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.
The love letters of Abelard and Lily is an amazing book, it tells the story of Abelard and Lily ( I mean obviously) as they struggle to live an everyday life where most people don’t understand them, considering the fact that Lily has ADHD and has recently gone off her meds and Abelard has Asperger’s syndrome. They reconnect while waiting outside the principal’s office where… well Lily impulsively kisses Abelard and then bolts, following that incident Abelard and Lily start talking, texting, when suddenly they both fall for each other but they’re so different, their conditions sort of keep them apart which broke my heart a couple of times throughout the book.
I personally loved this book, it’s so cute and although I’ve never met anyone with Asperger’s or ADHD this book helped me understand said conditions a lot more, so a new experience plus some love letters and a little bit of drama, I absolutely fell in love. Abelard is the absolute sweetest, he was hands down my favorite character, I just really wanted to understand him and be there for him, Laura Creedle truly created a character to fall in love with. The only thing I didn’t love was the end, I was left without closure which annoys me a lot but I loved the rest.
Abelard and Lily made me cry. Which, with all honesty, it’s not hard to do, I’m the biggest crybaby ever. But with this book I can say I didn’t cry just because I’m a weeper, but because it truly deeply squeezed my marshmallow heart, and I personally don’t mind it, I like heart-squeezing books a lot.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to pretty much anyone, it’s eye opening and loving, filled with chess, love letters, lemonade and… the future. Laura Creedle is a genius for writing this book and I hope you all give it a shot! Let me know if you liked it as much as I did.
Massive thanks to HMH Books for Young Readers for sending me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!