The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily

Children's Book and Media Review, Sep 2018

Lily is a senior in high school with ADHD. One day in class, she takes notice of Abelard, a boy in her grade who is on the autism spectrum. Later in the principal's office, she kisses him impulsively, sparking a unique and undefinable relationship between the two. Using an old medieval book, The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise, as a template, they text every night and meet each other at school during the day. But while their relationship is sweet, constant obstacles arise to turn it sour. Through a lot of talking, a lot of texting, and several quotes from literature, Lily and Abelard manage to overcome their most difficult trials to stay together as a couple, deep in the throes of true love.

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The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily

hTe Lo Meagan Andrus Follow this and additional works at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr BYU ScholarsArchive Citation Author Laura Creedle Illustrator Reviewer Meagan Andrus Rating Outstanding Level Young Adult Publisher Houghton Mifflin Har ISBN 9780316057806 Book Review The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily Lily is a senior in high school with ADHD. One day in class, she takes notice of Abelard, a boy in her grade who is on the autism spectrum. Later in the principal’s office, she kisses him impulsively, sparking a unique and undefinable relationship between the two. Using an old medieval book, The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise, as a template, they text every night and meet each other at school during the day. But while their relationship is sweet, constant obstacles arise to turn it sour. Through a lot of talking, a lot of texting, and several quotes from literature, Lily and Abelard manage to overcome their most difficult trials to stay together as a couple, deep in the throes of true love. This book is another great look at neurodiverse teenage love. Lily is a sympathetic main character with great strengths and great weaknesses. Since the book is told through her perspective, readers get to understand a little better what it’s like to have ADHD in a world that favors the neurotypical. Abelard and Lily’s love story is sweet, tender, and realistic, perfect for fans of a delightful but complicated romance. Creedle does a wonderful job of weaving an intricate story full of big questions about how mental illness should be treated and how different neurodifferent people actually are. All readers who enjoy a sweet romance with unique and new characters will love this debut novel. *Contains severe language and mild sexual content.


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Meagan Andrus. The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily, Children's Book and Media Review, 2018,