Friday, June 15, 2012

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

Between the Lines
by Jodi Picoult and 
Samantha Van Leer
Expected Publication:  June 26, 2012 
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Source:  ARC
Rating 4/5 Stars

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:  Between the lines is a really fun story.  Deliliah is a 15-year-old teenager who doesn't quite fit in with everyone else.  She loves to read, and one book has become her favorite.  The only problem is that the book she loves so much is a fairy tale for kids entitled "Between the Lines."  Try as she may, she just can't stay away from it.  Deliliah is a bit of a social outcast and her only friend, other that her books, is Jules, who has the whole wild punk-rocker scene going on.  (Her character is really fun and entertaining).   Deliliah is enthralled with Prince Oliver, the main character in her book.......and Prince Oliver is enthralled with Deliliah, and desperately wants to get out of that book and into her world.  

The story is written from Deliliah's point of view, as well as from Prince Oliver's point of view, and is also told from a narrative fairy tale perspective.  I found the story to be delightful and entertaining, and everything you would imagine a YA fairy tale to be.  I loved the interaction between Deliliah and Oliver as they plotted and planned trying to figure out a way to get Oliver out of the book, as well as all the adventure that took place in the process of trying to make this happen.  I also enjoyed the other characters in the book, especially the mermaids.  The ending was really a classic happily ever after one with a different twist.  I would recommend this book for girls even as young as 9 or 10. I think I would have enjoyed it at that age.   Between the Lines is a cute and imaginative modern day fairy tale that girls of all ages will love.  


  1. This sounds like a great book. When I first saw it I was interested in it, but haven't heard much about it. Thanks for the great review.

  2. Seems interesting, think i'll add it to my tbr. Great review!

  3. This is the first time I've heard of this book. It sounds really cute! Great review :) It definitely helped me get a better idea of the story because the synopsis is pretty vague.


  4. Is Jodi Picoult becoming a writer like James Patterson?
    Basically lending her name to be associated with books written by others?

    1. She co-authored this book with Samantha, who is her daughter. I don't know if she will be lending her name to be associated with books written by other's though.


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