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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
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really liked it

"...a life without art, without wonder, without beautiful things - she would go mad. ...
"What she needs are stories.
"Stories are a way to preserve one's self. To be remembered. And to forget."

This book sings a haunting melody to the wonders and beauties of life. It is an original, part ghost story, part love story, with some extremely well-written passages (see my too-many quotes). I think it needed a little tightening, though, as some of the passages read like the same conversation in a different time/place. A little shorter and it would have built even greater suspense for the surprise ending.

"Not once does [time] seem to quicken, not once does she lose track of it. She can't seem to spend it, or waste it, or even misplace it. The minutes inflate around her, an ocean of undrinkable time between now and then..."

"There are a hundred kinds of silence.
"There's the thick silence of places long sealed shut, and the muffled silence of ears stoppered up. The empty silence of the dead, and the heavy silence of the dying.
"There is the hollow silence of a man who has stopped praying, and the airy silence of an empty synagogue, and the held-breath silence of someone hiding from themselves.
"There is the awkward silence that fills the space between people who don't know what to say. And the taut silence that falls over those who do, but don't know where to start.
"Henry doesn't know what kind of silence this is, but it is killing him."

"...time always ends a second before you're ready.
" is the minutes you want minus one."

"And there in the dark, he asks if it was really worth it.
"Were the instants of joy worth the stretches of sorrow?
"Were the moments of beauty worth the years of pain?
"And she turns her head, and looks at him, and says, 'Always.'"

"Addie has said so many hellos, but that was the first and only time she got to say good-bye. That kiss, like a piece of long-awaited punctuation. Not the em dash of an interrupted line, or the ellipsis of a quiet escape, but a period, a closed parenthesis, an end."
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January 16, 2021 – Shelved as: to-read
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