The Invisible Life of Addie LaRueBook - 2020
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DCLadults Oct 07, 2020
A New & Noteworthy staff pick 2020. Adeline LaRue wishes to become immortal, and she does. But at the cost that no person will ever remember her. A lonely journey through centuries, where she is cursed to be forgotten, until one day a boy does remember her. This is storytelling at its best.
In 1750s France, Addie LaRue makes a deal with the devil to escape an arranged marriage. Don’t plan on getting anything else done once you pick this up.
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“But if you only walk in other people's steps, you cannot make your own way. You cannot leave a mark.”
“Live long enough, and you learn how to read a person. To ease them open like a book, some passages underlined and others hidden between the lines.”
“The first mark she left upon the world, long before she knew the truth, that ideas are so much wilder than memories, that they long and look for ways of taking root”
“Do you know how to live three hundred years?” she says. And when he asks how, she smiles. “The same way you live one. A second at a time.”
“Blink, and the years fall away like leaves.”
“Stories are a way to preserve one's self. To be remembered. And to forget.”
“What is a person, if not the marks they leave behind?”
“Books, she has found, are a way to live a thousand lives--or to find strength in a very long one.”
"Nothing is all good or all bad," she says. "Life is so much messier than that."
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