Title: Between the Lines
Author: Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
What happens when happily ever after…isn't?Delilah hates school as much as she loves books--one book in particular. In fact if anyone knew how many ties she has read and reread the sweet little fairy tale she found in the library, especially her cooler than cool classmates, she'd be sent to social Siberia…forever.To Delilah, though, this fairy tale is more than just words on the page. Sure, there's a handsome (well, okay, incredibly handsome) prince, and a castle, and an evil villain, but it feels as if there's something deeper going on. And one day, Delilah finds out there is.Turns out, this Prince Charming is real, and a certain fifteen-year-old loner has caught his eye. But they're from two different worlds, and how can it ever possibly work.
This si the part where I say that until Between the Lines I had never read anything by Jodi Picoult. Between the Lines was a great introduction to Jodi Picoult and as a result I will for sure be reading more of her books in the future.
Delilah has never liked school, she is a complete social pariah. What she does love is reading and books. one book in particular actually. Except that book happens to be a a children's fairy tale. And if anyone at school found out about it, she would never see the end of it. But Delilah can't help but feel a connection to the book, especially its hero, Prince Oliver. The more she reads it, the more the story feels real to Delilah. To the point that she can hear Oliver talk to her, and can talk back to him. Maybe happily ever after isn't only in fairy tales after all.
I am a total sucker for fairy tales, so Between the Lines sounded like the perfect read for me. It was also the first time I read anything by Jodi Picoult and it proved to be a great introduction. Between the Lines was an absolutely adorable story, and I loved thew way it was told. Not just the alternating points of view, but also the fact that I got to read the actual fairy tale that was referenced throughout the course of the book. The whole premise itself made the book even more appealing to me. Who wouldn't want the prince from their favorite fairy take to come to life? I know I wouldn't mind. The story also ended up working a lot better than I would have thought, making it difficult for me to put the book down as I was reading. All in all, it made for a truly fun and adorable story.
Delilah was definitely a character I could relate to, especially when it came to her love of books and reading. Who knows the number of times I've become slightly obsessed with a book or a character in a book. Besides that connection, Delilah was still an interesting character to read about, and by the end of the book I was totally rooting for her and Oliver. And I can see why Delilah wanted Oliver to be real. Heck, at times I wanted him to be. I loved reading from his perspective, if only for his amazement at everything that took place outside of his fairy tale world. At times it made me wish I could still see the world that way. I'll just be honest and admit it, Oliver was a pretty great Prince Charming.
Between the Lines was a fun and absolutely adorable story. Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer wrote a great fairy tale that completely took me away from my own world while reading. It makes for the perfect escape while reading if that's what you're looking for. And if you are a lover of fairy tales and happily ever after, this is a book for you.