Friday, November 9, 2012

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer [Review]

Between the Lines4 out of 5 Robots!

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer
Genre: Young Adult
Release: June 26, 2012
Hardcover: 358 Pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.
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Shannon's Thoughts:
Jodi Picoult co-authored this book with her teenage daughter, which I find adorable.  The premise was her daughter’s idea and Jodi helped bring it to fruition.  One of the things I loved about it was how beautiful the book is.  It had nice heavy paper and beautiful full color illustrations.  I also loved the alternating chapters between Oliver (in blue ink), Delilah (in green ink) and the fairy tale itself (in black ink).  I found all those little touches really added to the story.  The story itself can come across a little simplistic and young-ish.  The characters are also fairly two dimensional and there are some strange plot points.  I would have liked to see a little more realistic conflict.  (If you are ignoring your best friend for weeks, she probably isn’t going to forgive you in 2 seconds and do you a huge favor just because you apologized.  Just sayin’)  Also, the ending didn’t sit very well with me.  I can’t go into details without spoiling the ending, unfortunately, but the story ignores some very obvious repercussions. But ultimately, I did enjoy this book.  It moves at a brisk pace and was fairly entertaining. I would recommend it for a fun, light reading.  Especially for younger teens, especially the 9-12 year old set.

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