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In this delightful companion novel to Off the Page, #1
New York Times
bestselling authors Jodi Picoult and her daughter
and cowriter, Samantha van Leer, present the YA novel that started it
all! Filled with romance, adventure, and humor, the magic jumps off the
page (literally) 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.

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Reviews for Between the Lines:

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Jun 19, 2015

This was super fluffy, cute, and easy to read. It felt like I was reading a fairy tale as a child! It doesn't feel like young adult, but it's a charming, refreshing read! Here's my booktalk: https://youtu.be/D59k9BvRTVg
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Apr 17, 2012

a) Just because a woman/mermaid dislikes men doesn't make her a feminist. Oh my Lord, do I really have to bring this up after the Tempest fiasco? That makes her a misandrist: a man-hater. A feminist is a person who believes in equality for both men and women. GET THAT THROUGH YOUR HEADS. (This is not snark. This is pure naked truth.)

b) Just because you make a lack of courage your hero's tragic flaw doesn't mean you can make him perfect in every other way. I'm a little sick and tired of all the a) Just because a woman/mermaid dislikes men doesn't make her a feminist. Oh my Lord, do I really have to bring this up after the Tempest fiasco? That makes her a misandrist: a man-hater. A feminist is a person who believes in equality for both men and women. GET THAT THROUGH YOUR HEADS. (This is not snark. This is pure naked truth.)

b) Just because you make a lack of courage your hero's tragic flaw doesn't mean you can make him perfect in every other way. I'm a little sick and tired of all the boys who can make our gals blush with every smile or word they output.

c) An intimate connection does not occur because you've both lost a parent. Especially when the hero can't even remember aforementioned parent.

d) Why. On. Effing. Earth. Would. You. Use. CENTURY GOTHIC ON THE INSIDE OF A BOOK?! *shrieks* It suuuuure didn't help me take Delilah seriously. The font for Oliver's passages isn't much better. DX

(This is a really inadequate review, I realize. Please see my dear friend Nafiza's review, where she much more eloquently states why this book isn't good.) ...more
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May 26, 2012

There is a very famous play by Tom Stoppard called Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. The play deals with metaphysical elements of two-dimensional characters who question their existence and its cyclical nature. Between the Lines reminded me of that play. It, too, deals with a character in a fictional piece of work fighting against his existence or, perhaps, the lack of it. There are some very delightful illustrations accompanying the text – my favourite is the one where Prince Oliver is There is a very famous play by Tom Stoppard called Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. The play deals with metaphysical elements of two-dimensional characters who question their existence and its cyclical nature. Between the Lines reminded me of that play. It, too, deals with a character in a fictional piece of work fighting against his existence or, perhaps, the lack of it. There are some very delightful illustrations accompanying the text – my favourite is the one where Prince Oliver is climbing the text. The premise is definitely promising and in the beginning, I was quite entertained by the novel.

Unfortunately, it started unraveling for me after the first few chapters. While the exchanges between Delilah and Prince Oliver are engaging, Delilah herself is not a character I can empathize with or even relate to. I understand her love for reading but her fascination with one book to the point where she reads it over and over again consecutively is somehow not very believable. Maybe it’s just me. The thing that turned me off Delilah completely is the way she treats her best friend. How am I supposed to like a main character who throws away her only friend for a fictional character? Who doesn’t return her friend’s calls, ignores her entreaties to spend time together, lies to her – all for a guy who may or may not be able to change the medium of his existence. And then when we do get the requisite turning over a new leaf, will love you better and yay from Delilah, it is only for the express purpose of getting her friend to drive her somewhere – oh it’s not written as such but really, I read Between the Lines and yes, pun is intended.

Another thing that pretty much sealed the deal where the book is concerned is Delilah’s comment about the mermaids. For some context, the mermaids are written as boy-loving when the book is being read but once the covers are closed, they do not care for men at all. Apparently, according to Delilah, this makes them “hard-core feminists.” Right. I do not understand what not liking men or thinking that you do not need a man to complete you as a person has to do with being a feminist. Feminism has very little to do with men. Hating men is not feminism. Not wanting to be in a relationship is also not a sign of feminism. Feminism is not, I repeat, a disease. God. This makes me so angry. Okay.

Delilah is fifteen years old and from what I read, has not experienced life at all. She hasn’t met many people, has not had life altering experiences, has not lived and yet, she is talking about “destiny” and “fate” and meant to be together with you forever. Yep. Also, the ending is pretty ridiculous. I will not believe that a person would sacrifice so much so quickly. I don’t think so. It seemed too neat and too contrived.

Conclusion? I cannot recommend this book to you because I didn’t like it. This is not saying that you shouldn’t read it – I don’t dictate what you read and what you don’t. I’m just saying that there are better books out there. ...more
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Aug 16, 2016


That was a fun, quick and adorable read for youngsters as if straight from a Disney movie and I won’t be surprised if it does make it to the big screen. It’s imaginative and entertaining and the premise of the novel is indeed a curious thought- that characters of the books we read could be alive and could be living a life of their own, could jump from page to page when the reader isn’t reading the story written in the book. I already knew my 12 year old niece would love it and when I passed her
That was a fun, quick and adorable read for youngsters as if straight from a Disney movie and I won’t be surprised if it does make it to the big screen. It’s imaginative and entertaining and the premise of the novel is indeed a curious thought- that characters of the books we read could be alive and could be living a life of their own, could jump from page to page when the reader isn’t reading the story written in the book. I already knew my 12 year old niece would love it and when I passed her the book, she devoured it in two days. She said it’s the best book she has read just yet with dreamy eyes and satisfied sighs. Lol.

Want to know more, do check out Pinky's review.^^ ...more
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Jan 11, 2012

I'm not sure if the fact that I've read a few books by Jodi Picoult in the past affected my enjoyment of this novel, and even though I knew not to expect her usual story-type since it's written with her daughter, this was a lot different than what I had envisioned. It's a good book. It is. But I think it's aimed at a younger YA audience and this is where I was left a little underwhelmed.

It's a fairy tale in all it's classic glory. This is a story about princes, love, friends, overcoming the I'm not sure if the fact that I've read a few books by Jodi Picoult in the past affected my enjoyment of this novel, and even though I knew not to expect her usual story-type since it's written with her daughter, this was a lot different than what I had envisioned. It's a good book. It is. But I think it's aimed at a younger YA audience and this is where I was left a little underwhelmed.

It's a fairy tale in all it's classic glory. This is a story about princes, love, friends, overcoming the impossible to get to your ever afters. Delilah, loner, social pariah, loves to lose herself in a story. This takes a whole new meaning when a character from a child's illustrated book - sweet and charming Oliver - starts talking to her! Like all Jodi Picoult novels, the story is told from several perspectives. This case is a bit unique in that we have Delilah, we have Oliver, but also, we have Oliver's story - the actual fairy tale in his book. I thought this gave it an extra kick, without disrupting the flow as they are generally kept short. Being a fan of multiple perspectives to begin with, I really enjoyed getting to know both Delilah and Oliver individually. Delilah is in the "real world" with real problems: a pretty average teenage life. I liked her character; the outcast who's trying to escape by reading. She's kept fairly plain Jane and I think a lot of readers will be able to relate to her. However, I found myself easily favoring Oliver's POV. Oliver has been stuck in his fairy tale since it was written, with a "book" family of his own that makes his chapters vibrate with life. Oliver himself is a very likeable character with imperfections and an enchanting demeanor, but I especially adored every single one of the unusual people - and creatures - that we got to meet alongside him. I did notice some inconsistencies in his character, though, particularly in his knowledge of the real world - or Otherworld as he calls it - by mentioning things that would not have been possible for him to recognize or perceive. Maybe it simply needed to tell us more about how they acquired what they do know. Like I said, as I felt this was aimed at a younger YA audience, these small discrepancies are most likely expected to be overlooked, which is certainly manageable.

The story is, in one word, pleasant. For someone so young as a co-author, the writing is especially fluid with beautiful, almost cinematic, descriptions. Cute humor and adorable passages makes it a lighthearted novel. To spice things up a bit - my favorite part of the book - are the sketches and illustrations that are scattered throughout to give us a very fun reading experience:

 
-These are from the uncorrected proof and the finished copy may differ (it stated that the final book would have full colored illustrations)

After everything is said and done, a fairy tale is what you get. It's cute, it's fun, and it's refreshing; what you expect from this story will factor in your enjoyment of it. I was effortlessly and quite easily kept entertained by its imaginative plot, but as I was expecting something a bit less fluffy, it failed to completely dazzle me. With that said, readers who are fascinated by fairy tales and have a weakness for happily-ever-afters will surely eat this one up!

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Jul 17, 2012

It was an interesting concept, but not very well executed.

The book was extremely inconsistent. For example, how could Oliver know what a fire extinguisher and orthodontia is but not a sandwich? They had sandwiches back in the Middle Ages, even if they didn't call them sandwiches.

Plus, I'm not sure what the target audience of this book it. It's marketed as YA, but the writing is so straight-forward and simple. The authors try to add themes and "deep meaning" to this book, but it's so It was an interesting concept, but not very well executed.

The book was extremely inconsistent. For example, how could Oliver know what a fire extinguisher and orthodontia is but not a sandwich? They had sandwiches back in the Middle Ages, even if they didn't call them sandwiches.

Plus, I'm not sure what the target audience of this book it. It's marketed as YA, but the writing is so straight-forward and simple. The authors try to add themes and "deep meaning" to this book, but it's so ridiculously obvious what they're trying to do, it made me laugh.

Oh, and the development of Oliver and Delilah's relationship. We didn't get to SEE any of it happened. It just got told to us.

Also, seeing how this is written (partially) by someone in high school, you'd think that she would write it more realistically. I mean, unless she was going for satire, which I don't think she was. High school for Delilah was so Mean Girls, I couldn't take her seriously. It was about as realistic as Disney's portrayal of prom, which in my sister's words is "so fake that even I know it, and I'm not even in middle school."

The plot was far more complex than I thought it would be (but my expectations weren't really that high). And the book was a tad too long for such a simple conflict. It dragged a little in the end.

Ooh! But the book gets bonus points for mentioning Harry Potter and Hunger Games (even though Delilah did make a jab at it and say she was on team Peeta. Ew.)

If Jodi Picoult is going to "write down" for all the other young adult novels she does, she should probably just stick to writing adult. (Although I'm incredibly jealous of her daughter. I want a famous author mom so I could write books and be published and put that on my college app!) ...more
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Jul 08, 2014

I would have been OBSESSED with this when I was a tween!! Adorbs.

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Feb 15, 2013


(This review will contain major spoilers)

I really wanted to like this book. The idea of it was good- what book-loving girl hasn't wanted a fictional character? I've always been a sucker for fairy tales, and that's why the book appealed to me.
But oh, was this book terrible. I could go on for hours talking about why I didn't like it, but I'm just going to talk about a few major points.

1.) The High School/Delilah
Cliche, cliche cliche. In the introduction, Jodi mentioned how her daughter was a
(This review will contain major spoilers)

I really wanted to like this book. The idea of it was good- what book-loving girl hasn't wanted a fictional character? I've always been a sucker for fairy tales, and that's why the book appealed to me.
But oh, was this book terrible. I could go on for hours talking about why I didn't like it, but I'm just going to talk about a few major points.

1.) The High School/Delilah
Cliche, cliche cliche. In the introduction, Jodi mentioned how her daughter was a junior in high school. As a junior myself, I thought that maybe we'd get a good look into what high school and being a teenager is really all about. I was so, so wrong. The main character is the stereotypical outcast, hated by everyone and constantly talking about "the most popular girls in school". Her only friend is a emo/punk/whatever girl who hates Justin Bieber and has absolutely no point in the story.

2.) The format
There is a reason most books are typed in black Times New Roman 12. What's with all the colors and stupid fonts? They don't add anything to the plot and make readers feel like they're reading a children's book. I thought this was YA? I get that it's supposed to give a fairy tale feel... but no.

3.) The ending.
This ending was terrible. Oh my god it was bad. The characters spend the entire second half of the book trying to find a way to get Oliver out of the book, and when they do it's incredibly anticlimactic and sudden. It feels rushed- as if the writer realized the train wreck she was writing and decided to end it as soon as possible. But that's not even the real problem I have with the ending.
Through the book, there's a big emphasis on the importance of family. Oliver's father is killed by the dragon and his mother is so protective she insists that he doesn't fight, Delilah's father left her when she was a child, Delilah's mother is constantly worried about her. The entire reason why Delilah is drawn to the book in the first place is because she and Oliver both don't have fathers. Written by a mother/daughter duo, you'd expect that family takes a big role in the book.
That's why the ending was so unexpected and inconsistent.
The writer of the fairy tale, Jessamyn, has a son named Edgar identical to Oliver. Magically (we are given no more explanation), Oliver and Edgar switch places. Edgar is placed into the story and Oliver is expected to act as Jessamyn's new son.
WHAT?
SERIOUSLY?
DOES NO ONE FIND THIS MORALLY WRONG?
Despite Edgar not being the best son for Jessamyn, that does not change the fact that EDGAR IS JESSAMYN'S SON. Jessamyn clearly loves Edgar a lot. Why is trapping Edgar in a fairy tale, away from his loving mother, a happy ending?
Yes- Edgar's happy. He makes the fairy tale his own. But seriously? Anyone who thinks this is a good ending for him or Jessamyn is either deluded or 9 years old.
And after the book has this consistent theme of family- they present that it's alright for a mother and son to be separated forever like this?
Jessamyn is completely unaware of this at the end of the novel- she didn't even get a say in her son's fate.
This is how she is repaid for making Delilah's dream guy?
Sigh. I'm so done with this book.



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5

Apr 20, 2012

Anyone familiar with Picoult’s solo adult books will know they usually involve moral issues and can be very confrontational. The first thing you need to do when you pick up this book: forget about her solo work and remember this is a joint effort. Trust me when I say it is something completely different from any of her previous works. And, boy, is it wonderful.

Delilah is a teenager who doesn’t really ‘fit in’ to any of the groups at school and she *gasp* spends her lunchtime in the library. She Anyone familiar with Picoult’s solo adult books will know they usually involve moral issues and can be very confrontational. The first thing you need to do when you pick up this book: forget about her solo work and remember this is a joint effort. Trust me when I say it is something completely different from any of her previous works. And, boy, is it wonderful.

Delilah is a teenager who doesn’t really ‘fit in’ to any of the groups at school and she *gasp* spends her lunchtime in the library. She loves books, but lately there is one book in particular which she has been reading over and over. Between the Lines is an illustrated fairy tale which Delilah found by accident one day in the library. If anyone found out how much she reads it, she’d have no chance of ever being considered anywhere close to normal, but she’s willing to risk it because there is something, someone, making this book more than just your average fairy tale.

Prince Oliver is the main character of the fairy tale and lately he’s noticed someone older reading the book. Yes, Oliver, along with all the other characters, is alive inside the book. Each time the book is opened they perform their required roles and act out the story to the reader. However, Oliver is sick of this constant performance and longs for a life where he can do what he wants freely. And that’s where Delilah comes in. So far, no one has ever been so attached to this story, if she loves it so much perhaps she’ll be the one who is willing to hear Oliver’s cry for help.

Firstly, let me just say how completely amazing I found this premise. As someone who has always loved reading, I have sometimes wondered what it would be like if the characters in a book were real, if they lived in our world. However, I love the idea that characters in books have their own lives when the book is closed and that they are completely different people from those they play in the book. The idea for the novel was proposed by Van Leer to her mother and I think it is wonderful to see a successful adult author embracing such a magical concept.

In terms of the audience for this book, it is wonderful in that it will appeal to a broad age range. I know I would have enjoyed this when I was nine just as much as I do now and I’m sure that re-reading this in a few years I will have the same reaction. That said, I’m sure a lot of adults will not be willing to give it a go because of the fact it is mostly aimed at children and teens. However, I’d love to see parents buying this for their children and sneaking it away to read themselves (as my dad did with Harry Potter) because imagination is a wonderful thing and it’s not something which is just for children. We need more books like this.

In terms of the writing, I found it engaging and fast-paced. I thought it would be difficult not to make comparisons with Picoult’s solo work before I started reading, but actually it was simple because this is so radically different from all her other work. I loved the fact that the actual fairy tale Delilah reads in the book is a character in its own right. Although we, as readers, are not able to read the fairy tale in it’s entirety, I really enjoyed reading the sections interspersed throughout the novel. I also loved that I was able to read the fairy tale and then find out from Oliver what happens after that scene when the book is closed. It was like seeing an actor playing their role and then seeing what happens when the director yells ‘Cut!’. I found the writing style to be thoroughly engaging and was struggling to put it down.

Delilah was a character who blew me away because, just like Monica Geller and Hermione Granger, I could see so many elements of myself in her. Firstly, she spends her lunchtimes in the library. Finally, a heroine who loves the library! And I love that she does, because I was totally that girl. I mean, it’s not like I didn’t have wonderful friends, but I just loved the library (and still do). Also: it had air-conditioning. Ok, I’m kidding*. I was head of the library committee at school and my main job was shelving books and making displays and the like. And you were wondering how I ended up with a book blog? So, anyway, back on topic. I LOVE Delilah. I mean, who has not fallen in love/lust with a character from a novel? Looking at the illustrations of Oliver in the book I can totally see the attraction. Her voice as a character was also authentic, and I have no doubt that Van Leer’s input was crucial to this.

The cast of storybook characters was fascinating and I really enjoyed seeing their in and out of character personalities. They didn’t just blend into the background behind Oliver and Delilah, but were a crucial part of what made this book so delightful to read.

Although the book didn’t end on a cliffhanger and could quite reasonably remain as a stand-alone, there is room for a sequel. This is something Picoult and Van Leer discussed during their promotional even in Brisbane earlier this year. I for one would love to see a sequel, I loved the characters and am interested to see how they deal with some of the issues raised at the conclusion of the novel.

“He understood, in that crystalline instant, that courage wasn’t something you were bequeathed at birth, and it wasn’t a lack of fright. It was overcoming you fear, because the ones you loved mattered more.”

“At that moment Oliver realized that home is not a place, but rather, the people who love you.”

“The act of reading is a partnership. The author builds a house, but the reader makes it a home.”

Between the Lines is a truly magical tale for all ages with wonderful characters, an intriguing premise and a witty, engaging writing style. This is the best kind of book: the kind where you can let your imagination run wild and be taken on a journey as the pages turn.

This review and many more can be found at Maree's Musings.
*Well, only a little bit because where I come from our seasons tend to blend together and it’s hot and humid about 75% of the year meaning lunchtime outside was always torturous. Although, I loved the library before it had air-conditioning. Oops, rambling now. I’ll stop. I promise. ...more
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Aug 16, 2012

Written by Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer, and it's evident from the very first line that the only writing Jodi did in this was adding her name to the cover.
The book is targeted YA, but it is a very young YA.
It lacked any of the punch, depth and insight that Jodi's work usually has. The story concept could have been interesting if it had been better written. But it was full of plot holes and continuity issues, and everything really only seemed to be addressed on a superficial Written by Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer, and it's evident from the very first line that the only writing Jodi did in this was adding her name to the cover.
The book is targeted YA, but it is a very young YA.
It lacked any of the punch, depth and insight that Jodi's work usually has. The story concept could have been interesting if it had been better written. But it was full of plot holes and continuity issues, and everything really only seemed to be addressed on a superficial level. Same goes for the characters, who were not particularly interesting, nor were they fleshed out at all. I would normally say that a lot of this comes down to the fact that Samantha is clearly very young and not an eperienced writer, but I don't think that's particularly fair as there have been some amazing books written by writers as young as Samantha.
At the risk of being scathing, I'm doubtful that Jodi would have put her name to this book if it had been written by anyone other than her daughter. And even then, I'm surprised that she did, considering the standard of the work. Obviously it was to grant Samantha not only publication, but an immediate audience, which no doubt worked, but at the same time I feel was manipulative and somewhat deceitful. ...more
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May 01, 2012

While the concept was cute and the illustrations fun, I can't help but wonder if this would have made it onto the shelves had Jodi's name not been attached. Don't get me wrong, for a first book written by a teen, it's good, and I am sure Jodi is proud of her daughter, but she has a long way to go before reaching her mom's ability. The characters were very flat, and the ending was unbelievable. It actually started out pretty well and had mysterious build up, only to fall short. I'm glad I didn't While the concept was cute and the illustrations fun, I can't help but wonder if this would have made it onto the shelves had Jodi's name not been attached. Don't get me wrong, for a first book written by a teen, it's good, and I am sure Jodi is proud of her daughter, but she has a long way to go before reaching her mom's ability. The characters were very flat, and the ending was unbelievable. It actually started out pretty well and had mysterious build up, only to fall short. I'm glad I didn't invest any money in it.

I think perhaps the middle school population would like this. I would not recommend it to my high school students. The whole idea of a teen being obsessed with a fairy tale prince is just too preposterous. ...more
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Sep 08, 2012

Have you ever wondered what happens when you close a book?

Do the characters stay frozen?
Do they play chess on the beach?
Do they rehearse their lines and try on outfits?
Do they gossip about characters and munch on snacks?
Or do they long to escape their 'happily ever after'?

A mesmerising tale of a young girl and a fictional prince who enlist the help of the other to escape their worlds and to discover how their own stories end.
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Jul 30, 2015

What if your fictional crush spoke to you? Think about it... Imagine Will Herondale started talking to you and asked you to rescue him and take him out of a book. Wouldn't it be a dream come true?

Well that's what happened to fifteen year old Delilah, a miserable teenager who wants nothing more but for her fictional crush, Prince Oliver to come to life. Between the Lines is one of the books made by the author and it's one of a kind, and Delilah found it in her library. Between the Lines is one What if your fictional crush spoke to you? Think about it... Imagine Will Herondale started talking to you and asked you to rescue him and take him out of a book. Wouldn't it be a dream come true?

Well that's what happened to fifteen year old Delilah, a miserable teenager who wants nothing more but for her fictional crush, Prince Oliver to come to life. Between the Lines is one of the books made by the author and it's one of a kind, and Delilah found it in her library. Between the Lines is one of Delilah's favorite fairy tales and she cannot stop reading it over and over again. She loves the book but since it is a book for kids, she keeps the fact that it is her favorite book a secret. One day, while she was reading, Prince Oliver spoke to Delilah. He explained that he wanted nothing more but to get out of the book. Delilah is trying to find a way to get Prince Oliver out of the book. Is this real, or is this a dream?

I fell in love with this book it was just such a sweet and simple read. I finished it in 2 hours and in one sitting. It was just so addicting to read. The way this book was formatted was just amazing, I love how it switched from the actual story, to Prince Oliver's POV, and to Delilah's POV. It was nice to see what both characters were thinking and see how the story was supposed to end.

One of the main reasons why I loved this book was because of the characters. Prince Oliver is charming and Delilah is AMAZING!!! There are so many things that I can relate to in this book and it felt so real. Delilah and I have so much in common and I really wish that the events that happened in the book were real. Whenever Delilah opened her book and her mom would tell her to stop reading, it felt like my mom was telling me to stop reading. (It happens to me all the time because she thinks I read too much...)

The plot was unique and although we all know how the story ends, it's still worth reading. Sometimes I am too lost into the story that I feel like I'm Delilah and it's just too good to be true. I didn't expect the plot twists, but that was amazing too. The writing style is different in the story, Prince Oliver's POV and Delilah's POV and I really like that. It makes the story more realistic, if the writing style were the same for all three parts it would feel unrealistic.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I should have read this book sooner. I'm gonna dive into the next book ASAP! I RECOMMEND THIS TO EVERYONE AND I MEAN EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Reading! ...more
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Sep 20, 2016


This is my first book of Jodi Picoult,and I must say she's got quite a talent for fiction and fairy tales. And just reading the author's introduction made me admire her already,even her daughter Samantha van Leer,for teaming up with her,to do this kind of unique tale.Their joint imagination and ideas made the writing beautiful.

I like the concept of this book because it was really a fun read! Who wouldn't want to read a book where their favorite characters seems to be talking to you,or seems to
This is my first book of Jodi Picoult,and I must say she's got quite a talent for fiction and fairy tales. And just reading the author's introduction made me admire her already,even her daughter Samantha van Leer,for teaming up with her,to do this kind of unique tale.Their joint imagination and ideas made the writing beautiful.

I like the concept of this book because it was really a fun read! Who wouldn't want to read a book where their favorite characters seems to be talking to you,or seems to be staring back at you? This book kinda remind me of my favorite fantasy movie back in my teenage years,The Never Ending Story,where Sebastian was the reader.

In here,the reader was Delilah,a 15 year old girl who loves to read books,and there's this one particular fairy tale book that she reads over and over,because she felt she's got a great connection to this book,especially to Prince Oliver,the main character on this book she's reading.And to Delilah's surprise,she heard the prince talk to her..and this is where the fun begins.

This book is entertaining and interesting,especially to the youngsters,and to those who love fairy tales like me..I also love the illustrations that's been added to the book,they're beautiful.And the ending was hilarious!

Many thanks to my 12 year old daughter,HANNAH,who enthusiastically recommended this to me,and who kept saying "this is the best book,ever!" while she was reading this.
I just want my daughter to know how proud I am of her,for being not just the TOP STUDENT in her class section,this first quarter,but also the NO.1 STUDENT in the whole grade 7 of their school! My God,my daughter's a genius!Lol! I love you so much,Hannah! Keep it up,sweetheart!^^
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Jun 15, 2012

4.5 stars

Delilah has never felt like she belonged to the real world. Sure, she has her best friend, Jules and her mom, but her life at school is miserable and she never grew up with a dad. So it's no wonder that she clings to her books so desperately. They can never disappoint her and it's where happily ever after exists, if only for a short while.
But what if the characters in your stories don't end after you close the book for the night? What happens if the characters go about their business 4.5 stars

Delilah has never felt like she belonged to the real world. Sure, she has her best friend, Jules and her mom, but her life at school is miserable and she never grew up with a dad. So it's no wonder that she clings to her books so desperately. They can never disappoint her and it's where happily ever after exists, if only for a short while.
But what if the characters in your stories don't end after you close the book for the night? What happens if the characters go about their business in the world written for them? And what happens when one of those characters doesn't want to live in a fairy tale, but wants to be able to feel and think and really live? This is a story about Delilah McPhee and Prince Oliver.
One who wants help escaping his existence while the other just wants to belong.

Aww, this was such a sweet and fun concept! Between the Lines is one of those reads where I could curl up on the couch and totally lose myself in this world.
I've never read anything by Jodi Picoult before (something that I'll have to fix) and while this would be Samantha Van Leer's debut, I can't wait to see more from her in the future.
This book was chalked filled with vivid and rich imagination and cunning creativity. It's absorbed with magic and love and wonderment right down to the different color fonts pages to the gorgeous art illustrations to the captivating story inside. This was such a wonderful experience fit for fans who devour happily ever after.

This book is told in Delilah and Oliver's point of view. But we also get the actual fairy tale that Prince Oliver belongs to. A story within a story. It may sound confusing or overwhelming but it was actually quite easy to follow and understand everything that was going on. I was also pretty grateful since I was equally curious about how both stories end.

Every character created was very detailed and developed very well. They each had a very unique role and I was fascinated by who they were inside and outside the story.
Delilah is such a treasure. I was really able to connect with her right away and loved her passion and dedication. I also loved the ridiculously charming way that she felt about a character in a book. I mean books aren't real, you and me both know this, and yet I still think and dream and wonder what would happen if they were. In an odd sort of way, Delilah represents that side to readers who still believe in make-believe, in magic and true love. Even if it's a character from a story come to life.
Oliver was just to adorable for words and I loved the sweet and tender and even amusing way that these two felt about one another. Understanding and wanting what the other wants.

I'm thinking this may not be a story for every reader. I'll admit, it is a little far fetched, but I for one really enjoyed this story for what it was. A beautifully told fairy tale with inspiring characters and a mesmerizing world. It ignited that passion I have for the written world and took it one step further. It made me fantasize what it would be like to fall in love and achieve happily ever after with a character written in one of my favorite stories.
This is the stuff that makes reading what it is. It takes you away from your own reality and dares you to believe.
If only, for just a short while.

Bravo!

This review and more can be seen at; WinterHaven Books.


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5

Jun 29, 2012

A finished unsolicited copy was provided by the publisher for review.

Not many books have the white paper with colored ink, but I’m so glad this one does because the illustrations are gorgeous. There are also little silhouettes scattered through out the pages to identify important characters, scenes and plot. I love how the colours and typeface are different when it changes from Oliver’s viewpoint to Delilah’s viewpoint.

I love how Oliver wants to be something more than just an actor in a book. He A finished unsolicited copy was provided by the publisher for review.

Not many books have the white paper with colored ink, but I’m so glad this one does because the illustrations are gorgeous. There are also little silhouettes scattered through out the pages to identify important characters, scenes and plot. I love how the colours and typeface are different when it changes from Oliver’s viewpoint to Delilah’s viewpoint.

I love how Oliver wants to be something more than just an actor in a book. He wants to make a difference. To be extraordinary, not ordinary were his words. I love Delilah’s character too. She is a little bit of a loner and doesn’t seems to fit in anywhere, except in her world of books. Most bookworms can relate. I also laughed out loud whenever she would hurt the most popular girl in school, not on purpose, but by accident. Not that the mean girl didn’t deserve it lol.

What an imaginative plot. I love the idea of a characters coming to life and wanting to live in reality. It’s easy to devour this book in one sitting. You want to know if Oliver gets out in the end! And if their love is true as well. Will Delilah do everything in her power to help him? Find out in the mother/daughter duo of Jodi Picoult and Samanta Van Leer.

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Sep 06, 2014

I wanted to love this book. Hell, I wanted to adore it. It has gorgeous pictures and silhouettes and just the entire lay-out is incredible. Also Jodi Picoult's name is quite a known one, and not for the worst. The fact that she had written it with her daughter only made me more interested, as well as an interesting premise: what happens to the characters when you close a book.

BUT GUESS WHAT: IT WAS POORLY EXECUTED!

The Plot:

At the beginning, I was interested in how the story was going, as you I wanted to love this book. Hell, I wanted to adore it. It has gorgeous pictures and silhouettes and just the entire lay-out is incredible. Also Jodi Picoult's name is quite a known one, and not for the worst. The fact that she had written it with her daughter only made me more interested, as well as an interesting premise: what happens to the characters when you close a book.

BUT GUESS WHAT: IT WAS POORLY EXECUTED!

The Plot:

At the beginning, I was interested in how the story was going, as you get two POV's as well as the original fairy tale that they talk about in the book. But that ends. The entire plot focuses on the 15 year old Delilah who is a loner (but not totally, I'll get to that) on her high school and obsessed with this fairy tale she found in the library. Then all of a sudden, she finds out that she can talk to the prince in the fairy tale: Oliver, and he to her. And he wants to lead a real life, not the one forced upon him, kinda like an actor. Then we've got two main plot points: 1 "OMG WE'RE IN LOVE" and 2 "OMG WE NEED TO GET OLIVER OUT OF THE BOOK.

O, that's not true: POINT TWO IS REPEATED ONLY TWO BILLION TIMES! So many plans are tried out all with the same basic premise, so that at the end you don't even get them anymore and you don't even give a shit anymore when it almost goes right, AND THEN IT DOESN'T. AGAIN. (view spoiler)[ And the end solution you don't even get to see. Like, why? It's just too weird (hide spoiler)].
Basic Problem: too much repetition, nobody gives a shit.

The Characters:

Delilah is a terrible person with no personality aside from having an absent dad and a crush on a fictional character. No personality. No anything. She has the 'obliged best friend, also a weirdo' of whom I've already forgotten the name (and I finished the book this afternoon), WHO SHE TREATS LIKE SHIT. Delilah's school situation is such a Mean Girls situation, that it's not even realistic. Just stereotypes that are so stereotypical that they just make you laugh. She only cares for herself and when the aforementioned best friend comes to Delilah because she had problems herself, DELILAH DOES NOTHING, BECAUSE SHE ONLY WANTS TO TALK WITH THE PRINCE. And after that ridiculous fight, the BFF FORGIVES HER IN 2 SECONDS, after which Delilah asks her for A 4 HOUR RIDE WHILE THE BFF HASN'T GOT A LICENCE. AND THE BFF DOES IT ANYWAY. Delilah also doesn't give a shit that her mom worries that she suddenly leaves while her mom thinks she's got a concussion and just leaves a damn 'don't worry' note. The selfish, insta-love-struck bitch.

Oliver is the perfect prince, insta-love love interest with again NO PERSONALITY. The 'character' he plays in the book has more personality. He wants a real life, but doesn't know WHAT A SANDWICH IS AND HE DOES KNOW WHAT A FIRE EXTINGUISHER IS!

Then we got the rest of the characters in 'the real world' that are all stereotypical, plain stupid and just there when they are necessary. The fairy tale characters are just the result of random brainstorming. We've got a dog that is a guy that's a dog, who is Oliver's sidekick. The dumb damsel in distress that crushes on the prince, but is just an idiot. The forced love triangle that isn't ever a threat to the insta-love. AND THEN WE GOT THE DOG THAT CRUSHES ON THE PRINCESS! I don't even have words for the idiocy of that whatsoever.

I'm not even going to talk about some of the other characters, except the vain horse that only worries if his butt is too big. I'm not kidding, he talks... about his butt...



The writing is simple, juvenile, not pretty or unique at all. I really can't see how such a praised author as Jodi Picoult can write so poorly, so I presume that is the work of her daughter, who's a junior in high school or Picoult's feeling of 'needing to write easily for a YA audience'. Otherwise I wouldn't be able to explain it.

I am let down. I want to love such a beautifully designed book, but the actual book was just a poorly written, for younger audiences than YA written, story, with too disastrous to be true events and solutions, useless characters and a romance that is unbelievable, insta-love-y between two characters severely lacking in any form of personality.

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Jun 03, 2012

I hate not finishing books. It kills me not to finish a book, no matter how many issues I may have with it. That said, I could not stomach sitting through all of Between the Lines. I did not have it in me. I was so eager to read it, too. I love any take on fairytales. I love retellings, re-workings, anything. I love the television show Once Upon a Time. I. Love. Fairytales. When I saw that this was about fairytales, I was excited to read this book. A few chapters in, however, I knew it was going I hate not finishing books. It kills me not to finish a book, no matter how many issues I may have with it. That said, I could not stomach sitting through all of Between the Lines. I did not have it in me. I was so eager to read it, too. I love any take on fairytales. I love retellings, re-workings, anything. I love the television show Once Upon a Time. I. Love. Fairytales. When I saw that this was about fairytales, I was excited to read this book. A few chapters in, however, I knew it was going to be a daunting task to finish.

First of all, the different fonts that they use for different POV chapters is ridiculous. I've seen soup cans with better font choices. I hope it was changed to different fonts for the final product because it was terrible. It seemed like a third grader choose the different fonts that were used.

Then there is Oliver, our hero, our protagonist, our love-interest. He quite literally only has one flaw. One. He has no courage but apparently he is 100% perfect in every other way. I get it, Delilah, you think Oliver here is perfect. Wonderful. A-ma-zing. Handome. Hot. Etc. I lost track at how many times she described how attractive Oliver is. It was nauseating. He also had no depth. For a hero, he felt very flat. Everyone in this novel felt very flat and underwhelming to me. Though, a younger audience might not mind that he lacks depth and only has one flaw.

The story had potential. Really, it did. However, everything just felt so flat. If I had to pick one word to describe this book it would be that. Or fluffy. Despite all of that, it was still nicely written. Sometimes I thought that maybe this book wouldn't have been published at all if it wasn't for Jodi's name attached but for her first novel, Samantha did a decent job.

Maybe I'm too old for this book. That's something I never thought I would say. Especially since I love YA books. This book might be more suited for middle school children as opposed to the young adults it's aimed at. It's cute, it's fluffy, it's entertaining if you're not looking for much else and it's a fun, fast read; just what middle schoolers are probably looking for. ...more
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Mar 18, 2018

heard this is a book with the main character falling in love witH THE READER AND WTF I NEED TO READ THIS
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Sep 15, 2017

I thought between the lines was a cute romance between reader and character
5

Jun 30, 2012

I devoured this book! I was first planning to purchase this book as a NOOKbook, but when I opened it up at the store, I just had to buy the physical copy. The full-paged colored illustrations, the pictures placed beautifully around the pages, and different fonts and colors made this book so pretty. Normally you see books with amazing covers, but this was just all-around gorgeous!

I read this in about three hours. I wasn't sure what to expect, because I hadn't ever read the synopsis on it before. I devoured this book! I was first planning to purchase this book as a NOOKbook, but when I opened it up at the store, I just had to buy the physical copy. The full-paged colored illustrations, the pictures placed beautifully around the pages, and different fonts and colors made this book so pretty. Normally you see books with amazing covers, but this was just all-around gorgeous!

I read this in about three hours. I wasn't sure what to expect, because I hadn't ever read the synopsis on it before. I was surprised when I found that it had lots of humor as well as romance and fantasy. The writing style was one of the things that I loved most. At first it starts with a small part of the actual fairytale. Then it jumps perspectives to Oliver, who is in the fairytale as an actor. After his section is done it jumps to Delilah, the reader of Oliver's story. Sorry if that sounds confusing, it really isn't that confusing if you're reading it. This book has many parallels to the middle-grade book Inkheart by Cornilia Funke, but I found that I enjoyed this one more. It involves the same type of plot, where fairytale characters enter the real world, as well as the way they both ended were really similar. This was a bit more moderized and a little more YA.

My favorite character had to be Oliver. He was always being funny and made the book a light, enjoyable read. (The illustrations of him are really pretty, too!) He was my favorite both in and out of the fairytale world.

Overall, I loved it. It was a great fresh read for YA fantasy. A cute romance! ...more
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Jan 30, 2019

Dear Jodi Picoult,
I have a short letter for you.
Oh, God. The idea of the book was so good. And you killed it. A note at the beginning of the book says that you wrote the whole book with your daughter. Actually it seems she wrote the first 200 pages and you wrote the last 150. The first part was 1 and the second part was 3.

You are a good writer. What happened here? The characters were so undeveloped and weak. I know your characters. Your story is always an interesting one to follow. Just go and Dear Jodi Picoult,
I have a short letter for you.
Oh, God. The idea of the book was so good. And you killed it. A note at the beginning of the book says that you wrote the whole book with your daughter. Actually it seems she wrote the first 200 pages and you wrote the last 150. The first part was 1 ⭐ and the second part was 3⭐.

You are a good writer. What happened here? The characters were so undeveloped and weak. I know your characters. Your story is always an interesting one to follow. Just go and write you adult fiction, please. You're good at that!

P.S. By the way, are you aware that you took this from Chocolat and used it several times?
"There’s a place in the curve of his left shoulder that matches my forehead perfectly." ...more
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Feb 05, 2018

Pretty good story but not the typical Jodi Picoult novel and understandably so since she co-wrote it with her daughter. I love takes on fairytales and fairytales in general (so much so that my doctoral dissertation is on the use of fairytales in therapy) so I was pretty happy reading this book. I will read the second book of the series for sure as I have a 2018 goal of reading all of Jodi’s novels. However, I do not think some will enjoy this one because they may be use to her novels because a Pretty good story but not the typical Jodi Picoult novel and understandably so since she co-wrote it with her daughter. I love takes on fairytales and fairytales in general (so much so that my doctoral dissertation is on the use of fairytales in therapy) so I was pretty happy reading this book. I will read the second book of the series for sure as I have a 2018 goal of reading all of Jodi’s novels. However, I do not think some will enjoy this one because they may be use to her novels because a bit more intense and well, not fantasy for one.

My quick and simple overall: I liked it. It was rather entertaining and quick with enjoyable characters.
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Jun 21, 2015

Don't get me wrong, this was really, really cheesy. But if Jamie Fraser or Will Herondale suddenly spoke to me from their respective books and declared their undying love for me, too bloody right I'd do all the contrived things Delilah did.

If you've ever read about a fictional character and immediately said:



Then this, my friend, is for you.

A delightful (if corny) little story. Literally, the embodiment of all readers' dreams: that the fictional character you fancy the living daylights out of Don't get me wrong, this was really, really cheesy. But if Jamie Fraser or Will Herondale suddenly spoke to me from their respective books and declared their undying love for me, too bloody right I'd do all the contrived things Delilah did.

If you've ever read about a fictional character and immediately said:



Then this, my friend, is for you.

A delightful (if corny) little story. Literally, the embodiment of all readers' dreams: that the fictional character you fancy the living daylights out of comes to life solely to be with you. How could I not be interested?!

I loved the ambience. The traditional fairy tale essence was a refreshing reminder of what were essentially the foundations for many booklovers' careers: simple tales where it all ends happily ever after. And if those fairy tales happen to include a hot prince like Oliver, then added bonus, right?

This was pure fluff - and believe me, I needed that.

Something that frustrated me slightly is that there was a certain disparity between the two worlds within the story. The characters and setting of the fictional version were fantastically rich and lovable, although the same can't really be said for Delilah's. The characters in 'reality' lacked substance and could've really done with a bit more... well, more - just to get me to like them. Delilah herself was annoying, selfish and to be honest, I wasn't too sure on what level she and Oliver really connected. The 'romance' was slightly unbelievable given how fast it developed and at times so cheesy, it needed crackers. The ending was, in my opinion, a bit of a cop-out. And of course, there is that controversial incident of the term 'misandrist' becoming synonymous with 'feminist'. Hmm.

I was surprised to find that this is labelled as YA - it's very young YA. Like, the 12 year old me would've fawned all over this. Nevertheless, the 16 year old me enjoyed the simplicity - but ultimately I was more enchanted by the concept of bringing your favourite fictional male off the page to live with you. (I am going to be keeping my copy of Clockwork Angel under close supervision.) ...more
5

Jun 06, 2015

Oh my goodness, ALL OF THE STARS FOR THIS BOOK!! Honestly, this is one of my new all-time favorite books, I wouldn't change anything about it. It was so perfect!! <3
I'm not going to write a long review, but... just read it. Please. It's seriously perfect, and I am now going to be telling everybody that I know to just buy it and read it, because it will truly touch your life. So so soo good. :')
I'm so excited to start the sequel/companion novel, Off The Page! I will be starting it... probably Oh my goodness, ALL OF THE STARS FOR THIS BOOK!! Honestly, this is one of my new all-time favorite books, I wouldn't change anything about it. It was so perfect!! <3
I'm not going to write a long review, but... just read it. Please. It's seriously perfect, and I am now going to be telling everybody that I know to just buy it and read it, because it will truly touch your life. So so soo good. :')
I'm so excited to start the sequel/companion novel, Off The Page! I will be starting it... probably right now. ...more

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