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Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

51cJKQo4E-L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Between the Lines
Jodi Picoult
Publication Date: 26th June 2012
Pages: 368 pages
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781471202797
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

In this delightful companion novel to Off the Page, #1 New York Times bestselling authors Jodi Picoult and her daughter and co writer, Samantha van Leer, present a novel filled with romance, adventure, and humor in a story you’ll never forget. What happens when happily ever after…isn’t? Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book–one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah. And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom. A romantic and charming story, this companion novel to Off the Page will make every reader believe in the fantastical power of fairy tales.

Can you imagine what it would be like to know that your life was just going to be a series of days that were all the same, that were do-overs?” 

Delilah seems like your typical teenage girl who happens to love a certain fairy tale. Yet when she reads the fairy tale, she notices that certain things are changing within the fairy tale. Oliver and the other characters are very different within the fairy tale itself. They have the roles that they play within the fairy tale, but have lives and are very different within the fairy tale. We also learn that Delilah and Oliver can communicate with each other. At first Delilah think she is losing her mind, but finds that Oliver wants to get out of the book. So Delilah and Oliver try to find different ideas, none of them working out very well.

While many crossover young adult books appeal to teens and adults because they can reach both on different levels, some are successful and popular with readers because they appeal to the teen in every reader, regardless of their actual age. Barely past page one of Between the Lines, I found myself relating to Delilah’s school life, her obsessions with books and her huge crush on Oliver. 

One of the things that I loved about this book was the illustrations. The illustrations were absolutely beautiful. I felt that as we were reading the fairy tale part of Between The Lines the art really represented some of the good parts of what you love about fairy tales when you were young. The illustrator of this book really did a good job. I totally enjoyed the illustrations as they made the book a much richer experience for me as a reader.

Between the Lines will have you guessing to the very end and devouring each page at great speed. With gorgeous illustrations dotted around the pages, it is the kind of book you can escape into, just like Delilah. A delight.

I definitely 100% recommend this book for young adults aged 12+ that love romantic fairy tale based fantasy’s. The book is told from both Delilah and Oliver’s POV’s as well as the original fairy tale. If you have read Jodi Picoult’s previous books and think this book will be like those, it is most definitely not. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Off The Page.

If you’ve read this book and loved it, or hated it please feel free to discuss it in the comments below 🙂

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