I just finished the audiobook of Adelaide and I am not over it! This is the book I wish I had in my late twenties. It’s giving ‘Normal People’ and early Colleen Hoover.
This is a love story but not a traditional one. This is an unrequited love story which actually has a beautiful ending. It is also an unflinching look at mental health and self-esteem by a brilliant new author.
Adelaide is a wonderful friend to all, with a promising career (that she takes very seriously), living in London. When she meets Rory Hughes on a dating app, she is shocked to see that he is actually the same boy she randomly met a few years before and never forgot.
Adelaide falls hard for Rory and is a loving, warm and caring girlfriend to him. But no matter how hard she tries, she can’t just make him fall in love with her. (“𝘛𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘪𝘵 𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘈𝘥𝘦𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘥𝘦”, 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧. “𝘋𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘰𝘰 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩”. )
For anyone who’s ever dated someone who just didn’t reciprocate the same feelings, for anyone who’s ever experienced a soul-crushing breakup and lived to tell the tale, this story’s for you.
Caitlin Kelly does a wonderful job narrating this book. Her voice was light when it needed to be and soothing when necessary. A wonderful listening experience.
“𝘈𝘮 𝘐 𝘭𝘶𝘤𝘬𝘺 𝘰𝘳 𝘶𝘯𝘭𝘶𝘤𝘬𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘯 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯? 𝘚𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘳.”
(𝘐 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘱𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘰𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘔𝘢𝘤𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 Libro.fm. 𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘺 𝘰𝘸𝘯.)
About the Book:
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.