The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is about a young woman named Adeline LaRue who makes a deal with a god to live forever. The only cost to this bargain is that she will be forgotten by everyone she meets. Addie lives through the centuries living as a ghost to the people around her, with her only company being the same god who cursed her name. It isn’t until 300 years later where she encounters the impossible in a small bookstore in NYC: someone has managed to remember her name. The plot starts with our main character, Addie LaRue, who lives in 1714 France in a small village called Villon. In a desperate effort to escape from her unwanted marriage, Addie makes a deal with a god named Luc who grants her the wish to live forever. The only catch is that anyone who sees her will instantly forget her name. From there, the book follows Addie’s new life as a ghost, traveling from place to place trying to survive with this new curse on her. The plot’s setting is set in many countries as it follows Addie’s newfound freedom in discovering the world around her. Henry Strauss also serves as another main character in the book. He is the one who is not affected by Addie’s curse and remembers her name.
I thought the book was amazing and creative. I found that it was a bit slow in the beginning as nothing was happening, but it eventually does begin to get interesting as we learn how Addie brought this life on herself. I know the main romance was between Addie and Henry but I found myself gravitating to the relationship between Addie and Luc. I mainly just found it interesting how Addie survived living a life where everyone she knows forgets her the second they turn away. Addie became a character I found relatable to even at 300 years old. Furthermore, I didn’t see Luc as the ultimate villain in the book. He was your typical morally grey character who did seem to care for Addie despite Addie thinking otherwise.
The thing that drew me to the book was its writing style. I felt the book was written in a way in which every sentence just managed to flow together that created a book that felt beautiful in its own way. I also particularly loved the relationship between Addie and Luc. It was interesting to see how their feelings towards each other changed over the years as Addie continued living her eternal life with Luc being the only reminder of her old life. The number one thing I did dislike is the ending mainly because it did leave it open for a sequel even though this book was strictly standalone.
Reviewed by Tasnia, Libbie Mill Library