Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle - OPTIONAL

Creedle, Laura The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily, 339 pages. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2017. $18. Language: R (30 swears, 10 f’s); Mature Content: PG-13 Violence: G.

Lily Michaels-Ryan can’t control her impulsive behavior, can’t finish her homework, and can’t stay on her ADHD meds. When she ends up in the vice principal’s office sitting next to Abelard Mitchell, she can’t stop herself from kissing him. That kiss becomes the start of something meaningful, beautiful, and tragic. Abelard is different, like Lily. He has Asperger’s and has read some of the same classic literature that Lily’s father used to read to her when she was younger. Their relationship develops through the words and meaning of the tragic medieval French lovers, Abelard and Heloise. But words alone can’t sustain them through the challenges of being who they are. As Lily struggles to figure out what she wants, she must decide if Abelard can be a part of her future.

Author Laura Creedle’s debut novel has a heroine who is close to her heart. Like Lily, Creedle has ADHD. Through her characters, Creedle gives a voice to those teens who are often misunderstood by teachers, peers, and family. Filled with equal parts sorrow and hope, I thoroughly enjoyed this tragic love story. It is real and believable and tackles issues such as: ADHD, Asperger’s, divorce, alcoholism, and family relationships. Teens who find themselves in similar situations will relate to Lily and Abelard will get the chance to see they are not alone in their struggles. Some may disagree with the ending of the story, but it is still worthy of a high school library collection.

HS – OPTIONAL (ratings). LMA, future elementary school teacher

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