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Recently, I’ve dipped my toe into the world of V. E. Schwab, and I am hooked!
I can’t wait to get into more of Schwab’s books as an avid fantasy reader, and also as a fantasy-romance enthusiast.
Though this book does have fantastic elements, it’s really more equal parts self-discovery and romance.
It has two main characters you cannot help but love, and for me, it was such a quick read because I needed to know how it was going to end!
Below, I’m gonna go over an in-depth summary of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. This post will contain spoilers for The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, so be aware of that if you’re still wanting to read this!!
Part One: The Gods That Answer After Dark
So, for reference, in between each section of this book is a different piece of art, and each one alludes to Addie having some impact or inspiration within the art piece.
This is where we first get glimpses as to how Addie cheats her curse and still makes an impression on the world, even though she’s been cursed not to leave a mark anywhere.
So, starting off, the book opens up in New York, 2014, with a girl waking up next to the boys she likes.
We very quickly learn that this girl is not all that meets the eye. She is, in fact, cursed, and this curse has very specific bindings to it.
She’s unable to say her name and unable to be remembered; the moment someone walks away from her, it will be as if they never met her.
It’s as if Addie LaRue doesn’t even exist!!
As Addie waits for Toby, the boy in the bed, to wake up, Addie plays piano. Though Toby does not know it, it’s a song they have been working on together for weeks.
As she plays, Toby wakes, and Addie is met with a painfully familiar look of him not knowing who she is.
Within this book, we time jump between the past and present, unfolding Addie’s story and giving the reader glimpses into what exactly her curse entails.
We then jump in time and location to Villon-sur-Sarthe, France, during the summer of 1698. Addie (Adeline) is a young girl, and she is about to leave her small village, Villon, for the first time.
Her father is a woodworker, and he is traveling to the city of Le Mans to go to the market to sell his work.
(Also, it’s important to know that Addie has seven freckles on her face, which is mentioned often throughout the book.)
Addie is very excited to leave her small village, and her desire to be free is made very clear even from the age of seven.
Though Addie has both a mother and father, it is established early on in the book that Addie is much closer to her father.
Her favorite pet name, Addie, is used only by her father, and he allows her at a young age to be more herself, whereas her mother pushed upon her the traditional roles of a woman at this time.
She also loves his work, and her favorite of his woodwork creations is a wooden ring, her most treasured possession (keep that in mind because it will be important later!!!).
We jump forward five years, and Addie is now twelve. She is raised Catholic because of her hometown’s deeply religious nature.
However, her own prayers and beliefs at this time are more performative and practiced than from the heart.
We are then introduced to Estele, who Addie deeply loves and admires. This is because Estele is not like other women in the town but is a free spirit and alone.
“Estele, who belongs to everyone, and no one, and herself. Estele, who grew up like a tree at the heart of the village by the river, and has certainly never been young, who sprang up from the ground itself with gnarled hands and woody skin and roots deep enough to tap into her own hidden well.”
Another prominent difference between Estele is that she does not believe in the Catholic religion but prays to her own gods. The gods Estele believes and worships are old gods, who she tells Addie are prayed to by the offering of gifts and praise.
“With gifts and praise, and even then, the old gods are fickle. They are not bound to answer.”
She also warns Addie, “And no matter how desperate or dire, never pray to the gods that answer after dark.”
Addie is now twenty-three, and it is the night before her wedding.
Leading up to her wedding day, Addie has consistently prayed to Estele’s god, sacrificing her belongings to the river day after day, praying for a way out of a life she does not want to live.
The church bells chime, and it is time for Addie and her parents to take her to the altar. She panics and tells her parents she forgot something at home and that she will meet them at the church.
Of course, she is lying and plans to flee. She runs into the woods, and she cries out in one final attempt to be saved by the gods and to get out of this marriage.
She is out of precious items, and the only thing she has left to offer the gods is the ring her father made for her.
“‘Please,’ she whispers, her voice breaking over the word as she plunges the band down into the mossy earth. ‘I will do anything.’
“Her eyes are still shut tight, and perhaps that is why she doesn’t notice that the sun has slipped behind the village at her back, that dusk has given way to dark.
“And no matter how desperate or dire, never pray to the gods that answer after dark.”
This is when Addie meets the darkness himself, later to be self-named Luc. He first is seen as only darkness and then takes the form of the man that Addie drew for herself, an imaginary perfect man.
“The voice spills from a perfect pair of lips, a shadow revealing emerald eyes that dance below black brows, black hair that curls across his forehead, framing a face Adeline knows too well. One that she has conjured up a thousand times, in pencil and charcoal and ream. It is the stranger. Her stranger.”
She continues her plea that she will do anything, and give anything when she is asked the question of what it is that she actually wants.
She tells the darkness that she wants a chance to live and to be free and that she wants more time. She agrees to give him her soul when she is done with it, and this is when he whispers, “Done”.
Addie wakes up, and nothing seems to have changed. She returns to her parent’s home, and she is met with a shock that they not only do not recognize her but that they say that they have never had a daughter.
She goes to Estele, and she is met with the same experience of not being recognized or even known. She belongs to no one, and no one belongs to her. She is truly alone.
We then jump back to New York in the present, and Addie is just walking around NY city with nothing to do. She is hundreds of years old, and by this time, she is aware of the nuances of her curse and the limitations it has.
One thing I do love about this book is seeing the difference between Addie when she is first cursed to her time in New York!
She’s figured out how to find places to sleep or live, how to lie, and how to steal what she needs. This is in contrast to when she is still in France and learning the rules of her curse. She is much more broken down and desperate.
We see her learn just how and when people forget her, such as when she goes to her childhood best friend for help, who does not know her but is kind to her.
That is until she leaves the room and walks back in to find Addie (who she sees as a stranger) in the room with her baby and then quickly throws her out.
She also quickly learns that she cannot tell anyone her real name. It is as if Adeline LaRue never existed! Which, I dunno, I guess is the price for immortality and freedom.
In the next chapter, which takes place in New York, Addie is at a bookstore called The Last Word, and Addie is looking for a book to steal.
Addie is a little bit of a kleptomaniac, let’s be real…But I guess, to be fair, she has no way to make or keep the money, so a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.
Plus, you know this girl has GOT to read.
She does, however, this time, get caught stealing by a boy working at the bookstore named Henry. He lets her have the book for free, and Addie leaves, assuming that he will forget that this all happened.
Part Two: The Darkest Part Of The Night
Part two opens by following our secondary lead in the novel, Henry, the man who works in the bookshop.
We quickly learn that Henry is a bit of a sad boy (which we can’t help but love), and that though he enjoys his job in the bookstore, he never lived up to the expectations his family had for him.
Henry works at The Last Word with his best friend, Bea. We are also introduced to his ex-boyfriend Robbie.
They all depart to a party after Robbie’s play. At the party, Henry feels detached and unseen even though everyone around him adores him. Henry describes his depression and anxiety as a storm within his own head.
In the next flashback, Addie is in Paris in the summer of 1714.
Addie is trying to rent out lodging, and shortly after she arranges the room to be hers, the owner no longer recognizes her and tosses her out in the middle of the night.
It’s the middle of the night, and Addie is left with no money and nowhere to stay. She ends up on the docks and sells her virginity for ten sols.
This section is pretty depressing, not gonna lie.
V.E. Schwab is really laying it on thick about how much Addie’s current life sucks. However, Addie is a dreamer, and “there is defiance in being a dreamer”.
We flash forward to the next summer, and Addie is still in Paris. Though it has been a difficult year, Addie has learned more about how her curse works.
She is met for the first time since she was praying in the woods on the night of her to-be wedding with the darkness that she made a deal with.
He tells Addie (though he always calls her Adeline) that he can relieve her of all her pain and suffering; all she has to do is give in and give her soul to him.
“‘You will be nothing, my dear,’ he says simply. ‘But it is a kinder nothing than this. Surrender, and I will set you free.’ If some part of her wavered, if some small part wanted to give in, it did not last beyond a moment. There is a defiance in being a dreamer. ‘I decline,’ she growls. The shadow scowls, those green eyes darkening like cloth soaked wet. His hands fall away. ‘You will give in,’ he says. ‘Soon enough.’”
Annnnnd we jump back to Henry, our book boy, who is having a case of the dark and twisties. He is meeting with his sister, who, in appearance, cares very much for him, but Henry’s thoughts tell the reader otherwise.
This is the first glimpse that not everything with Henry is as it seems. I’ll admit I didn’t notice anything weird about how people interacted with Henry when I read this book for the first time.
But upon re-reading, it is very clear how entranced everyone Henry interacts with is, along with his sadness (which, hold tight, he will explain in about a hundred pages).
Addie returns to The Last Word to exchange the greek print of the Odyssey to pull a little thieving action and exchange the book now that she has read it.
However, Addie is truly shocked when Henry asks her if she is serious when trying to return it and shocks Addie with three words “I remember you”.
Now Addie hasn’t heard this is in literally HUNDREDS of years! This is where the story starts to pick up!
Addie waits outside the shop for Henry, and she asks him to get a coffee as an apology.
“‘Please.’ And it must be something in the way she says it, the sheer mix of hope and need, the obvious fact it means more than a book, more than a sorry, that makes the boy look her in the eyes, makes her realize that he hadn’t really not until now. There’s something strange, searching in the gaze, but what he sees when he looks at her, it changes his mind.”
And with that, Henry and Addie go and get coffee. And let’s just say the coffee goes well, and the coffee leads to dinner. Henry notices that Addie has seven freckles that look like stars across her face.
The next chapter is a flashback to Paris 1719, and this is the chapter we finally get a name for the darkness/Luc. We find Addie eating chocolate (yum) and squatting in a fancy house when she is interrupted by a familiar dark voice.
He takes the name Luc when he asks Addie what she named the man she always used to draw: Luc and Lucifer. And so he takes the name, Luc.
He once again tries to convince Addie to give up and surrender her soul, blah blah, blah. Luc and Addie pretty much do this back and forth for the next several flashbacks, so buckle in, babes.
Addie Tells Henry Her Real Name
As they leave a bar in NYC, Addie stops Henry and tells him that she wants to tell him something. She tells him that Eve, the name she gave him, is not her real name.
She gave him this name because she has not been able to say her name since she made her deal with Luc, but she tries to share her real name with Henry. And it works!
“‘It’s A–’ The sound lodges, for just a second, the stiffness of a muscle long since fallen to disuse. A rusty cog. And then–it scrapes free. ‘Addie.’ She swallows, hard. ‘My name’s Addie.’”
Flashback To July 1720, In Paris, France
Addie is up to her typical squatting behavior and has a place that she has been staying at long enough to call her home, for now, at least. It is the night of her weirdo anniversary with Luc, and this time, she is preparing for him to visit her.
This time though, Luc does not visit Addie and leaves her in her solitude. She is PISSED and lonely, and she realizes how much she counts on her yearly visit from Luc (Does she like him? I cannot tell).
However, as usual, she uses this hurtful moment to become more stubborn! Good work, Addie!
Part 3: Three Hundred Years – And Three Words
The third part of this novel is in Paris, France the summer of 1724.
It has been four years since Addie has seen Luc, and in this chapter, she meets Remy, the first boy she really has feelings for.
Addie is heading towards the top of the Notre Dame to picnic and celebrate her freedom (she is dressed as a boy also, just so we all know) when she bumps into Remy.
As in, she literally BUMPS into him, and her picnic is destroyed; as an apology, he takes her to a cafe. Here they talk, and Addie finds herself admiring him, and she takes him with her to Notre Dame.
Their day is full of laughter, and when it becomes dark, Remy offers to walk Addie home (little does he know that she has no home).
When they arrive at the place Addie is pretending to call home, she insists that she walks HIM home to keep their time together going, so they walk together to his home.
Once they are inside his home, they start kissing, and he is nothing like the other men Addie has been with when she needs money.
Addie feels that this time with Remy cannot erase her other experience but that this sweet memory can write over the nights she wishes she could forget.
She falls asleep next to him, but when they wake, he does not remember her. He offers her money, mistaking her for a prostitute, and Addie leaves his home quickly, crying.
Back in the present time in NYC, Addie and Henry are on their second date!
To quickly summarize their date, it starts off at an underground arcade that excites Addie because she has never been before.
She quickly demolishes Henry at pinball and then, in turn, takes Henry to experience something he has never done before. She takes him to “The Forth Rail,” a secret tunnel turned into a music venue/bar/club.
Here they dance and have a great time! They go outside, and it’s raining, and they make out in the rain, and then Henry takes Addie home 😉.
The next morning Addie wakes up, and Henry remembers her, which she is once again relieved by.
He makes her breakfast and then goes to work, leaving her in his apartment. Addie does a little snooping and finds an engagement ring wrapped in a handkerchief covered in blood.
Addie and Henry continue to hang out, and after a day spent together, Henry asks Addie to come with him to his friend’s birthday party.
She says yes, even though being around people who will not be able to remember her will inevitability lead to disaster.
At the party, Bea answers the door and asks who Henry brought with him, and he is a little confused because they have already met. Addie also meets Robbie, Henry’s ex, and that goes uhhh not well.
Robbie and Josh go out to have a smoke, and because they leave the room, Addie starts to panic because when they return, they will have forgotten who she is. So Addie leaves the party, Henry follows her and takes Addie home with him.
Addie and Henry go to the store to get things for breakfast, and this is where they run into Robbie, who is very frustrated to see Henry with a strange girl.
He, of course, does not recognize Addie and asks who she is, which confuses Henry because he thinks Robbie is pretending not to know her to be a jerk.
Henry is upset about Robbie, and Addie tells him that she thinks he truly doesn’t recognize her. Henry asks her how and this is when she tells him the truth.
“‘My name is Addie LaRue. I was born in Villon in the year 1691, my parents were Jean and Marthe, and we lived in a stone house just beyond an old yew tree…’”
As she tells Henry her story, he watches her and listens, and his only response is, “You made a deal?” and he laughs, making Addie think he does not believe her. He tells her he believes her, and she asks why?
“And Henry’s hands fall away from his face, and he looks up at her, his green eyes fever bright, and says– ‘Because I made one, too.’”
Part Four: The Man Who Stayed Dry In The Rain
At the beginning of this chapter, we get a lot of insight into who Henry is and why he is the way he is.
Henry feels like he feels too much. His mental health has never been great from a very young age, and this shapes his life greatly. He is afraid of commitment and how quickly life is passing him, and he is never able to overcome this fear.
In a flashback, Henry meets Tabitha Masters when she was dancing in a production alongside his friend/ex Robbie. They were together two years before he proposed to her.
However, this did not end well as she rejected him, telling him that she did want to get married one day, just not to him.
Henry gets very drunk, and he hurts his hand on a broken bottle and wraps his hand in the handkerchief that, a year later, Addie would find in his apartment, along with the ring he bought for Tabitha.
He returns back to his apartment building. It’s raining, and he sits on the steps of his apartment building, being too drunk to make it any further.
He doesn’t notice when someone sits next to him. The reader knows that the stranger sitting next to him is Luc, though Henry has no idea who he is. The stranger asks Henry what he wants, and Henry tells him that all he wants is to be happy.
“‘You want to be loved,’ says the stranger, ‘by all of them. You want to be enough for all of them…And I can give that to you for the price of something you won’t even miss.’ The stranger holds out his hand. ‘Well, Henry? What do you say?’”
Henry makes the deal…just about one year before he meets Addie!
Addie and Henry’s deals with Luc fit perfectly together because Henry’s curse is to be exactly what others want, but all Addie wants is to be remembered so she can see Henry for who he really is.
When Henry tells Addie his story, she has one question for him, which is how much time did Luc promise him with this deal. Henry tells her that he promised a lifetime. However, this is a lie.
We see lots of flashbacks of Henry’s last year living with his curse, and the emptiness of people seeing exactly what they want in you, but it’s not real.
Robbie is in love with him, Bea sees him as the best friend in the world, and girls and boys want him. He is constantly offered jobs he is not qualified for. But Henry, though he is loved, is still sad. That is, until Addie.
Addie and Henry go to a live art exhibit, and Addie tries to write her name, but as always, it disappears. Henry intertwines his hand with hers, and she writes her name, and it stays undamaged and permanent.
They go home, and he writes her name in pen and ink, and it stays on the page. Addie then begins to tell Henry her whole story so he can write it down permanently.
Part Five: The Shadow Who Smiled And The Girl Who Smiled Back
Okay, back to Villon-sur-Sarthe, France, July 29, 1764!
Addie is back in her hometown standing over her father’s grave. While she is at the cemetery, she also sees the grave of Estele. Addie is moved by how un-Estele her tombstone is.
She plants a tree by her grave so it will grow into a willow tree to hang shade over the grave.
Luc visits her as she looks at Estele’s old home and once again taunts her and makes his offer for her to give in and relinquish her soul to him. Honestly, Luc is a broken record at this point…
Back in the present, Addie tells Henry a story of her being in Paris, France, during 1789 during the French revolution.
Though she is traveling at night, she is still caught by several men accusing her of being a spy.
However, before the you-know-what hits the fan, our favorite neighborhood nighttime/darkness/devil dude shows up and saves his girl.
He also teleports her to Florence, which pisses off Addie. And, of course, he just leaves her there all alone.
London, England, March 26, 1827
Addie is in the National Gallery looking at art that, over the years, she has influenced (much like the song she is working on with Toby in the first chapter of the book)!
Though she cannot make a mark per Luc’s curse, she has found ways around it, such as with the people and artists she has met and made impressions on over the years.
Though they don’t remember it, her influence shines through in their work (later, Bea will write her dissertation on the girl with seven freckles that appears throughout art history).
She is looking at the art when Luc appears next to her.
Luc taunts Addie about her thinking she is so clever trying to leave a mark and continues to tell her that she doesn’t matter.
She defies him as per usual, and his response is to take her to another man that has made a deal with him and rips his soul from him in front of her.
Yikes! For the first time in a long time, Addie is afraid of Luc and reminded of what he really is.
Part Six: Do Not Pretend That This Is Love
Part six begins in 1914, and it is once again Luc and Addie’s anniversary.
Luc finds Addie in her hometown looking over Estele’s grave, where the tree that she had planted is now dead and withered away.
Luc remarks that no matter how cruel he may be, nature is crueler. Addie has been immortal now for two hundred years, and Luc’s relationship is still tense, but they are all that the other person has to speak to.
Addie asks Luc if he misses her when he is gone, and he tells her that he is with her more than she knows.
He asks her if she will wait for him, and he presents her with her father’s ring and tells her that all she has to do is put it on, and he will come for her.
However, Addie will not do this and will not admit defeat. After this encounter, she leaves France for New York.
We jump to July 29th, 2014, and it is three hundred years since the day of her would-be wedding. She is with Henry, and he wants to spend the day with her and celebrate her “immortality,” if you will.
However, Addie is afraid that Luc will show up. She wants to be as far from Henry as she can be. She lets Henry talk her into spending the day together, and they go to the beach, and he whispers in her ear that he loves her.
“‘I love you too,’ she says. She wants it to be true.”
Is this because she loves Luc? Just a hot take from me hehehe…
Addie and Henry are taking the subway back into the city, and though she has not seen Luc for thirty years, she is paranoid the whole ride back.
She and Henry go to a bar, and he orders two beers; however, when the drinks come to the table, there is only one beer, and the second drink is a glass of champagne with a rose floating in it.
Addie knows when she sees this that Luc is there. She tries to get Henry to leave, but Luc freezes everyone in the bar.
She tells Luc to leave Henry alone and that he will forget her, but Luc informs Addies that he very much remembers all the deals he has made and that he does not intend to pull her and Henry apart because time will do that on its own.
Addie does not understand, and Luc tells her,
“‘Humans live such short lives, don’t they? Some far shorter than others. Savor the time you have left. And know, it was his choice.’”
Addie realizes that Luc would not give another human so much time after he learned the hard way what that looked like with herself. Addie asks Henry how long, and for the first time, he tells her the truth.
We flashback to September 4, 2013, the night that Henry made his bargain. He is on the roof, and it is implied he is thinking about jumping off to end the pain that he is feeling.
This is when he makes his deal with Luc, not for a lifetime but for a single year. We go back to the present, and Addie, after hearing Henry’s truth, now knows that she only has over one month until Luc takes Henry from her.
Addie, in a white-hot rage, storms outside and calls Luc to show himself. They have their classic back-and-forth banter.
He gets Addie to agree to spend the night with him to properly celebrate their anniversary under the agreement that Luc will consider freeing Henry from his deal. Addie knows he is lying, but she plans to try to manipulate him right back.
The night she leaves for her evening with Luc, Henry tries to talk her out of it, but she has to try.
We time jump again to April 7, 1952, in LA. Addie is on a date, and it is interrupted by Luc. He tells her they can do much better than their current location and takes her to a club.
She asks Luc to dance with her, and dare I say there is romance in the air.
Addie asks Luc if she truly knows him, and he tells her that out of everyone, Addie knows Luc best. Luc kisses her!
“He tastes like the air at night, heady with the weight of summer storms. He tastes like the faint traces of far-off woodsmoke, a fire dying in the dark. He tastes like the forest, and somehow, impossibly, like home.”
The kissing leads to, and I quote, “…a battle waged on bedsheets”.
With this, the two go from enemies to friends-with-benefits to…lovers? I’m not entirely sure.
But whatever, they have on-and-off-again sex from the years 1952-1968, and Addie slowly starts to forget who Luc truly is. She begins to become happier than she has been in years.
Then on July 29, 1970, Luc tells Addie that he loves her for the first time. He offers her a gift, and when she opens it and inside the box is a brass key.
Luc tells Addie that it is a key to their home, and he takes her around the block to a yellow house. Though she knows it won’t last, she is happy.
We jump again to May 1, 1984, and we finally see what happened between Luc and Addie to cause them not seeing each other for thirty years.
They are lying in bed in their home, and Addie asks Luc if he loves her, which he tells her of course he does, and Addie says if this is true, then to let her go and set her free.
He tells her he cannot break the deal, but he could bend it if she would only surrender.
This particular word TRIGGERS Addie. She freaks out, feeling that nothing over the last years between them was real and that it was all just a game to get her soul.
She leaves the house, and Luc burns it down because he is throwing a temper tantrum.
The next chapter time jumps back to the present in NY, and Addie and Luc are on their agreed-upon evening together.
They are in the woods, and Luc tells her that he lied about their last argument and that he always loved her.
He tells her that it is no coincidence that she found Henry but that he orchestrated the whole thing for her because it’s what she wanted.
Luc admits he is never going to free Henry from his deal, telling Addie that he loves her and that she belongs to him, but to go enjoy what time she has left with her human love. Then, he leaves her in the woods!
When Addie makes her way back to Brooklyn, she realizes that her one evening with Luc took over the length of a week, and she has lost a whole week with Henry.
She rushes back to his apartment and into his arms and promises not to leave his side for the rest of his life, which is pretty short at this point.
Henry is at peace, and despite his end drawing very near, he is happy. He is with Addie, who he loves, and they spend time together and with his loved ones, and the boy with the broken heart feels healed.
Now, it’s September 4th, 2014, one year since Henry made his deal.
He and Addie are on the roof waiting for Luc to come and claim Henry’s soul. He wasn’t ready a year ago for the end, and he isn’t ready now.
Addie is holding his hand tightly. She tells him that he promised to write her whole story down, which he tells her that he did. However, Addie tells him that he hasn’t because she hasn’t told him everything yet.
Three days before this night, Addie met with Luc this time to convince him not to break the deal but to bend it.
She tells Luc that if he spares Henry then she will be his as long as he wants her by his side. Luc of course agrees because he is down bad for her, duh.
Addie and Henry are on the roof, and he tells her that she cannot do this, but Addie says it is already done.
“‘You better live a good life, Henry Strauss.’ She begins to pull away, but his grip tightens. ‘No.’ She sighs, fingers threading through his hair. ‘You’ve given me so much, Henry. But I need you to do one more thing.’ Her forehead presses against his. ‘I need you to remember.’
“‘Promise,’ she whispers, and he is just lifting his hands, to hold her against him, to promise, but by the time his arms close around her, she is gone. And he is falling.”
Part Seven: I Remember You
Henry wakes up in bed alone but alive. He turns over to wake up Addie, and then the events of the night before all come back to him, and he remembers why Addie is not in bed beside him.
“Henry sits there for hours against the side of the bed, turning through every page of every book, every story she ever told, and when he’s done, he closes his eyes and puts his head in his hands amid the open books. Because the girl he loved is gone. And he’s still here. He remembers everything.”
Time jumps forward to March 2015, and Bea is reading the book Henry wrote, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (very meta).
She is demanding an ending to know what happened to Addie and if she went with Luc after all. Bea tells Henry to make sure that he mentions her in the acknowledgments for the inspiration from her thesis!
Henry plans to sell his book and to make everyone remember Addie’s name. Though he’s now feeling the loss of Addie for the first time in a long time, Henry is okay.
“The world is wide, and he’s seen so little of it with his own eyes. He wants to travel, to take photos, listen to other people’s stories, and maybe make some of his own. After all, life seems very long sometimes, but he knows it will go so fast, and he doesn’t want to miss a moment.”
Off in London, England, February 3, 2016, Addie is walking by a bookstore when she hears people talking about how romantic the book they are reading is and how it sounds like Henry is really telling “her” story.
Then she hears a man asking for a copy of “Addie LaRue.” She walks to the window of the store, and there she sees The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. The book has no author, no picture of Henry, and the first page is written: “I remember you”.
Luc is beside her wrapping her in his arms, telling her she is clever and that they can have the story if he can have her.
Addie thinks to herself about how she didn’t say to Luc that she would be by his side forever but as long as he WANTED her by his side.
She plans to destroy him, no matter how long it takes, and then he will cast her away, and she will be free.
So the story ends with Luc and Addie together, but she is secretly plotting against him?
Once again, hot take, but I am pro-Luc and Addie together.
When I first read this book, I felt very swept up in the romance between Henry and Addie, but upon re-reading this summary, I felt that there were so many clues that Addie was just not that into Henry!
She admits to herself that when she tells Henry she loves him, she wishes it were true, which means it is NOT TRUE.
She does, however, often talk about how she and Luc fit together perfectly, and Luc, in my opinion, really does fall for her, which is partly why he lets her have so much time.
But we will never know, and that’s the fun of the ending!
Will There Be A Sequel To The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue?
No, there will not be a The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue sequel.
This is a standalone book, and though it is left with many unanswered questions, this is to draw parallels between the book that Henry writes by the same title within the story that has no end.
She is immortal, after all, so her story may never end!
So, there will be no The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue book 2 (or should I say deux), but if you are interested in fantasy series, the same author V.E. Schwab has multiple fantasy series to cure the book cravings you may be currently feeling!
Thanks for reading and PLEASE tell me in the comments if you too are a Luc stan 😉
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