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I can’t say how much I adore the voice of the main character, Lily. I wanted to hug her so many times as she navigated an ugly paperwork-filled world of people who didn’t understand her, and finally, someone who did. The ending felt a little weak, but other than that, this is an incredibly good debut. The intensity of teen relationships was perfectly described, and the unique challenges faced by two neurodifferent teens in love were fascinating to think about. There’s too much good stuff in here to go into, but you should definitely read it!
Die Liebesgeschichte zwischen Lily und Abelard ist schön beschrieben und geht zu Herzen. Lily hat ADHS, Abelard ist auf dem Autismus-Spektrum. Beide Charaktere sind gut getroffen und authentisch in ihren Schwierigkeiten und Besonderheiten beschrieben; vor allem, da die Autorin selbst ADHS hat, gibt sie einen realistischen und spannenden Einblick in Lilys Gedankenwelt. Ich habe selbst auch ADHS und fand die Darstellung der Störung sehr autentisch und liebevoll. Insofern bekommt das Buch für die Erzählstimme und das Thema von mir einige Punkte.
Leider ist der Plot des Buches nicht ganz so spannend, und auch nicht immer in sich stimmig. Vor allem der schnelle Einstieg in die Beziehung zu Abelard, und Lilys kontroverse Entscheidung (bzw. die Darstellung dieser) am Schluss sind meine Kritik an dem Buch und der Grund, warum es trotz interessanter Charaktere und ungewöhnlicher Prämisse nur 3 Sterne bekommt.
Es imposible no enamorarse de Lily y su mente aún más difícil no amar a Abelard por su capacidad de ver la grandeza en lo complejo. Así como menciona Lily , Abelard es la repuesta del universo a su soledad.
I purchased this book because I teach middle school and I wanted to add it to my classroom library, as there are relatively few resources available for girls with ADHD. I had a student, quite smart but unfocused, with a lot of potential -- but she didn't know who she wanted to be. Felt she couldn't be the "smart" girl so she tried out being the "mean girl." With the help of the insights in this book, I think I really made a difference for her this year -- she learned self-advocacy, and found a role model and representation in Lily... and I was able to keep my patience by remembering the struggle she is going through, thanks to Ms. Creedle's powerful words.
I genuinely feel that not only is Creedle's book well-written and evocative, it is realistic and informative in a way that most YA fiction isn't -- quite. It expanded my perspective and I am the better for having read it.
So, I don't typically read YA fiction. And I don't often read romances. But this isn't your typical YA book, or your typical romance. This is the story of two teens who aren't "typical" in the neuro diagnostic sense of the word. Abelard in on the Autism Spectrum, while Lily has an ADHD diagnosis.This intrigued me, as A) my son is on the Spectrum B) I have ADD. I felt like an eavesdropper/expert as I started the story. Not for long. Abelard and Lily are well- drawn complete characters who are uniquely themselves. I wanted to read the book over a weekend, but I stopped myself.. This is a book that you want to savor; pausing to think about the characters, their situations, and the questions that this book raises. And the ending? Well, I am torn. It would be great to see a sequel. But somethings are perfect, just as they are.
Wow! I can't begin to tell you how much I love this book and all the reasons why. It's absolutely brilliant all the way around. Funny, heartbreaking, beautiful, poignant, edgy, lovely. Loaded with astonishingly clear and refreshingly unique observations about people and life, telling us the real story of what it's like to be neuro-different, to feel broken and unable to meet the expectations of others -- the tyranny of that as well as the awesome perspectives it can bestow.
The novel is categorized as Young Adult but it transcends. It is chock full of literary references all made easy to understand and accessible by Laura Creedle's deft hand and clever turns of phrase. The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily is seriously one of my favorite books of all time. It does what all great literature does, takes the reader outside of his or her self into the world and heart of another and makes us ache and cheer for our hero through every step of her journey. I will never think of neuro-difference or obscure classic literature again without the strong emotional pull I gained from this excellent novel. I cannot wait to read more from Laura Creedle. May her career be as long and fruitful as this profoundly good debut novel portends.
Confession: I know nothing of the Young Adult genre, not even the movies based on the books. But I’d like to think I know great writing. And I really love this novel.
The conceit is brilliant, paralleling the classic medieval epistolary love story with present-day texting. The verisimilitude of the local detail is stunning: this I know as a resident of Austin circa the story’s timeline. It’s all spot-on, from the cupcake trailer to the traffic-delaying construction on South Lamar that threatens a climactic meeting.
And the cultural references are plausible for families smart and hip enough, and catnip for a smart hip reader. Medieval letters sure, but Star Trek’s “Kobayashi Maru” scenario to describe the no-win scenario? “Exene Ybarra,” the name of a peripheral character, a knowing wink to aging punk rockers? Portland (Oregon) as Austin West and vice-versa. Spot on.
Invoking Mary Shelley and Hollywood’s Frankenstein to question the personality-shaping power of psychoactive medication and surgery? Smart.
None of this would matter if Lily and Abelard weren’t so believable and hence root-for-able. Teens feel too much, a tale as old as time. Teens wired wrong, I know is being dealt with right now by people I know. I want them to read this and to know what they think.
And none of that would stick if Laura Creedle’s novel wasn’t so beautifully written. Why should this seem like a bonus? I demand at least this much from fiction of any “genre,” and this satisfies.
I adored this book. Abelard and Lily are characters I'd never before heard from in literature. I found their voices believable and sympathetic, and I thought Lily's point of view was really interesting. I feel like I understand, for the first time, how some people with ADHD experience the world. That was new for me, as well. Most importantly, the storytelling was compelling. I just didn't want to put the book down.
The ending threw me for a loop, but it also got me thinking about some things I'd never though about before, so that was a bonus.
I read this book in a single sitting. Lily is so raw and real and her struggles to make sense of her ADHD, her sweet and complicated romance with Abelard, and her family made this book completely engrossing.