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Staff Pick: “Between the Lines” by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

What is it about? 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.- Summary courtesy of Goodreads

What I thought… A book about a book by the same title? Interesting concept plus a mother/daughter writing team; my interest is piqued! Between the Lines was a fast read. The illustrations were beautiful and creatively placed in a way where every once in awhile I’d think, “did that just move?!” Apparently the writing was good enough to make me suspend my disbelief in those moments. Or I’m just highly suggestive… Either way, it was enjoyable until the end which was … abrupt. Up until the end, I truly enjoyed the different ways envisioned by the characters of getting into or out of the book within the book. And the relationships between the characters were just as often funny as serious. Perhaps because it is a fairy tale, the climactic action at the end is supposed to be the pay off with very little resolution afterwards. However, this reader would have preferred a little more than the cliche “happily ever after”.

Overall, I’d recommend this for anyone who wants to read a fantasy book with some creative and unique twists. 

– Sarah, YA

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