The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle

The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily

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...

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  • Stacee

    4.5 stars

    I loved this synopsis and was pretty eager to get into this story.

    Love love loved Lily and Abelard. I loved that they find each other and start the sweetest relationship. I loved being inside Lily’s head, but would have loved to get inside Abelard’s, even for just a peek.

    Plot wise, it was fantastic. It’s heartbreaking and hopeful and swoony and the way ADHD and Aspergers is portrayed felt authentic. And the use of the letters was unique and created a new path for the both of them thro

    4.5 stars

    I loved this synopsis and was pretty eager to get into this story.

    Love love loved Lily and Abelard. I loved that they find each other and start the sweetest relationship. I loved being inside Lily’s head, but would have loved to get inside Abelard’s, even for just a peek.

    Plot wise, it was fantastic. It’s heartbreaking and hopeful and swoony and the way ADHD and Aspergers is portrayed felt authentic. And the use of the letters was unique and created a new path for the both of them through something familiar. My only complaint is that I would have liked just a little bit more at the ending.

    Overall, it was a quick and compelling read. I could easily read another book about the two of them.

    **Huge thanks to HMH Books for Young Readers for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Brinkley

    HOLY FREAKING MOTHER THIS BOOK HAS A HIGH FUNCTIONING AUTISTIC NARRATOR!!!!!

    AKA ME!!!!!

    (okay, I get he's a boy. BUT THERE'S A GIRL WITH ADHD!!!!)

    December can't come soon enough.

  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    is such a beautifully rendered contemporary novel that resonates emotionally and effectively uses well-crafted characters to engage you in a moving story of human connection. We follow two neurodivergent teens, Lily Michaels-Ryan, who has ADHD, and Abelard Mitchell, who has Asperger’s, as they come together after servin

    is such a beautifully rendered contemporary novel that resonates emotionally and effectively uses well-crafted characters to engage you in a moving story of human connection. We follow two neurodivergent teens, Lily Michaels-Ryan, who has ADHD, and Abelard Mitchell, who has Asperger’s, as they come together after serving detention and bond over a love for ancient love letters. Lily and Abelard grow closer, and they must explore what defines a relationship, and what is best for each of them.

    I absolutely loved that this story featured two

    . It was fantastic seeing how Lily and Abelard process the world differently. This is

    , and you can clearly see what Lily is dealing with with her own ADHD - her confusion, frustration, drifting, and focus are all clearly captured and reflected. I loved her talking about how asking for help made her angry, because I feel like that is so easy to relate to. Lily feels like she’s broken, and she breaks things, but Abelard accepts and embraces Lily for who she is. They relate in a beautiful way and their connect and history feel so real and earnest. I really loved them.

    All of

    is so cute and fluffy. I loved all of the texts and references to The Letters of Abelard and Heloise - it was so unique and seemed perfectly them. I also really loved the love letters they wrote to each other - they were made of all things swoon worthy and happiness.

    The

    . The passion of wanting more, but not being sure if you can maintain what you have or be who you want to be if you’re with this person, was so beautifully mirrored in Lily and Abelard’s journey.

    I really love that the characters in the story

    . Lily’s mom repeatedly tells Lily that she can’t rely on another person, in this case Abelard, for happiness. And Abelard sees Lily, not as a broken person, but a fractal - perfectly chaotic - and worthy of affection as she is.

    There was some surprising

    that was really showcased by Lily’s narration and inner dialogue. One of my favorite lines is both poignant and candid:

    This isn’t a negative so much as a wish, I would have LOVED a POV from Abelard. I was

    , but this really was Lily’s story. Abelard having a POV would have been awesome to get more of him, his mindset, his perspective of their relationship, and his emotions.

    is a surprisingly humorous tale of love and connections between two neurodivergent teens. The characters are captivatingly real and the emotions are grippingly honest. This love story is a tale for the ages.

  • Cait (Paper Fury)

    On one side: I thought it's like the

    ADHD (#ownvoices too!) rep I've read in a long time...plus it was a girl and girls with disabilities are totally underdone!! But on the

    side: I felt it contradicted itself in some themes and ultimately I didn't like the ending.

    Pls never mind me. I'm just crying.

    (Also "confliction" isn't a word apparently?!? WHAT, SPELLCHECK.)

    On one side: I thought it's like the

    ADHD (#ownvoices too!) rep I've read in a long time...plus it was a girl and girls with disabilities are totally underdone!! But on the

    side: I felt it contradicted itself in some themes and ultimately I didn't like the ending.

    Pls never mind me. I'm just crying.

    (Also "confliction" isn't a word apparently?!? WHAT, SPELLCHECK.)

    Like Abelard and Lily talk to each other in quotes from this book

    which I have 0% intention of ever reading but LIKE THAT IS REALLY COOL!! And both Abelard and Lily

    16. It's nice reading about 16-year-olds who are youngerish because #relatable for me of how I was at 16. Ohhh and did I mention there are actually good parents in this book!? I mean, some good and bad, but ALL the main characters had at least one good parent who was avidly involved in their life. #WhatIsThis

    I saw a note in my eARC to say the author based the ADHD off her own, which makes me

    happy to read about diverse authors getting to write diverse books. It definitely absolutely lends a deep level of personal and passionate experience. I could totally see it on page. I was a bit disappointed in Abelard because his autism was obviously a big part, but also not really talked about or explored at all? So I consider this more of an ADHD book than an autism book.

    Lily feels like she lives life 30 seconds faster than everyone else, and Abelard processes things about 30 seconds slower. I LOVED THIS. And

    ever wanted the other to change. <3

    Her voice was amazing -- fast and intense and I loved being in her thought process! You can really see she's hurting and super depressed too. Like her meds aren't working for her and she's failing school and life really sucks. She keeps breaking things and she doesn't KNOW what she wants and fajdskl.

    Now I don't WANT to say too much because (a) I don't want to give spoilers! and (b) everyone is different, everyone's experiences are different, and if your quality of life sucks to a level where you hate living -- you need to do something about it. I truly believe in being proud of your disabilities (I have an "invisible" disability) and I personally believe half the grief we suffer isn't

    of things we can't do, but rather because of that whole "putting a round peg in a square hole" or whatever. BUT THAT'S MY PERSONAL VIEW.

    Which I personally feel is really true.

    And while Lily's mother said, "Don't change for people" but

    Anyway. Maybe I misinterpreted. I just feel a little sad.

    It's kind of feels-punched as well as super super cute at times!! Abelard was adorable and Lily was an absolute amazing bean. It has some fantastically heartfelt lines and explores a lot of what it's like to live with a body and brain you feel is out of control. I'm just...just not super pleased with the ending, gah.

  • Jessica (Book_Obsessed_Jess)

    I adored the cuteness of this book. There was so much

    like...and dislike....

    All quotes are not final until actual publication.

    Lily is 30 seconds ahead, neurons firing at lightspeed and Abelard is 30 seconds behind in processing. They are both

    I adored the cuteness of this book. There was so much

    like...and dislike....

    All quotes are not final until actual publication.

    Lily is 30 seconds ahead, neurons firing at lightspeed and Abelard is 30 seconds behind in processing. They are both intelligent and lonely because of the way their brains are wired. It makes them different. Props to the book for not making those differences feel like a bad thing. As someone with ADD, I understood her thought processes so well. The desire to run away. Being unable to stay in the same train of thought. People looking at you like you are crazy because your stories are non-linear but make total sense to you. Sometimes not understanding what people are saying, even though they are talking directly to you because your brain can't process it sometimes. Being medicated and feeling like you are a completely different person. There is so much I identified with, but it was also stressful to read a book with a thought process similar to mine.

    It's lazy, it tears down others. SO MUCH NO. Instance #1: "I'm not like other girls." Instance #2: when looking at the other students in the robo-lab with Abelard, she notes two other guys and a "nerd girl." Why are they not nerd boys? Because she is interested in science, it makes her a nerd girl? I'm not a fan. Let's not do this anymore.

    . I loved it. I shipped it. I appreciated that they discussed Abelard's sensory overload in regards to their relationship. I appreciated that Lily saw a good opportunity for him and didn't prevent him from reaching out for it. I appreciate that their relationship felt mutually supportive and that they truly understood each other.

    . I can concede that the ending will feel differently for many people, and if I was in

    position, I might have done the same. However, for a book that is all about being true to yourself and not changing for anyone, it sure made a 180 degree turn. I'm not saying it was a

    ending, but it wasn't the ending I wanted.

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  • Joshua Gabriel (Ever Bookish Josh)

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    I'm glad that I've found another meaningful contemporary novel that deals with mental health. I honestly didn't have high expectations when I requested this book from the publisher, so I was delightfully surprised by its enlightening and philosophical content. If you're looking for an Own Voices

    .

    I'm glad that I've found another meaningful contemporary novel that deals with mental health. I honestly didn't have high expectations when I requested this book from the publisher, so I was delightfully surprised by its enlightening and philosophical content. If you're looking for an Own Voices novel that is worth your time (and money), go ahead and pick this up on December.

    is the story of two "broken" teenagers. Abelard has Asperger syndrome, while Lily has ADHD (like the author). They've known each other since childhood, but they only become real friends when they are both detained for "innocently" destroying school property. Since Abelard finds it extremely difficult to talk face-to-face, he and Lily start a connection through texting. They have both love

    , and they cleverly exchange passages to express their thoughts and emotions.

    Unsurprisingly, this book had a character-driven story. Lily was the sole narrator, and her inner musings ranged from dark, to cynical, to downright hilarious. She was a very interesting character because she was caught in a quandary every day in school; even though she had ADHD, her peers and teachers seemed to be oblivious to her special needs and treated her like she was like an ordinary teenager. It was sad and ironic that Lily, one of the brightest students, was mistaken for a truant. I totally understood why Lily hated going to school since it was practically her own version of hell.

    One of the lessons that I gleaned from this book is that sensitivity and consideration should never be out of fashion, especially towards people with mental conditions. We shouldn't look down on them or treat them with condescension in the academe because they can actually have the capacity to be better or smarter than other "normal" students. For example, Abelard was indeed a social hermit because of Asperger's, but his love for mathematics and science enabled him to participate in regional robotics competitions. Of course, this happened in a work of fiction. Nevertheless, I think that it can happen in real life.

    Another great thing about this book was that unlike some of its peers in the YA market, it didn't depict love as the cure-all for mental illness. Abelard and Lily were head over heels for each other. They made each other happy and secure, but they still had to struggle with their respective mental conditions. In the end, one of them sought the help of science in order to have a shot at "normalcy."

    I nearly forgot to mention how impressed I was by the author's creativity. It was amazing how she managed to integrate specific, evocative quotes from

    into Lily and Abelard's conversations, which were always smooth and coherent. Logically, the quotes weren't just chosen at random. Otherwise, the book would have been so disorganized and confusing. xD

    This book was generally enjoyable and insightful, but there was one thing that I really disliked: Lily and Abelard acted like jerks toward their parents. It was good that family dynamics were included or explored. Lily's mom in particular was a prominent figure in the novel as she tried her best to meet Lily's needs. However, I was annoyed that Lily often treated her mother with disrespect. She even had the audacity to say the f word, for crying out loud! Abelard wasn't as bad as Lily, but his behavior around his parents could be described as...cold. I had already encountered the same problem in

    , another mental health novel I recently finished. With that in mind, I really dislike it when such books seem to use mental illness as a convenient excuse for characters to be so rude or ungrateful.

    All things considered,

    was fun to read. It didn't please me entirely, but I would recommend it because of it's enlightening content. Thus, I am excited to read more books by Laura Creedle. :)

  • Ishmeen

    I had been eagerly waiting for The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily to be released so when my request to review it was accepted, you can imagine how I grateful I was! I was really intrigued by the synopsis since I have read books with autistic reps in the past but never one with an ADHD rep!

    I quite liked the pace of the story and although there is insta-love, the relationship development between Lily and A

    I had been eagerly waiting for The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily to be released so when my request to review it was accepted, you can imagine how I grateful I was! I was really intrigued by the synopsis since I have read books with autistic reps in the past but never one with an ADHD rep!

    I quite liked the pace of the story and although there is insta-love, the relationship development between Lily and Abelard is so sweet and innocent you can't help but fall in love with them :') I enjoyed the story overall but I did wish that there was more to the ending. I was hoping for a bit more romance as well but I am not too upset about it since the story in itself was a cute and unique read!

  • Beatrice Masaluñga

     is such a wonderful debut novel with protagonists that have an ADHD and Asperger Syndrome / Asperger's. 

     and

     have known each other since they were kids but it wasn't until they're in high school where they got closer. It all started one day, she and Abelard broke the classroom wall and got detention. For Lily, attending school is a da

     is such a wonderful debut novel with protagonists that have an ADHD and Asperger Syndrome / Asperger's. 

     and

     have known each other since they were kids but it wasn't until they're in high school where they got closer. It all started one day, she and Abelard broke the classroom wall and got detention. For Lily, attending school is a daily struggle especially having short attention span and being impulsive most of the time. As for Abelard, he's intelligent but has difficulties on interacting with other people. 

    Both of them are fascinating characters and the romance between them was pure and heartwarming. After the kiss they shared, they started texting each other and exchanging passages from Héloïse d'Argenteuil's 

     . I love it's their way of expressing each other's feelings. It's clever, endearing and romantic. These two have a lot of precious moments and it definitely made me happy for them. 

    She's a smart and witty girl who loves classic novels. With the support and love from her family and her boyfriend Abelard, it inspired her more to reach her dreams. It's like "If Abelard can go to college, so am I. Screw the monster inside my head. I can do it!".

    Raising a child with a mental illness isn't an easy task. Sometimes Lily have outbursts and yet she remained firm and calm with the situation so as not to aggravate her further. 

    We should not isolate people suffering mental illness. Like normal people, they have feelings and we should be mindful with our words so as not to hurt them.

    Lily had a chance to make her own decisions. It gives her a sense of independence and confidence. It's her choice if she's undergoing a medical procedure or not. Everything is up to her. 

    It may have ended vaguely and a part of me wants Abelard's point of view, it's still a notable and lovely debut. Is it too much if I want a sequel for Lily and Abelard? I want to know what happens next.

    Full review posted.

  • Brina (5171MilesBooks)

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    I think the coolest feature of this story was the authenticity of Abelard and Heloise, the two people Abelard and Lily bonded over. Abelard and Heloise, two star-crossed lovers from the medieval times around 1116, became famous for exchanging love letters - just like Abelard and Lily did in this story, only they exchanged love letters via text. They not only te

    Read full review here:

    I think the coolest feature of this story was the authenticity of Abelard and Heloise, the two people Abelard and Lily bonded over. Abelard and Heloise, two star-crossed lovers from the medieval times around 1116, became famous for exchanging love letters - just like Abelard and Lily did in this story, only they exchanged love letters via text. They not only texted each other what they were feeling, they even quoted medieval love letters from Abelard and Heloise themselves.

    Which brings me to Abelard and Lily's relationship status. I didn't know those two were actually dating until Lily referred to Abelard as her boyfriend. I was honestly surprised and really confused about this turn of events. There were no obvious feelings, no build-up and no indication whatsoever that those two would become an item any time soon. Don't get me wrong, they were really cute together but it was so out of the blue that I thought missed a whole bunch of chapters.

    Another thing that really confused me were sentences like "Don't come in - you haven't

    " or "I have filled out a

    form for you. Your mother will have to sign the

    and return it to the main office before you can

    ..." and "

    your

    ". For just a moment, I thought those were Spanish words because a few of the teachers and students had Spanish names and were talking in that language too. But I quickly dismissed that thought because even though I can't speak a word Spanish, those couldn't be Spanish after all - even I knew that. In the end, it took me almost the entire book to figure out that Lily's ADHD made her comprehend some words differently at times. At least that's what I think was happening here. If I'm wrong, please explain to me what was really going on.

    I don't suffer from ADHD, I have no friends that suffer from ADHD and I have never read a book about a character that was suffering from ADHD, which is why I have no clue about any symptons, cause, occurence, or severity of ADHD. Laura Creedle should definitely have explained the basic knowledge of this behavior to the reader.

    I was bored about halfway through the book and I was skipping through the last 45% of the book and I was rather relieved when it was over.

    was not the story I was hoping for.

    **********

    I expected a little more...

    RTC!

  • brooklynnnne

    This was a very interesting, thought provoking, and emotional read. There was much more depth than I expected and I really liked that because it made the story seem more raw and real.

    In all elements with this novel it seemed similar to a John Green novel. That isn't an insult AT ALL. John Green writes deep, emotional novels with complex characters and that was exactly what this novel also had. Both of the main characters are struggling with their own personal dilemmas while also trying to be th

    This was a very interesting, thought provoking, and emotional read. There was much more depth than I expected and I really liked that because it made the story seem more raw and real.

    In all elements with this novel it seemed similar to a John Green novel. That isn't an insult AT ALL. John Green writes deep, emotional novels with complex characters and that was exactly what this novel also had. Both of the main characters are struggling with their own personal dilemmas while also trying to be there for each other. I am being vague here (as always) because I think it's best to go into this story (any story, really) blind.

    I think there are both characteristics that readers will identify with these main characters as well as characteristics that readers will not relate to at all. Some of the characteristics/struggles that the main characters had I did not personally relate to but effected me emotionally and increased my knowledge towards what people may go through everyday. It definitely made me think.

    The ending, I am not sure about. Part of me liked it and part of me is unsure. Was it left open for a sequel? Or was it left open so readers could question and interpret their own ending. I also am apprehensive regarding the "solution" that Lily is facing. I do not know how realistic it is in our reality as well as it has me question the message that is being sent. The majority of the novel feels like it's a message that everyone is unique with their own personal assets (in accompaniment with their struggles). However, this "solution" almost promotes the opposite idea and that an individual can be "cured". I am interested to read other opinions on this as well as the opinions of those affected by disabilities.

    Overall, I did really enjoy this novel. It made me feel and it made me think. The one thing holding me back from fully supporting this novel was the introduction of what I felt was a "solution". That idea kind of makes me uncomfortable with the message that it could be sending. Aside from that, it was a very good read.

    ***Thank you to Goodreads as well as the author and publisher for supplying me with this novel via a giveaway***

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