Why You Should Read ‘The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue’

From the FYPs of readers on TikTok to bookstores, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E Schwab is what everybody is talking about. And why wouldn’t they when the book has a protagonist that’s like a breath of fresh air and a painful and damning curse? While the story begins in 1714 France, the book itself starts in modern-day NYC.

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Can’t decide on what to read next? We recommend The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue, and here’s why.

Another Day, Another Stranger

Within the first few chapters of the book, readers already know something off about the protagonist, Addie. Starting with the fact that she never used her own name, or seemed like she couldn’t to the realization that she should be over three hundred years old. Most importantly, no one she meets can ever seem to remember who she is. That is until someone does.

The Good…

Right off the bat, the writing in this book is of a higher caliber. Even with the setting and time switching almost every other chapter, and with the point of view switching every so often, the story flows coherently. The writing made the story easy to read with little confusion.

The writing skill shines brightest in the makeup and actions of the protagonist and surrounding characters. For lack of a better word, Addie seems to be the first character that feels real. Her everyday actions and reactions and how she processes major events in her long life are downright human. Addie doesn’t feel like a wooden puppet of a main character who is impossible to relate to. Instead, readers sympathize, and even empathize, with Addie’s simple wants of love and freedom. Readers can laugh with her and ache with her.

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…And the Bad

While the negative factors of the book are few and far between, they are still there. (SPOILERS AHEAD!) To some, the end of the book may seem unsatisfying with the antagonist winning. This is even more disappointing when the reader finds out the book is a standalone, and the end is just that—the end. And it comes practically out of nowhere. The whole last hundred pages feels almost rushed.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a book that will make you sit in awe after you finish it, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is the one. In a perfect paradox, Addie LaRue is the most unforgettable forgotten character you will ever have the pleasure of meeting. So do yourself a favor, head over to your closest bookstore, and get a copy of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue.