#BookReview: Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer

Book Blurb

Delilah knows it’s weird, but she can’t stop reading her favourite fairy tale. Other girls her age are dating and cheerleading. But then, other girls are popular. She loves the comfort of the happy ending, and knowing there will be no surprises. Until she gets the biggest surprise of all, when Prince Oliver looks out from the page and speaks to her. Now Delilah must decide: will she do as Oliver asks, and help him to break out of the book? Or is this her chance to escape into happily ever after? Read between the lines for total enchantment . . .

About the Authors: 

Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-two novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. She co-authored Between the Lines with her sixteen-year-old daughter, Samantha van Leer. 

The Review: 

The funny thing is that seventy-two hours ago I had no idea that this novel even existed. It was all thanks me wanting to name my soon to be released novella, Between the Lines, that Debdatta Di told me there is a YA Novel of the same name by Jodi Picoult. As is the case, a Google search directed me to the book’s blurb and I was completely hooked. 

I could relate to Delilah and her search for Prince Charming, and the elusive happily ever after. I loved the quotes in the book. And I believe I felt the connection to this book, the same way Delilah felt the connect to the fairy tale, Between the Lines, in the story. 

Samantha and Jodi have stated that they co-wrote the story, sitting side by side. Maybe nothing too great happens in the story, maybe the climax was not most readers would expect – but the book gives you something to hold on to, that you need: hope. 

I loved how the authors wove in clever subplots for all the minor characters. I was especially thrilled by the idea that when you close a book, characters take lives of their own. Being a book addict and a writer – it does not take long for someone to realize why such a book would appeal to me. 

If I could pull Mr. Darcy or Jesse de Silva out of their books, believe me – I would! I have finished reading this book once. And I had read the eBook version on my Nook Book. Nevertheless, I was so intrigued and enraptured by it, I ordered the paperback off Amazon. 

And I cannot wait for it to arrive. So that I can once again read it from cover to cover, mark my favorite quotes and carry it around like one would carry their precious journals. 

I have said before that the eBook or Paperback argument is invalid for me. I stand by that judgment. However, for certain books like Between the Lines, I will be leaning a little towards the paperback version. 

Our Verdict: 

If you are as big a fan of YA novels as I am, do pick up this book. Believe me – you will not be disappointed! 

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