It’s November, which means it’s time for our Book Club to review a monthly read and Candice has been reading a fantasy novel that you’ll never forget…
The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be immortal? I’m sure we all have at some point, for me that question has been asked and answered as the Invisible Life of Addie LaRue takes you on a journey through time in such a way that you feel every moment, every step, every tear and every heartbreak.
We begin in France, 1714 where a young woman Addie LaRue flees from her wedding and makes a bargain with the “darkness” to escape a mundane ordinary life in exchange for her soul, with the condition that he can have her soul “when she is done with it” – granting her immortality. However, making deals with gods tend to come with a price, and Addie soon learns that she is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets and loses her identity – unable to say her name, or tell her story.
However, she learns that she can influence people and plant ideas. So through a series of “flashbacks” we go on a 300 year journey as Addie leaves traces of herself through time, usually in artistic work such as paintings and music.
Then one day in 2014, Addie meets a boy called Henry who works in a bookstore in New York City who remembers her – confused by the anomaly Addie grows close to Henry but he also has a secret, which could be enough to bring an end to Addie LaRue.
A really great thing about this book is the fact it showcases the power words can hold. So, much of this story is based on what we say, how we say it, how we interpret what is said and how people can manipulate what we say – it’s almost scary, and if anything we should walk away having learnt something important about the value words hold.
I’ve seen some varied reviews of this book online, personally I love the fact that the book is filled with layers, you move with Addie through time and history and watch her grow and learn from her experiences.
At times I got a little frustrated by the fact that the book followed a non-linear timeline, and was periodically separated by “flashback” moments, or memories of Addie’s life but what I soon came to realise was that these memories were more interesting than her time in the “present”. Experiencing Addie’s hardship through time was exciting and at times passionate but her life with Henry was ordinary and at times a little dull in comparison.
However, this novel is a true celebration of the creative industry, and how books, music, theatre, and art can immortalise people and make us remember them in new ways. Addie’s curse is to live without an identity, but she is immortalised in this novel, in more ways than one.
The ending is a polarising moment, and is written so beautifully that it’s almost a masterpiece in itself as it’s left somewhat open. Honestly, you can’t help but smile as you’re let into a secret and you just know how it’s going to play out, you don’t need anything more than those final words.
So, with that being said, I do hope there is NOT a sequel in the works because I truly think to spoil and ending such as this, would ruin Addie’s story.
– Candice Farrow, Co-Founder
What have you been reading this month?