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The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily
Contributor(s): Creedle, Laura
ISBN: 0544932056     ISBN-13: 9780544932050
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: December 2017
Annotation: Lily, who has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and Abelard, who has Asperger's, meet in detention and discover a mutual affinity for love letters--and, despite their differences, each other.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Love; Fiction.
Letters; Fiction.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2016037229
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 6.00" W x 1.25" (1.00 lbs) 342 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q70248
Reading Level: 6.2   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 18.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring)
Narrator Lily breaks things, fails her classes, and refuses her ADHD medication. Abelard fixes things, aspires to attend an early college program, and struggles with ASD. Creedle sensitively portrays both teenagers' frustrations, intelligence, and empathy as they navigate a fragile romance amid the realities of their respective neurological conditions; Lily's depiction, especially as she contemplates undergoing a complex medical intervention, stands out. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 October #2)

Despite having dyslexia and ADHD, sophomore Lily Michaels-Ryan is well-read when it comes to medieval literature. When she was a child, her father used to read her The Letters of Abelard and Héloïse, the tragic tale of two lovers in 12th-century France. Lily's father has since moved away to a cooperative farm, and the only Abelard in her life is Abelard Mitchell, a classmate with Asperger's syndrome. When Lily and Abelard get sent to the vice principal's office after a classroom incident, something sparks between them and leads to an unexpected romance. With wit, empathy, and insight, first-time author Creedle traces the smitten teens' growing understanding of each other's disabilities and mutual desire to make their relationship work. Though they face many obstacles—Lily's impulsiveness and propensity to break things, Abelard's reticence and sensitivity to touch—they find ways to communicate, often through text messages. Readers will be moved by the sacrifices the teens make for each other, and the open-ended conclusion invites speculation while providing reassurance that the bonds formed between these characters won't easily be broken. Ages 12–up. Agent: Jim McCarthy, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. (Dec.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 January)

Gr 8 Up—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

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.