The Invisible Life of Addie Larue: Book Review

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.

If it weren’t for the fact that I had a ton of exams and assignments this week, I would’ve finished this book faster. I loved it. Going in, I didn’t really know what would happen except that the book made a lot of people cry. It did not make me cry (only one book so far has done that when I was ten), but it was sad. And it did break my heart. Every character is so well written, even the side characters. The writing itself is gorgeous (although are we really surprised since this is V.E Schwab I’m talking about?) I think besides the heartbreaking story, the most interesting thing for me is the ‘curse’ that binds Addie and how she works within it. It is a cruel yet fascinating curse to be immortal yet also forgotten by everyone you meet. 

I will admit, I did see some of the twists coming before they happened but that didn’t stop any of them from hurting me inside. When I realized that the book was supposed to be written by Henry so that Addie could have something in the world that was hers I had to put the book down for a minute and just process. They are so cute together I just can’t deal sometimes. 

I’m trying to actually write a review that gives reasons for why I loved this book so much but I can’t find anything wrong with it. If you haven’t read this book yet. Please do. I know I’m going to go read some of her other books now.