by Genevieve Wheeler
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Pub Date 18 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 02 May 2023
“A beautifully-written, deeply-felt exploration of what it means to love and be loved.”–– Jill Santopolo, New York Times bestselling author of The Light We Lost
In love . . .
For twenty-six-year-old Adelaide Williams, an American living in dreamy London, meeting Rory Hughes was like a lightning bolt out of the blue: this charming Englishman was The One she wasn’t even looking for.
Is it enough?
Does he respond to texts? Honor his commitments? Make advance plans? Sometimes, rarely, and no, not at all. But when he shines his light on her, the world makes sense, and Adelaide is convinced that, in his heart, he’s fallen just as deeply as she has. Then, when Rory is rocked by an unexpected tragedy, Adelaide does everything in her power to hold him together—even if it means losing herself in the process.
When love asks too much of us, how do we find the strength to put ourselves first?
With unflinching honesty and heart, this relatable debut from a fresh new voice explores grief and mental health while capturing the timeless nature of what it’s like to be young and in love—with your friends, with your city, and with a person who cannot, will not, love you back.
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I loved absolutely everything about Adelaide by Genevieve Wheeler! This compelling story reads quickly, I couldn't put it down. The characters, especially our titular Adelaide, feel beyond real and oh-so-relatable. Pangs of heartbreak nestled throughout slices of life will grip you from start to finish. The all-knowing narrator hints at "What's To Come" in a truly inspired writing style - foreboding, engaging, clever.
Weeks after finishing the book, I still find myself longing to hear from my dear friend, Adelaide. I suspect I'll be thinking of her for some time.
I hope and pray Ms. Wheeler has more stories up her sleeve!
Read it, you'll love it. Gift it, they'll thank you. 5 Stars.
Just as Adelaide’s life is divided into before and after Rory, I firmly believe my life will now be divided into before and after reading this masterpiece of a book.
I felt all of Adelaide’s pain and heartbreak and joy and love, and I absolutely adored every minute of it.
Adelaide is out in April 2023 and I strongly suggest you put it on your TBR.
(Content warnings: suicidal ideations, mental health, sexual assault)
Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC!
Adelaide tells the tale of what happens when you give too much of yourself to everyone else and it literally sucks the will
to live out of you. For anyone who has suffered through a relationship where you are carrying the entire emotional load and you need a cathartic cry, this is the book for you.
That’s not to say that there were not amazing moments in Adelaide’s journey to healing, especially those with her best friends who were there for her as much as she was for them.
Overall, this was a tough but necessary read. It shows that even when you hit rock bottom, there is a way back up, and hopefully you never find yourself tangled up with the Rorys and Emorys of this world.
Thank you so much to St. Martin’s and NetGalley for this ARC.
Omniscient narrator? Yes please! Female friendship focus? I'm sold! Young adult American expat living in London? Genevieve Wheeler nailed it! Adelaide is a beautiful, tragic, and hopeful story. And the cover art isn't bad either!
I knew nothing about this book when I started it. Within 2 chapters I couldn't put it down. Adelaide is loving, giving, caring, and a wee bit broken without realizing it. I found myself rooting for her and hoping for all the best in her life. You learn of her loves, losses, past, amazing friendships, and crazy adventures. It's beautifully and sensitively written and I am so glad I enjoy every minute of this book.
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