Thursday, January 7, 2016
#TBT Book Review | Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer
Author(s): Jodi Picoult, Samantha van Leer
Illustrator(s): Yvonne Gilbert, Scott M. Fischer
Publication: June 26th 2012 by Simon Pulse Simon Schuster
Series: First book (there is one known companion novel)
Genre: YA; Fairy-tale
Copy: Paperback, Bought
Summary: 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.
My Rating: 6.5/10
My Review: This is such a cute story, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. This is my first Jodi Picoult book and I've really good things about her, but the writing was just okay. It wasn't bad, but it definitely wasn't spectacular. The characters felt very young, and it was hard to connect with them. The plot has a great premise, but the execution just wasn't up to par. I think middle-grade readers would enjoy this book a lot more, even though it is advertised as YA.
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