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The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  2,361 ratings  ·  491 reviews
When Lily Michaels-Ryan ditches her ADHD meds and lands in detention with Abelard, who has Asperger’s, she’s intrigued—Abelard seems thirty seconds behind, while she feels thirty seconds ahead. It doesn't hurt that he’s brilliant and beautiful.

When Abelard posts a quote from The Letters of Abelard and Heloise online, their mutual affinity for ancient love letters connects
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published December 26th 2017 by HMH
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Laura Schultz I loved Abelard and Lily. The emotions I felt while reading reminded me of Rainbow Rowell's books. I recommend all of those! Especially: Fangirl, Elea…moreI loved Abelard and Lily. The emotions I felt while reading reminded me of Rainbow Rowell's books. I recommend all of those! Especially: Fangirl, Eleanor and Park, and Attachments.(less)
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Beatrice Masaluñga
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, arc
Thank you HMH Teen for providing an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Love Letters of Abelard & Lily is such a wonderful debut novel with protagonists that have an ADHD and Asperger Syndrome / Asperger's. Lily Michaels-Ryan and  Abelard Mitchell  have known each other since they were kids but it wasn't until they're in high school where they got closer. It all started one day, she and Abelard broke the classroom wall and got detention. For Lily, attending school is a daily
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
This was a very interesting, thought provoking, and emotional read. There was much more depth than I expected and I really liked that because it made the story seem more raw and real.

In all elements with this novel it seemed similar to a John Green novel. That isn't an insult AT ALL. John Green writes deep, emotional novels with complex characters and that was exactly what this novel also had. Both of the main characters are struggling with their own personal dilemmas while also trying to be th
First of all, I want to thank HMH teen for providing me an arc of this book via Netgalley

I had been eagerly waiting for The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily to be released so when my request to review it was accepted, you can imagine how I grateful I was! I was really intrigued by the synopsis since I have read books with autistic reps in the past but never one with an ADHD rep!

I quite liked the pace of the story and although there is insta-love, the relationship development between Lily and A
4.5 stars

I loved this synopsis and was pretty eager to get into this story.

Love love loved Lily and Abelard. I loved that they find each other and start the sweetest relationship. I loved being inside Lily’s head, but would have loved to get inside Abelard’s, even for just a peek.

Plot wise, it was fantastic. It’s heartbreaking and hopeful and swoony and the way ADHD and Aspergers is portrayed felt authentic. And the use of the letters was unique and created a new path for the both of them thro
Nadhira Satria
A book with a female main character that have ADHD, written by an author that also have ADHD?

My ADHD ass is living
Jess (BookObsessedJess)
I feel like I am being pulled in multiple directions. I adored the cuteness of this book. There was so much to like...and dislike....

All quotes are not final until actual publication.

You are a fractured snowflake, a pattern repeated in infinite detail in a world full of salt crystals. You're not broken-you're perfect."

PRO: Proper ADHD representation and Asperger's representation. Lily is 30 seconds ahead, neurons firing at lightspeed and Abelard is 30 seconds behind in processing. They are both
Brina (Brina and the Books)
2 Stars

Read full review here: 5171 Miles Book Blog

Thank you to HMH Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review.

I think the coolest feature of this story was the authenticity of Abelard and Heloise, the two people Abelard and Lily bonded over. Abelard and Heloise, two star-crossed lovers from the medieval times around 1116, became famous for exchanging love letters - just like Abelard and Lily did in this story, only they exchanged love letters via text. They not only te
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
“For every horrible person in the universe, there is a truly amazingly good person waiting to undo the evil. It’s all a matter of timing.”

The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily is such a beautifully rendered contemporary novel that resonates emotionally and effectively uses well-crafted characters to engage you in a moving story of human connection. We follow two neurodivergent teens, Lily Michaels-Ryan, who has ADHD, and Abelard Mitchell, who has Asperger’s, as they come together afte

4 “Keep the #ownvoices books coming” Stars

This book was so, so good. Cute. Heartbreaking, at times. Romantic. And above all, authentic.

I’m not the best judge of ADHD or Asperger’s rep, but this sure felt like one of the most authentic representations of neurodivergent teens I’d seen in a while. And I’m a firm believer that is the result of the author’s experience. This is another successful example of why we need more #ownvoice books.

In The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily, we follow Lilly’s st
Samantha (WLABB)
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, contemporary, ya, arcs
I loved so many things about this book, but mostly I loved Lily. Obviously, the hopeless romantic in me adored that Lily and Abelard found each other. These two people, who were considered "different" connected through the words of two long ago lovers, and from there, love flourished. This one delivered a lot more than I was expecting, and I loved just about every second of it!

•Pro: Lily. I LOVED Lily. Being in her head was quite an experience. Her voice was clear and distinct. She had so much t
Anna Priemaza
Lily Michaels-Ryan thinks of herself as She-Hulk. She's constantly breaking things, acting on impulses, and generally feeling more monster than human, as her ADHD makes her feel like her brain is broken. And being a monster is lonely.

But then she starts dating Abelard, who not only understands what it's like to feel broken (since he's on the autism spectrum), but who finds her broken brain to be fascinating and beautiful. And for the first time, she doesn't feel so alone. But just like everythin
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**Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complementary copy of THE LOVE LETTERS OF ABELARD AND LILY in exchange for my honest review**


Lily, impulsively kisses her classmate after going off her ADHD meds. Abelard is high functioning on the Autism Spectrum, doesn't normally like to be touched. The two begin aa atypical romance, despite their challenges, but those challenges may just tear them apart.

Laura Creedle's debut novel will have broad appeal to those with and without disabi
Read InAGarden
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The description on Edelweiss originally included information stating that Lily had ADHD and Abelard had Aspergers. I immediately thought I have to read this book. I want to see inside the minds of these characters. Creedle didn't disappoint in her writing. Lily is a fully formed character with ADHD. Readers get to experience all the chaos inside her mind and understand (somewhat) what it is like to live life on the attention defecit spectrum. Then there is Abelard in all of his quirkiness. It is ...more
Leann Elaine
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got to read this book as an ARC, and I must say it was wonderful! Lily is unique, but oh so familiar. There were many times where she would say or think something, and it was the same thing I had heard from my family members who are dyslexic or have ADHD. I felt like I was reading their story, and that meant the world to me. I can't wait to share this book with them.

I was surprised, because I thought this was just a love story, but really, this was Lily's story, and how she grows and matures.
I don't know about the depiction of autism, and this is really not a book for people who hate instalove, but it was definitely interesting to read a YA with a female main character who has ADHD. That was my favorite aspect for sure. For me, it wasn't as successful with the romance or the general conceit, but I'm glad I read it for a POV I haven't seen before.
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What to say? All I can say is that I read this book over the course of two days, couldn't put it down and loved every word, every character and every moment that I spent with Lily and Abelard. Whew. I'm exhausted from all the emotions.
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: debut
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this amazing story and I loved it. Lily is so raw and real and her struggles to make sense of her ADHD and her family and her love for Abelard made this book completely engrossing.
Olivia-Savannah  Roach
The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily was a novel which had me interested as soon as I heard about it. It distinctly made me think of books like Made You Up by Francesca Zappia, and if you know how much I loved that book, then you understand how excited I was to read this novel. I was especially interested in the mental health themes and representation.

We immediately enter right into the world of Lily, who has ADHD. Lily’s attention span is short – she moves from one thing to the next so quickly.
Amanda Rawson Hill
This book was everything. I finished it in a day and a half because I couldn't stop reading. The characters are all fully formed and so real and relatable. The insights into ADHD were fantastic. Such a beautiful book.
carolina ☾
By the middle, i was kind of done with it.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a sweet love story and had good representation of people who aren't necessarily neurotypical.

The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle follows the story of Lily Michaels-Ryan, a sixteen-year-old girl who suffers from ADHD and dyslexia. During class one day, she breaks a crank on a wall that Abelard Mitchell is on the other side of. Abelard Mitchell is a classmate of Lily's who struggles with autism spectrum disorder. After Lily is forced to a
*3.5 cute story nothing crazy special to me
I never connected with Lily as a character and, consequently, didn't care all that much about her story. I liked Abelard and almost think I would have preferred the book told from his POV.
Melissa Luckoksi
Dec 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
This was a one-sit read for me! Once I started, I couldn't stop. Come distractions and emotional upheavals, I couldn't put it down. Except for the occasions where the tenuous nature of first loves, what it means to have control over your life, and the question of what is broken and what is normal drove me to stare into the vast eternity of the white ceiling above me. I can't wait for this book to be out in the world so that people I know and love can find this book and know it and love it the sa ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think everyone should read this book. It's such a lovely and charming love story about two different children who want to feel love. And it will melt your heart and it will leave you heartbroken,but when you meet Abelard and Lily you will not regret one minute spending with them. Not one minute. Because they will grovel in your heart and stay there forever.

If you want to read whole review you can do it at :)
Leigh Mar
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished an ARC of this in one sitting. Lily and Abelard's story is sweet and unique and made me smile and, okay, made me cry a bit too. Being in Lily's POV pulls you into her challenges and frustrations and you can't help but root for her from chapter 1. Loved it!
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books
Thank you so much HMHTeen for sending me an ARC of The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily ❤️
I really loved this story, and don’t know what else to say, that usually happens to me when I read a boom that I liked and loved. The characters, Abelard and Lily, were so real and perfect, I liked how they could be themselves with each other even if it was scary sometimes.
I admire Lily, I admire how strong she is and how finally starts to do something for herself, and not to make someone else happy, above
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this a lot considering the heterosexuality of it all, so four stars it is, I guess. I really enjoyed seeing the autistic guy being the hot love interest who's desireable and whom the MC thirsts over, which isn't something I've ever seen before. So that was dope. There were a couple of moments when the way everyone talked about neurodivergence that rubbed me a little the wrong way (there were great moments too, but there's just something about the idea of "fixing the monster" and the wh ...more
Judy Ohhh
3 stars!

I didn't know what to expect with this book. Maybe a cutesie somewhat cliche love story about a girl and a guy with issues, who find each other and fall in love, i guess. And in some ways this book was like that, but in a lot of ways it wasn't.

What I took away from this book is that there is a person for everyone. No matter how broken you may feel or unlovable you may think you are --there is someone out there who is ready and willing to love you the way you deserve to be loved. This bo
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Laura Creedle is ADHD, dyslexic and neuro-divergent. She writes young adult novels and blogs at She lives in Austin, Texas in an urban forest with her husband and son, a cat who thinks he's a dog, and a tiny dog who acts like a cat. Also, a half dozen raccoons who have burrowed into her attic. Unless she plays NPR on a radio in the attic, because as everyone knows, raccoons ...more

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“Yes,” Abelard said finally. “You are a fractured snowflake, a pattern repeated in infinite detail in a world full of salt crystals. You’re not broken—you’re perfect.” Perfect. Some tight, hard shell around my heart cracked open. I hadn’t even known I’d walled my heart away from this terrible world.” 8 likes
“I'd spent my entire life as a teacup with a jagged crack running down the side, an imperfect vessel threatening to spill my contents onto the table at any random moment. Tolerated but not adored. It didn't seem like it would be even possible to love me. Probabilistically unlikely at best. But for Abelard, the jagged crack was the interesting thing about me.” 6 likes
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