The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on December 2017
Genres: Young Adult
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 their differences in person?
This hilarious, heartbreaking story of human connection between two neurodivergent teens creates characters that will stay with you long after you finish reading.
I don’t have a lot of experience with people with ADHD or Aspergers. Lily who has ADHD and Abelard who has Aspergers are two teens in high school that meet and fall into a relationship in all of it’s first love messy glory.
I really liked how Lily was portrayed. Her narrative really showed how she was suffering from ADHD, and how the medication and drugs affected her. Again, I don’t have a lot of experience with people who have either of these challenges, but I felt like it was very realistic and possibly true.
Abelard is a little harder. Because it’s told in Lily’s perspective, there’s a bit of her taking in how handsome he is and she is, obviously, a love struck teenager. And while they do have a nature rhythm to their relationship, I found it a little hard to see how they fell in love with each other so quickly.
Overall, the story is bittersweet and realistic with well drawn characters and good pacing. I really enjoyed my time with Lily and Abelard, and it made me research the original letters of Abelard and Heloise.