Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

Between The Lines
Author: Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
Genre: Young Adult
Format: ARC
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: 6-26-12
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. – Goodreads

This book was a hot item at ALA Midwinter because so many have grown to love Jodi Picoult’s work.  For this book, she teamed up with her daughter, Samantha.  I wasn’t sure what to expect because Jodi  Picoult’s books are always emotionally challenging, but this story was clearly conceived by someone who loves books and the story was a light and refreshing read.  There were clever and imaginative touches throughout the book that built a world outside and inside of the story within the story.  Without being syrupy, Delilah and Oliver’s relationship is cute and his life inside the book was a very inventive aspect of the story.

I loved Delilah.  I think that anyone who has ever loved a book so much that they wanted to be in it, will love her, too.  Books are her escape and as her relationship with Oliver progresses and she becomes more determined to get him out, her real life starts to fade away in pursuit of her goal.  It was this aspect of the story that I really liked. Through journey that Delilah takes to try to free Oliver, she learns that the life she wants is actually out there and she is capable of having it.  Between the Lines was a sweet and entertaining story that will appeal to adults and to a wide range of YA readers. 

This book earned 3.5 birds rounded up to 4:

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7 responses to “Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

  1. Great review, Kate! I don’t think I’ve ever read a Jodi Picoult book (I know!), but I’ve been curious about this book. I know she and her daughter will be here in a couple weeks, so maybe I’ll check it out then!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts <3

  2. I have not ever read a Jodi Picoult book, even though I have a few of hers on my shelf. I’m interested in this one and will probably give it a read this year.


  3. This book sounds like something I’d want to read, for sure. I’ve read and liked Jodi Picoult’s books, but the fact that this one was written with her daughter and features a protagonist who loves books about as much as I do definitely sells me on it.

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