Between the Lines (Between the Lines #1) by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
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.
I love, love, love the concept of this story. From the first page of Jodi Picoult’s note, I was incredibly intrigued and excited to start my journey through this novel. Just the story behind the story is intriguing: high school daughter of bestselling author comes up with unique and creative storyline and so mother and daughter spend hours upon hours over weekends and holidays writing the book together. Fantastic! I love it!
Immediately, I notice that this book has colours in it – something you don’t see very often in non-children’s books. As I delved deeper into the book, I saw that the colours continue and – omg! – the chapters are colour-coded! Call me a nerd, but I love to colour-code things. So, of course, this excites me right away. It’s also just fun to see coloured text in a book. I find myself very excited to be reading this book for these very silly reasons. 😛
Throughout the book, there are also illustrated pages and little illustrated images beside some of the text. The ones beside the text I found a bit distracting and took away from the book a bit (and I think maybe these are a bit overkill with already having the full illustrated pages, plus the colours – maybe a bit too much?). However, it definitely adds a unique quality to the book. We don’t normally see any of these things in our every day reading.
I find the chapters of the actual fairytale story irrelevant. I like the idea of including them in the book – a story within a story – but I can’t help but wish they weren’t there when reading. Whenever I’m reading one of these chapters, I’m itching to get it over with so I can continue the book’s main storyline.
The main story was great. A very unique concept and written well. I’m glad Jodi Picoult and her daughter, Samantha van Leer, decided to create this novel together. They did a good job.
The romance in this book is easy to get on board with. However, it is a bit cheesy at times and it wasn’t the kind of romance that gave me feels. Of course, I was rooting for the couple to find a way to be together, but it didn’t take me much farther than that.
I’m interested in checking out the companion novel, Off the Page. I’m also curious to see if Samantha van Leer will follow in her mother’s footsteps and pursue a career as a novelist. We shall see…
Best Aspect: Creativity
Worst Aspect: Romance