Format: Trade Paperback (ARC)
Published: July 26, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Simon Pulse)
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult
My Rating: 4/5
Summary (from chapters.ca):
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.
**NOTE: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher. However, no compensations were made and this review reflects my honest thoughts and feelings.**
This may make me sounds completely crazy but I am sure there are people who will understand... especially those reading this blog. As a book lover, there are times in my 'reading' life that I have gone through periods of mourning; felt as though I have lost a friend. When a book ends but the story stays with you, it is hard to know that you may never again visit with the characters that you love so much. Between the Lines changed all of that for me.
As you can tell by the tweets below, Between the Lines affected me to the very core:
@TTPBookReview: Between the Lines by @jodipicoult is messing with my head... refused to leave the book open while I got in my PJ's last night...
@TTPBookReview: Had sweet dreams about princes last night thanks to Between the Lines by @jodipicoultThis story will chance the way you think about books!
Now, I am not going to lie, Between the Lines, for me, was on the borderline between middle grade and young adult but I only feel that because of the fairy tale aspect and the fact that the story focused primarily on a world that, for some, would be hard to imagine. That being said, I really did enjoy the overall story and felt as though anyone with an open imagination would feel the same way. Is it a story that stays with you, regardless of age? Absolutely.
Being a life-long, die-hard fan of Jodi Picoult's novels, I knew the moment I heard about this one that I would be adding it to my shelf. Even though it was co-writen with her daughter, I felt that the writing style was top-notch and the character development went right along with all of Jodi's other novels. The fact that Between the Lines was broken into three main points of view, as most of her previous novels are, really worked for me. I loved that we were not only taken into the actual fairy tale to see what drew Delilah into it in the first place but we were also given first hand accounts of life inside the book, when it's closed, from Oliver. << This right here is why Between the Lines has changed the way I will think about books forever.
Overall, a wonderful 're-telling' of a fairy tale with twists and turns that will make the reader sit back and wonder if simply opening their favourite books will bring the characters back to life.