Between the Lines

Author: Jodi Picoult
Pages: 358
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Paperback (ARC)
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)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.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Delilah's always been a bit of a loner. Ever since she broke the head cheerleader's knee, she's been a social outcast. Her only friends are her books and Jules, the resident punk-rocker. Delilah's always loved books, but when she find a fairy tale called Between the Lines, something clicks. Suddenly Delilah is able to hear the characters speak, and her dream guy - Oliver, the dreamy prince and hero of the story - tells her something shocking: he wants out of the book. 

And Deliliah is the only person who can help him.

My Thoughts: Having never read anything by Jodi Picoult, I have only one thing to say: why did nobody tell me about her sooner?! 

Between the Lines was an awesome read. I loved the depth of the characters and the way the three different narration styles fit together. I really liked the sketches as well - they definitely added that extra layer of dimension to the story and helped me visualize Oliver's world a little better.

As one would expect from a seasoned author like Jodi Picoult, the writing was almost flawless. The pacing and atmosphere fit the story perfectly, and Delilah seemed extremely genuine (and exactly like the 15-year-old she was supposed to be. I love it when authors get that right!).

Final Thoughts: An awesome read if you're looking for something light and fun! I recommend it to all those bookies out there who have ever wished that their favourite characters would come to life.


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  2. Wow. It sounds like something very different than what she usually writes. Thanks for the review.
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