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, Romance, Health, Mental Health, Mental Illness

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...
  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    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 thei...
  • 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...
  • Jessica (Book_Obsessed_Jess)
    I feel like I am being pulled in multiple directions. I adored the cuteness of this book. There was so much to like...and dislike....All quotes are not final until actual publication.You are a fractured snowflake, a pattern repeated in infinite detail in a world full of salt crystals. You're not broken-you're perfect."PRO: Proper ADHD representation and Asperger's representation. Lily is 30 seconds ahead, neurons firing at lightspeed and Abelard ...
  • Brina (5171MilesBooks)
    2 StarsRead full review here: 5171 Miles Book BlogThank you to HMH Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review.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...
  • 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, ...
  • Sam Kozbial
    I loved so many things about this book, but mostly I loved Lily. Obviously, the hopeless romantic in me adored that Lily and Abelard found each other. These two people, who were considered "different" connected through the words of two long ago lovers, and from there, love flourished. This one delivered a lot more than I was expecting, and I loved just about every second of it!•Pro: Lily. I LOVED Lily. Being in her head was quite an experience....
  • 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, ...
  • Rê
    4 “Keep the #ownvoices books coming” StarsThis book was so, so good. Cute. Heartbreaking, at times. Romantic. And above all, authentic.I’m not the best judge of ADHD or Asperger’s rep, but this sure felt like one of the most authentic representations of neurodivergent teens I’d seen in a while. And I’m a firm believer that is the result of the author’s experience. This is another successful example of why we need more #ownvoice book...
  • 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 ...
  • Read InAGarden
    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...
  • Amanda Rawson 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Lorna (fictionalflowerday)
    Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a sweet love story and had good representation of people who aren't necessarily neurotypical. The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle follows the story of Lily Michaels-Ryan, a sixteen-year-old girl who suffers from ADHD and dyslexia. During class one day, she breaks a crank on a wall that Abelard Mitchell is on the other side of. Abelard Mitchell is a classmate of Lily's who struggles with aut...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Isidora
    I think everyone should read this book. It's such a lovely and charming love story about two different children who want to feel love. And it will melt your heart and it will leave you heartbroken,but when you meet Abelard and Lily you will not regret one minute spending with them. Not one minute. Because they will grovel in your heart and stay there forever.If you want to read whole review you can do it at :)
  • 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!
  • carolina ☾
    By the middle, i was kind of done with it.
  • Olivia-Savannah Roach
    The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily was a novel which had me interested as soon as I heard about it. It distinctly made me think of books like Made You Up by Francesca Zappia, and if you know how much I loved that book, then you understand how excited I was to read this novel. I was especially interested in the mental health themes and representation.We immediately enter right into the world of Lily, who has ADHD. Lily’s attention span is shor...
  • Cynthia
    Such a great story! Lily and Abelard are such endearing characters. I am probably what you would call neurotypical, but I felt that I had a fascinating glimpse into what it must be like to live with severe ADHD and a tiny glimpse into the world of Asperger’s syndrome in our heroine and hero. I loved the construct of texting back and forth using quotes from a pair of real-life Medieval lovers. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, teen o...
  • 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...
  • 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...