Publication Date: 26th June 2012
Book Source: Own purchase
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.
I love Jodi Picoult's writing and was keen to see what the collaboration between Jodi and her teenage daughter Samantha was like. Between the Lines was certainly a unique, imaginative read and I loved the concept - as a reader, who hasn't wished or fantasised about a character coming to life? But ...
Whilst this book is YA (which I'm a huge fan of) I felt like Between The Lines missed the target - young adult concepts and humour but some writing aimed at a much younger audience - but much of the humour, innuendo and perceptions on life, take mermaid feminist leanings for example, would pass over the heads of middle grade readers.
My 'child at heart' enjoyed the fairy tale, the story within the story and the cute drawings & illustrations. Ever wonders what happens when a book cover closes? ... it was fun to find out, and an adventure watching Prince Oliver, dissatisfied with his life, strive for his own Happy Ever After with the help of 15 year old Delilah, the reader obsessed with the story.
Everyone else in this book seems to be perfectly happy with the fact that they are part of a story ...
I guess I just have to believe there is more to the world than what's inside these pages.
All in all an enjoyable read for it's refreshing originality.