The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily

By: Laura Creedle

Lily and Abelard discover a mutual interest in historical love letters and a mutual attraction—but can the two neurodivergent teens bridge their differences?

ISBN: 9780544932050

JLG Release: Mar 2018


Sensitive Areas: Strong language, Mild sexual themes
Topics: Love , Letters , Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder , Asperger’s syndrome , Single-parent families , Austin, Texas

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Lily Michaels-Ryan, a 10th grader in Austin, TX, craves normalcy and peace; instead, she breaks things, runs away from unpleasant situations, invades people’s personal space, and arrives chronically late for everything. She is a slow, though avid, reader and is living with ADHD and dyslexia. Her handsome and uber-smart classmate, Abelard Mitc Lily Michaels-Ryan, a 10th grader in Austin, TX, craves normalcy and peace; instead, she breaks things, runs away from unpleasant situations, invades people’s personal space, and arrives chronically late for everything. She is a slow, though avid, reader and is living with ADHD and dyslexia. Her handsome and uber-smart classmate, Abelard Mitchell, is socially awkward, experiences anxiety attacks, has processing delays, and deals with sensory issues. He has Asperger’s. Together they unwittingly get into trouble and are sent to the principal’s office where Lily impulsively kisses Abelard. Emulating the 12th-century love letters of their intellectual forebears, Abelard and Héloïse, they find solace by communicating via the written word, i.e. texting each other. Their blossoming romance hits roadblocks as Abelard and Lily cope with their neurodifferences alongside the treacherous waters of family, fellow teenagers, and school. Abounding with literary references and rich imagery, Creedle’s debut novel achieves appealing and authentic voices as it explores the theme of differences. Lily desperately wants to be normal but at the same time despairs of losing her real self in the medications and treatments pushed on her. Her humorous insights appear at just the right moment, often related in naturally flowing dialogue. A full array of well-developed secondary characters, including Lily’s younger sister Iris, her best friend Rosalind, and her mother, accompany fluid pacing as Lily faces important decisions about her future. VERDICT A thought-provoking story to fill that empty space on YA shelves for tales of realistic fiction, romance, and humor.—Kate Reid, The Allen-Stevenson School, New York City

Book Details

ISBN

9780544932050

First Release

March 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

352

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.9; Points: 11;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 6.2; Points: 18;

Lexile

Level HL690L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Strong language, Mild sexual themes

Topics

Love, Letters, Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, Single-parent families, Austin, Texas,

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