An Unforgettable Story



“The Invisible Life of Addie Larue” by V.E. Schwab (Macmillan)

Tiffanie Richerme, Copy editor

   V.E. Schwab’s twentieth book, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, is flying off bookshelves, and for good reason. The fantasy novel earned 4.4 stars on Goodreads, and made its way to the New York Times Bestseller list. So what makes this novel so appealing?
  The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue tells the story of Adeline “Addie” LaRue, a girl born in late 17th century France who makes a deal with a god of sorts when she is twenty-three. The bargain twists her wish—to belong only to herself and have time to explore the world—by making her immortal and unable to leave a mark or be remembered. Addie struggles with the terms of the deal, especially throughout the first few decades, but she is determined to keep living just to spite Luc, the god she made the deal with. However, Addie eventually meets Henry Strauss in 21st century New York, who seems to break the curse by remembering her.

   The novel jumps around dates with a nonlinear timeline, taking the reader back and forth through Addie’s past and present in order to explain Addie’s actions, fears and experiences. This form of storytelling enriches Addie’s own story and allows readers to glimpse a few of the major historical events Addie has lived through. 

   In addition to the format of storytelling, the writing was beautiful, and kept me wanting to read more. Schwab succeeded in creating three-dimensional characters with many layers that kept me guessing what would happen next. Both the platonic and romantic relationships in the story felt life-like, and the unpredictable interactions between Addie and Luc will keep the reader on the edge of his/her seat.

   Not only were the writing and characterization superb, but the plot itself is enough to earn it a spot on the bestseller list. There were so many exciting twists and turns, but at the same time, the smaller moments, like a conversation between Addie and Henry in a bookstore, held just as much interest and significance as the bigger ones.

   So what makes The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue so appealing? I would have to say the rounded characters, superb storytelling and dynamic plotline along with its almost nostalgic feel have made this book unique. Schwab’s twentieth novel has become one of my favorites, and it will definitely be one I reread.