her. But ultimately, he was still a villain, a soul stealer, and it is not moral to romanticize a toxic character, something that we are used to seeing in a lot of novels these days.
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