PMC Book Review: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue


Cover of the book The Invisible Life of Addie LarueWilliam Shakespeare’s star-crossed protagonist once asked the fates “What is in a name?”

V.E. Schwab’s The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue focuses on the answer to that very question.

The novel begins in France in the year 1714 with young Adelyn. In her desperate need to escape an arranged marriage, she makes a deal with the devil per se and becomes immortal. 

However, she is not only granted immortal freedom from that relationship. Additionally, she becomes destined to live a life where she cannot be remembered by anyone.

Her identity is literally stolen, which is both the most dominant theme and the conflict of the novel. 

Additionally, Schwab also explores other serious themes of gender, sexuality, sexism, and mental illness throughout the 504 pages. Readers will find that Adelyn was woman ahead of her time in many ways.

This novel evoked many feelings and emotions with our book club members, providing some thought-provoking conversations. Which is really the best part of reading a good book and the discussion that can follow, isn’t it?

Winner of various awards such as the 2020 New York Public Library Best Books of the Year, this is the story of Addie’s 300-year journey and ultimate encounter with her very own star-crossed lover.

This was one of Pensacola Mom’s Collective Book Club’s Summer reads along with A.R. Torre’s, “Every Last Secret.”

Please join us for our September read “Olga Dies Dreaming” by Xochitl Gonzalez.

Cover of the book Olga Dies Dreaming

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Katie Brand
Katie was born in Pensacola and lived there for 36 years with a brief pause in England for two. She now calls Milton home. After earning her degree in English at the University of West Florida, she spent countless sleepless nights deciding between law school or education, but followed her heart and pursued a career teaching high school English and has not looked back since. She and Dan married in 2014, where she was fortunate also to gain a son through marriage. She is now a mom to two big-hearted boys. They spend their free-time enjoying life on the water. Additionally, Katie enjoys trying new recipes and reading all genres-especially cheesy thrillers. She is a wannabe DIYer, who much to her husband’s chagrin houses a sewing machine and Cricut that collect dust while her Pinterest inspiration boards collect numerous amounts of pins for “one day.”


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