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Monday, January 29, 2018

*Grabby Hands* Release & Review - The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle

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Title: The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily
Author: Laura Creedle
Category/Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publication Date: December 26th, 2018
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
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 them. The two fall for each other. Hard. But is it enough to bridge their differences in person?

This hilarious, heartbreaking story of human connection between two neurodivergent teens creates characters that will stay with you long after you finish reading.

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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 struggle with her ADHD meds, her relationship with her family (a loving mother and a fun, smart younger sister) and her first real experience in the romance world.

The first-person POV is one of this book’s best aspects. I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed this as much if I hadn’t been inside Lilly’s head. At times, the experience reminded me of reading Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall (yep, also #ownvoices). I say this because following Lilly’s thoughts was hard. She’d go on about things, misinterpret what someone was telling her, jump from thought to thought, and I’d get overwhelmed just reading those things. To me, that made the whole reading experience even more special.

Aside from the authentic voice, this book also brought awesome side characters. I loved Lilly's relationship with her mother, a woman that felt real and loving and flawed. I loved how different she was from her young sister, but how sweet the girl still was. And I loved, loved the romance and Abelard.

Abelard and Lily's relationship was sweet and innocent and gave me major feels. It was portrayed in such a beautiful way I couldn't help but fall madly in love with it. There's nothing else I can say other than it was special.

This whole book was special and I highly recommend it to everyone looking for a sweet, but real YA story with authentic voice.

*If you liked this review (or not), if you read the book (or not), come say hello and leave your comments bellow.

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