April 16, 2017

Between the Lines (Between the Lines #1) by Jodi Picoult, Samantha van Leer #BookReview

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.
A romantic and charming story, this companion novel to Off the Page will make every reader believe in the fantastical power of fairy tales.

Jodi Picoult received an AB in creative writing from Princeton and a master’s degree in education from Harvard. The recipient of the 2003 New England Book Award for her entire body of work, she is the author of twenty-one novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers House RulesHandle With CareChange of Heart, and My Sister’s Keeper, for which she received the American Library Association’s Margaret Alexander Edwards Award. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her website at JodiPicoult.com.

Samantha van Leer is a sophomore at Vassar College majoring in psychology with a minor in human development. She has four dogs: Alvin, Harvey, Dudley, and Oliver—for whom the prince in this story is named.

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The start of this book didn't grab me right off. But, it still got me interested in reading the story in full.  The main character Delilah loves books and spends her lunch time in the library where she found a book to read that if anyone else found out about it would pretty much be considered a leper in school.  This book was written in Dual POV which blended the story well.  I was never lost, and I always knew whose POV I was in.  The story flowed well, the pacing was pretty good not to fast and not slow.  All the characters were well formed and thought out.  They each had their own flaws, strengths, and weakness.  

I really thought it was creepy that Prince Oliver knew when someone was reading about him. He could even hear the conversations that were going on around where the book was. So he was pretty much a creepy stalker. 

The story made me think of another about this kind of thing called Inkheart. I think fans of that series will love this as well and visa versa.  The romance in this book didn't take long, but it worked out. It wasnt insta-love but it was close. 

The writing was easy to read and flowed well. Again I was never lost in the story with what was happening. It did keep me reading.  

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JUST SO YOU KNOW, WHEN THEY SAY “ONCE UPON a time”… they’re lying.

It’s not once upon a time. It’s not even twice upon a time. It’s hundreds of times, over and over, every time someone opens up the pages of this dusty old book.

“Oliver,” my best friend says. “Checkmate.”

I follow Frump’s gaze and stare down at the chessboard, which isn’t really a chessboard at all. It’s just squares scratched onto the sand of Everafter Beach, and a bunch of accommodating fairies who don’t mind acting as pawns and bishops and queens. There isn’t a chess set in the story, so we have to make do with what we’ve got, and of course we have to clean up all evidence when we’re done, or else someone might assume that there is more to the story than what they know.

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