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The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily
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The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily
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When Lily Michaels-Ryan ditches her ADHD meds and lands in detention with Abelard, she's intrigued—he 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 is perfect for fans of Eleanor and Park and creates characters that will stay with you long after you finish reading.


When Lily Michaels-Ryan ditches her ADHD meds and lands in detention with Abelard, she's intrigued—he 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 is perfect for fans of Eleanor and Park and creates characters that will stay with you long after you finish reading.


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  • Laura Creedle lives in Austin, Texas, and writes about her experiences as an ADHD writer at www.lauracreedle.com. The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily is her debut novel.

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  • Kirkus

    September 15, 2017
    When two white Texas teens--Lily with ADHD, Abelard with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder--fall in love, their romance loosely tracks that of their medieval predecessors. If she raises her grades and stops skipping school, Lily might be allowed to visit Dad--medieval-history scholar-turned-Oregon goat farmer--this summer. Failure seems likely; Lily's hidden her emotionally deadening meds in the bedroom she shares with her little sister, who attends a school for gifted kids. When Lily lands in detention with handsome, smart, socially isolated Abelard, he covers for her, earning her appreciative kiss. Having inadvertently exposed Abelard to online ridicule, Lily borrows from the letters of Abelard and Heloise and apologizes. A strong text-based and shaky in-person romance ensues. Abelard's journey from social isolation to engagement is slow (hovering parents don't help). While Lily's dream of Oregon collapses with her grades, Abelard awaits admission to a prestigious college-prep program in New Mexico. At her mother's urging, Lily consents to experimental brain surgery. Banishing or alleviating her symptoms could make college (previously ruled out) possible for her, too. As revealed in her trenchant narration, Lily's smart, funny, impulsive, easily distracted--ADHD is part of her. How will excising it affect her? Her romance with Abelard? Everyone around her has an opinion, and so will readers. Because many teens with ADHD manage college without medication (the surgery option is fiction), the scenario's either/or premise also merits examination. Entertaining, thought-provoking, and unsettling--in a good way. (Fiction. 12-16)

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 9, 2017
    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.

  • School Library Journal

    January 1, 2018

    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 Heloise, 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 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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