Review: Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

Posted March 15, 2016 in review / 2 Comments

Review: Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van LeerBetween the Lines by Jodi Picoult, Samantha van Leer
Published by Simon Pulse Simon Schuster on June 26th 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 353
Reading Challenges: #RockMyTBR Challenge Source: Library
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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.

You know what, this book was REALLY good. Hands down. And it’s beautiful, and amazing and I really wish I was Delilah. I mean, admit it, which person wouldn’t want their favorite hot book boyfriend to fall in love with them? I would be SO HAPPY, if Percy Jackson were to fall in love with me. Or Harry Potter, I’m not choosy.

Filled with beautiful sketches, and words in various colors and fonts, I immediately got sucked into the world of Between The Lines. This book literally looked like a fairy tale, and to be honest, that’s pretty refreshing. I’ve always gotten used to seeing books in their normal state, no drawings and whatsoever, so looking at a book that imitates fairy tales? Perfect. I’ve seen criticisms about this book, some saying that it’s too fluffy and child-like, much like a typical fairy tale, where the prince saves the damsel in distress. But isn’t that the whole point of this book?

I LOVE the fact that it was fluffy, and nice and that the book Delilah was obsessed with was a fairy tale. A typical fairy tale. There was magic in this book, true love, and honestly? Everything that books these days lack of. We have that constant need for something bad to happen, that reverting back to normal fairy tales seemed like we’re childish. But anyway, I definitely love the whole concept of this book.

Reading this book makes me so much more aware of the fact that I was the Reader. That reading is a different experience to each person. And of course, I also thought that maybe the characters in the book wanted to stop playing as their characters over and over again, and that kinda made me panic, because what if it was true? What if Harry Potter is sick and tired of being Harry Potter? What if he wants to live a normal life, and by rereading his book, I’m subjecting him to what Oliver went through? Yeah, I had a major crisis there, and had to be comforted by the best friend for a while. HEH.

But that’s the thing: this book makes you think about the characters as more than just characters. It makes you think that maybe, just maybe these characters have a life, and maybe they’re real in their own world. And I definitely love Oliver. I mean, he was the perrrrfect gentleman. Of course, he was because yknow, he’s a prince. HAH. But truly, it’s been awhile since I read a book about a perfect gentleman, and I find that I rather like it a whole lot.

So here’s my point: If you LOVE fairy tales, and you wish you could have your own Prince Charming, you should definitely read this book. You should also read this book if you wish your book boyfriend is your real boyfriend. HEH.

“May I ask you something?” I say. “Why do you read books, when you could be outside, living a million different adventures every day?”

“Because you can always count on a book to stay the same. EVerything else changes when you least expect it,” she replies, bitter. “Families split apart, and nothing’s forever. In books, you always know what’s coming next. There are no surprises.”

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2 Responses to “Review: Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer”

  1. I read this one I think last summer when the sequel was coming out. I didn’t like it as much as you did (I gave it four stars I think) but I still enjoyed it and I’m glad you did, too! The mixed media and the full color illustrations was outstanding. The concept, of course, appeals to all book nerds who always wished they had their own prince. Have you read the sequel yet?
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