Title: Between the Lines
Author: Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
Published: June 26th 2012 by Simon Pulse
Received: Received from Simon & Schuster Canada in return for an honest review.
Rating: 5 of 5
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.
This is a sweet modern fairy tale. Oliver lives in a book, not just any book but a hand crafted book, which happens to make his liveliness a bit more believable. He’s forced to constantly play out the same motions anytime someone reads the book. The thing is, he doesn’t want to. He’s not in love with the princess, he’s got friends, but he’s not fond of one of them being a dog, and he really wishes he could live in the real world.
Enter Delilah, innocent, naive, and lost in her own little world teenager. She loves this book, even though it’s a child’s book. She found it randomly stuffed into a space in the library and hasn’t really let it go for very long. She eventually realizes that Oliver is very much alive though stuck in the book.
They try a variety of ways to get him out of the book most which prove unsuccessful. This leads to Delilah tracking down the author and Oliver switching places with someone so he can exist in the real world and the other person can exist in the book.
I have to say that there are shifts in POV. You’ve got the sections of fairy tale which tell the actual story in the storybook. It’s your usual, Prince goes off to save a Damsel in Distress despite the evil doer orchestrating it as a trap. It’s got a kitchy happy ending the same way the book does. Then there are Delilah’s scenes from her POV and Oliver’s, both of which bring the book together.
I found this a nice light read that was a lot of fun. It’s not like a lot of the stuff I read and so it was a nice change from that. I think this book would appeal to a younger audience, more in the 10-14 age range. Also, congrats to Samantha Van Leer on her first book! It’s nice to see daughter’s following in mom’s footsteps.
I’d say pick this one up if you’ve got someone younger in the family that needs something clean to read.