The Invisible Life of Addie Larue is Unforgettable

invisible life of addie larueThere’s something exquisitely mysterious about this book. It’s the kind of novel that slips into your periphery as you read, so that you feel it following you around, haunting your every step. It’s the kind of novel you think you’ve witnessed before- and yet I can guarantee you’ve never seen it play out quite like this. Because, while V E Schwab has always been a very clever writer, this is the cleverest of her works.

The story, on the surface, appears to be simple: girl makes a dangerous wish and is cursed with unforeseen circumstances. However, there’s nothing straightforward about this from the start. You see, the deal itself is a curious affair. Yes, in the typical fairy tale tradition the catch costs her everything. Yes, the consequences fit the request. Yes, the devilish antagonist behind all this pulls the strings to torment her throughout. Still, there’s a part of this particular curse that ties the darkness to her, making the binds a little more complex. Unlike any other story of this nature, the deal touches both parties.

And a lot of this comes down to the fact that Addie Larue is an entirely enigmatic character. She’s a complicated protagonist, brought to life with memorable details, from the constellation of freckles on her face to the dreams she holds close to her harrowing suffering. And still, I haven’t come close to covering who she is.

Twining her life with art, we see that she is the ultimate muse. Wherever she walks she brings inspiration. Though she is frozen in time, unable to change, she does develop over the course of the narrative. It’s a subtle change, keeping the core of the character intact, but shifting her attitudes so she’s a better, bolder version of herself. I loved this expansion of confidence. And I admired how it showed her creative streak in more ways than one. And I liked how it twined with her constantly budding relationships.

Speaking of relationships, there are many that were powerfully explored. Not just romantic relationships. Friendships were given space to bloom. Romance is often featured in the book- and yet for me it was the friendships that will stand the test of time.

Even better, there is a plot worth selling your soul for. I glided through the book, unable to put it down, though I thought the path it was taking was clear. Of course, in typical Schwab fashion, she pulled a blinder at the end. Unusual, unexpected and an absolute stroke of brilliance, the ending is *perfection*. The more I think about it, the better it becomes. And I would love to talk about this in more depth- but I won’t for fear of *spoilers*. It’s the kind of story you have to watch out for yourself. One thing’s for certain: I won’t be forgetting this book in a hurry.

Rating: 5/5 bananas


So, have you read The Invisible Life of Addie Larue? Can you see yourself picking it up? Let me know in the comments!

53 thoughts on “The Invisible Life of Addie Larue is Unforgettable

  1. I started reading the book … back in October? I am still frozen at 12%. Somehow, as magic as everyone said this book is, I am not feeling it at all and I don’t know why. I am hoping it was just a mood thing and that I will love it too once I get back to it. 5 out of 5 bananas means a lot in my book.

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  2. 5 entire bananas?! This definitely sounds like an exciting book. I’ve been seeing The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue everywhere, but I wasn’t sure it was worth the hype. Now I know it most certainly is. Your review is GREAT; I love how you hint at all these details and manage to convey the quality of the book without giving anything away.

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  3. Really nice review! “Slips into your periphery as you read” is a beautiful description of Addie’s magic!

    I think Schwab’s book that comes closest to Addie is This Savage Song … in the poetic tone, and August’s struggles with his (non)humanity. But, yeah. Heartily agree that this is her masterpiece. It’s so stunning.

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  4. I am always do happy to hear this book is worth all the excitement surrounding it! I haven’t picked it up yet – I’m saving it for when I have a bit more headspace to really treat myself to it. Do you think it signifies a bit of a departure for Schwab? It sounds so different to me than her previous works

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  5. Okay, I think I’m officially sold on the book now after reading your review. I’ve been seeing so much hype about this all over bookstagram, other blog posts, goodreads, etc, but I think knowing now that you liked it this much has convinced me. I trust you 😉 Definitely going to add this to my TBR now haha!

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  6. Unforgettable is such a good way to describe this book, and so fitting for Addie’s predicament! You’ve honestly taken the words right out of my heart. This was an outstanding book, and while I thought I could see where it was going, I was dead wrong, and that made the ending so much more satisfying than I’d even expected. This was just, again, a testament to how superb of a writer Schwab is, and I’m forever going to be consuming (and being consumed by, realistically) anything and everything she does. Thank you for this excellent review!

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