In July 1714, a young girl named Addie makes a deal with the devil in a moment of desperation. She asks for freedom, and is given the gift of living forever - however, nobody remembers her. As soon as she is out of their line of sight, or a door closes, they forget that she existed.
Addie learns over three centuries that while she may not be remembered, there are still ways in which she can leave her mark on the world. Her face is interpreted by artists throughout time, and songs are composed about her.
But everything changes when after 300 years, a boy in a bookstore remembers her name.
I enjoyed The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue by V.E. Schwab, but I was sort of left deflated at the end. I felt like in all her years, Addie never learned the big lessons. She floated around like a teenager for 300 years. But reading about what it felt like to not be remembered was jarring. I couldn't even wrap my head around the idea. Every time she realized she was going to be forgotten, my heart broke for her. The book is popular, and I understand why. The premise of living forever is something we have all thought about at one point or another I'm sure. The storytelling is well done, and it kept me captivated, although the beginning was a little slow for me. Overall, it was a book I enjoyed.
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