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 them. The two fall for each other. Hard. But is it enough to bridge...

Details The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily

TitleThe Love Letters of Abelard and Lily
Release DateDec 26th, 2017
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Health, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Romance

Reviews The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    Ohhh I have complicated feelings about this. On one side: I thought it's like the best ADHD (#ownvoices too!) rep I've read in a long it was a girl and girls with disabilities are totally underdone!! But on the other side: I felt it contradicted itself in some themes and ultimately I didn't like the ending. So I'll just sit here in a bucket of confliction. Pls never mind me. I'm just crying.(Also "confliction" isn't a word apparently?...
  • Beatrice Masaluñga
    Thank you HMH Teen for providing an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Love Letters of Abelard & Lily is such a wonderful debut novel with protagonists that have an ADHD and Asperger Syndrome / Asperger's. Lily Michaels-Ryan and  Abelard Mitchell  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 an...
  • Ishmeen
    First of all, I want to thank HMH teen for providing me an arc of this book via Netgalley 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...
  • Stacee
    4.5 starsI 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...
  • Joshua Gabriel (Ever Bookish Josh)
    Thank you, HMH Teen, for giving me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Love is about being broken beyond repair in the eyes of the world and finding someone who thinks you're just fine.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 philosoph...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    “For every horrible person in the universe, there is a truly amazingly good person waiting to undo the evil. It’s all a matter of timing.” The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily 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, ...
  • Anna Priemaza
    Lily Michaels-Ryan thinks of herself as She-Hulk. She's constantly breaking things, acting on impulses, and generally feeling more monster than human, as her ADHD makes her feel like her brain is broken. And being a monster is lonely.But then she starts dating Abelard, who not only understands what it's like to feel broken (since he's on the autism spectrum), but who finds her broken brain to be fascinating and beautiful. And for the first time, ...
  • Be A Rebel
    The description on Edelweiss originally included information stating that Lily had ADHD and Abelard had Aspergers. I immediately thought I have to read this book. I want to see inside the minds of these characters. Creedle didn't disappoint in her writing. Lily is a fully formed character with ADHD. Readers get to experience all the chaos inside her mind and understand (somewhat) what it is like to live life on the attention defecit spectrum. The...
  • Nancy
    What to say? All I can say is that I read this book over the course of two days, couldn't put it down and loved every word, every character and every moment that I spent with Lily and Abelard. Whew. I'm exhausted from all the emotions.
  • Leann Elaine
    I got to read this book as an ARC, and I must say it was wonderful! Lily is unique, but oh so familiar. There were many times where she would say or think something, and it was the same thing I had heard from my family members who are dyslexic or have ADHD. I felt like I was reading their story, and that meant the world to me. I can't wait to share this book with them.I was surprised, because I thought this was just a love story, but really, this...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    **Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complementary copy of THE LOVE LETTERS OF ABELARD AND LILY in exchange for my honest review**GRADE: B 4 STARSLily, impulsively kisses her classmate after going off her ADHD meds. Abelard is high functioning on the Autism Spectrum, doesn't normally like to be touched. The two begin aa atypical romance, despite their challenges, but those challenges may just tear them apart. Laura Creedle's debut novel will ...
  • Julie
    I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this amazing story and I loved it. Lily is so raw and real and her struggles to make sense of her ADHD and her family and her love for Abelard made this book completely engrossing.
  • Rebecca
    This was a one-sit read for me! Once I started, I couldn't stop. Come distractions and emotional upheavals, I couldn't put it down. Except for the occasions where the tenuous nature of first loves, what it means to have control over your life, and the question of what is broken and what is normal drove me to stare into the vast eternity of the white ceiling above me. I can't wait for this book to be out in the world so that people I know and love...
  • Amanda Hill
    This book was everything. I finished it in a day and a half because I couldn't stop reading. The characters are all fully formed and so real and relatable. The insights into ADHD were fantastic. Such a beautiful book.
  • Amelia
    I received a free ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.3.5 Stars.The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily is a very special and unique debut. The story follows Lily, a sixteen-year-old with ADHD, who "accidentally" kisses Abelard, her high-functioning autistic peer. (I'm going to refer to Abelard as autistic considering Asperger's is no longer a diagnostic category in the DSM.) After their impulsive kiss follows a heartfelt romance bet...
  • Leigh Mar
    I finished an ARC of this in one sitting. Lily and Abelard's story is sweet and unique and made me smile and, okay, made me cry a bit too. Being in Lily's POV pulls you into her challenges and frustrations and you can't help but root for her from chapter 1. Loved it!
  • Aden Polydoros
    The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily is a superbly written debut with a diverse cast of characters and a gripping story line. With its touching, realistic portrayal of mental illness, this book will appeal to fans of Neal Shusterman's Challenger Deep and John Green's Paper Towns. Creedle has a gift for bringing her characters to life. Lily's character resonated with me in a way that few characters do. Every scene is filtered through her eyes. Lil...
  • Marty Mayberry
    I adored this book.Laura Creedle has a true gift for writing gorgeous prose. Lily's voice just blew me away, and Abelard is a sweet, shy, slightly awkward guy who's real and beautiful. This book made my heart ache.I can't wait to see what Laura writes next.
  • Vicky Who Reads
    5 starsLily Michaels-Ryan thinks she's broken. She's ditched her ADHD meds because she doesn't like how they make her feel and accidentally lands herself in detention with Abelard, a boy in her grade with Asperger's.Abelard is brilliant and beautiful, and although her mind seems to be perpetually thirty seconds ahead while his is thirty behind, Lily's intrigued.When a drawing Lily captioned accidentally goes up on the internet & Abelard sees it, ...
  • Rebeca
    Thank you so much HMHTeen for sending me an ARC of The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily ❤I really loved this story, and don’t know what else to say, that usually happens to me when I read a boom that I liked and loved. The characters, Abelard and Lily, were so real and perfect, I liked how they could be themselves with each other even if it was scary sometimes.I admire Lily, I admire how strong she is and how finally starts to do something fo...
  • Jessica
    A modern love story, based on text messages between two neuro-atypical different high school students. Lily has been diagnosed with ADHD and considers herself a breaker of all things, so it doesn't surprise her when she winds up in the Principals office for breaking a door - what does surprise her is the kiss she gives Abelard who resides somewhere on the autism spectrum. They set about falling in love texting each other quotes from the love lett...
  • Tammy
    I absolutely loved this one. Lily has dyslexia and ADHD and it is written from her viewpoint. This was very interesting. The reader actually gets a taste of what it is like with these disorders. At times it was as frustrating for the reader as it was for Lily. Abelard was, as Lily put it, the fixer of things and she was the breaker of things. They just worked together. Their texts were their main conversations since it was easier for them with th...
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    I received this book from HMH in return for an honest review, this does not change the contents or rating of my review.I absolutely loved this book! For someone who probably reads the fewest contemporary YAs (I'm usually drawn in by sci fi, fantasy, thrillers), I've read some really darn good contemps this year, and I'm happy to continue on the ride for as long as they're this good! The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily hit all the things that I l...
  • Meg (PopReadsBox)
    I was smitten with this book from the first chapter. This is an own voices novel in which the main character, Lily is likable, funny, and also has ADHD. She sees the world in unique and interesting ways. I found myself continuously wanting to see everyday events through her eyes. I loved the romance between Abelard and Lily. Even with unlimited technology, a modern romance can still develop through antiquated means. I appreciated the character de...
  • Vania
    This book was A M A Z I N G.Heartfelt and monstrous, I loved it dearly.
  • Michele
    This. Book. Is. Amazing. 😲Thank you to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 👍🏻Lily has impulse control issues, among other things, and Abelard has Asberger’s. They orbited each other in elementary school but finally collided in high school. Neither are “normal” and this book is fanTAStic at capturing their interactions. 👍🏻I wanted to return to this book each night and was sad when it was ...