I Remember You... || Addie LaRue


★★★★



Synopsis:

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.


Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.


But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.



 

I'll tell you what, I almost didn't read this book. When books gain such a cult following but also have such polarizing opinions, I get nervous. It seemed that people either LOVED Addie, or they DID NOT FINISH her. I have DNF'd a few books lately, more on that in an upcoming post, but I always feel guilty so I try not to read books that I think there's a chance of DNF'ing. Buuuuuuuuuuuut, I am minutes post Addie LaRue, a solid 4, maybe 4 and half stars. I almost gave a 5 star rating, but the ending. The ending has knocked it down a star simply for the lingering question. I will not spoil for those who have not yet read it, but let me just say this book is beautiful. It was my first V.E Schwab book, and I am sold for writing style alone. Her style is so beautiful and poetic, it was hard not to want to fall into her world. I wanted to be Addie just so V.E would write my life.


The beginning, I'll admit, was a little slow for me (I mean I started this book almost two weeks ago and it's only 442 pages long). I wasn't hooked until yesterday, and then I finished this baby in less than two days. I love the varying time frames, love living the invisible life with Addie. I love the art installments thrown throughout the book that show the little bits of Addie left behind in a world doomed to forget her. I always fall for the bad guy, so I did find myself gravitating towards Luc, but I also loved Henry. I think that's why the ending so hard for me. At the heart of it, this isn't really a love story, but I do love me a good romance subplot. However, I can overlook a lot of the stuff I didn't really vie with simply because the writing is that good. It's a life story written with the rose-colored glasses of romance.


If Shakespeare wrote something other than tragedies and love stories. Except I never liked the style of Shakespeare...oops. You get the concept through. Please pick up Addie, and share your thoughts with me, or if you have already, did you love the writing style as much as me? Henry or Luc? How did you feel about the ending? I teared up a bit at the dedication at the end of the book, if you know you know, and definitely would read again when I'm in a slump. Also, Henry is RELATABLE. If you have depression, you get it.


Overall, a great book if you're okay with the fact that the idea a girl can live a practically invisible life for over 300 years. I do know some people who just don't like concepts that are out there like that.


Some favorite quotes (w/out spoiling):

"Three words, large enough to tip the world, I remember you."


"There is defiance in being a dreamer."


“Take a drink every time you hear you’re not enough.

Not the right fit.

Not the right look.

Not the right focus.

Not the right drive.

Not the right time.

Not the right job.

Not the right path.

Not the right future.

Not the right present.

Not the right you.

Not you.

(Not me?)"


"It is just a storm, he tells himself, but he is tired of looking for shelter. It is just a storm, but there is always another waiting in its wake."



and so many more in the pages of Addie LaRue!



Until next read!

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