Between the Lines

April 14, 2015 Book Review 1

Between the LinesBetween the Lines by Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer
Published by Simon and Schuster on June 26th, 2012
Pages: 368
Source: Library

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.

Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale.

My Thoughts:

This book has been popular with my students since it came out but I never got around to reading it. Now that a companion book is on it’s way I figured I should check it out. What a quick and fun read! I just flew through the story.

When I think of all the times I’ve wished a character from a book was real! It was so fun to read a book where that actually turns out to be the case. Delilah was basically teen me in that respect. It was so fun to see her interact with Oliver. I can only imagine how freaky (yet potentially awesome!) it would actually be to have a favorite character come to life. (Oh, Mr. Darcy!!!)

The way this book is told is also unique. We get to see both Delilah’s and Oliver’s perspective.  In addition,n there are “excerpts” from the story Oliver is a character in. It was interesting to see all these different aspects. My favorite was seeing what Oliver’s life was like when his story wasn’t being read… kind of a behind the scenes of the characters lives!

Between the Lines is a fun read great for fans of fairy tale retellings.

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