Between the LinesPaperback
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 224mm x 30mm | 522g
- Publication date: 26 June 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1442457392
- ISBN 13: 9781442457393
- Edition statement: Trade Paperback.
- Sales rank: 10,433
New York Times "bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her teenage daughter present their first-ever novel for teens, filled with romance, adventure, and humor.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.
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By Sarah Elizabeth 13 Aug 2012
(Source: I borrowed a copy of this book.)
15-year-old Delilah is not popular. In fact, since she accidentally broken the head cheerleaders kneecap, she's been a bit of an outcast. This doesn't bother Delilah much, she has her best friend Jules (who her mother claims looks like a vampire), and she has a book that she's recently fallen in love with. An old, one-of-a-kind fairy-story called 'Between the Lines'.
Oliver is the prince in 'Between the Lines'. He's been replaying the same scenes every time someone opens the book for years, and he's fed up of it. He's had enough of the princess Seraphima (who is not very bright), and sick of reading the same lines over and over again. He wants out of the book, and he wants a real life.
One day Delilah notices something different in the book - a chess board in the sand that the prince has forgotten to erase. Suddenly Oliver begins to believe that maybe if he tries to communicate with Delilah, she will hear him and help him.
When Oliver does manage to try and speak with Delila, it turns out that she can speak with him, and together they begin devising strange plans to try and get Oliver out of the painting. How will they ever find anything that works though? And if something does work, will Oliver be sucked back into the book the moment someone opens it again?
Together Delilah and Oliver must puzzle out a way to get Oliver out of the book so that instead Delilah and Oliver can live happily ever after.
This story has an interesting premise - the prince who doesn't want to live happily ever after, but having read it, I'd probably describe it as 'alright'. It's not bad, but it's not a favourite either, and I don't think I'll be reading it again.
To start with I was enjoying the book, there was a real 'fairytale', magic feeling going on, and it was actually quite enchanting. Unfortunately it lost its magic for me about a third of the way in, and started to just fall a little flat.
Delilah is a 'nice' character, and although she obviously felt that Oliver was real, how delusional do you have to be to believe that a fairytale prince is not only talking to you, but is real and wants to escape from his book? You can see why her mother wanted to take her to see a psychiatrist can't you? Other than this though I don't have much to say about Delilah, for me she was just a bit 'meh'.
Oliver also came across as quite nuts at times. He seemed to be quite happy to risk life and limb in this bizarre quest to escape from his book, and didn't seem to think anything of the consequences. I mean, I know this sounds a bit pessimistic, but what the hell did he really think he was going to do once he got out of the fairytale? He has nowhere to live, no friends or family, no qualifications etc, etc.
Anyway, onto the ending - While the ending was fitting, I really don't see any kind of happily ever after though, which is kind-of expected from a fairytale isn't it? I was also a bit annoyed that after trying so many things to get Oliver out of the book, there is no explanation as to what they actually did in the end to make it work! A bit annoying really.
Overall; an interesting, fairytale-ish story, but just falls a bit short for me.
7 out of 10.
By Stephanie 01 May 2012
Delilah's always been a bit of a loner. Ever since she broke the head cheerleader's knee, she's been a social outcast. Her only friends are her books and Jules, the resident punk-rocker. Delilah's always loved books, but when she find a fairy tale called Between the Lines, something clicks. Suddenly Delilah is able to hear the characters speak, and her dream guy - Oliver, the dreamy prince and hero of the story - tells her something shocking: he wants out of the book.
And Deliliah is the only person who can help him.
Having never read anything by Jodi Picoult, I have only one thing to say: why did nobody tell me about her sooner?!
Between the Lines was an awesome read. I loved the depth of the characters and the way the three different narration styles fit together. I really liked the sketches as well - they definitely added that extra layer of dimension to the story and helped me visualize Oliver's world a little better.
As one would expect from a seasoned author like Jodi Picoult, the writing was almost flawless. The pacing and atmosphere fit the story perfectly, and Delilah seemed extremely genuine (and exactly like the 15-year-old she was supposed to be. I love it when authors get that right!).
An awesome read if you're looking for something light and fun! I recommend it to all those bookies out there who have ever wished that their favourite characters would come to life.