REVIEW: BETWEEN THE LINES BY JODI PICOULT AND SAMANTHA VAN LEER

on Apr 23, 2019
What happens when happily ever after…isn’t?
 Delilah, a loner hates school as much as she loves books—one book in particular. In fact if anyone knew how many times she has read and reread the sweet little fairy tale she found in the library, especially her cooler than cool classmates, she’d be sent to social Siberia . . . forever.To Delilah, though, this fairy tale is more than just words on the page. Sure, there’s a handsome (well, okay, incredibly handsome) prince, and a castle, and an evil villain, but it feels as if there’s something deeper going on. And one day, Delilah finds out there is. Turns out, this Prince Charming is not just a one-dimensional character in a book. He’s real, and a certain fifteen-year-old loner has caught his eye. But they’re from two different worlds, and how can it ever possibly work?

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Genre: Young Adult Fairy-Tale Romance

Rating 5 out of 5 Stars


Review:  

This was a sweet, charming, and enchanting tale!

The story is unique told: going back between Delilah and Oliver's POV, while also telling the story of the "book within the book". This took a bit to get used to but after a few chapters I really enjoyed this as it made for a well-rounded story. 

I also greatly enjoyed the illustrations in the book, specifically the ones scattered in the pages, designed to match the ones in the  "book within the book". I loved that while I was reading about Oliver clinging to the letters on the page I could actually see it.

Delilah and Oliver were a delight to read. Delilah is shy, awkward and a loner, as mentioned above. I found her very relatable as will all of us who carried our favorite book with us everywhere we went. I really adored Oliver; he's not your ordinary prince. He's incredibly sweet and lonely, just like Delilah. They go together really well.

It felt very magical to see the behind-the-scenes of the fairy-tale. We learn about the real lives of Oliver's best friend, Frump; Socks the noble steed; and the villain Rapscullio, who paints in his spare time.

There was only one hiccup that comes to mind. *Spoiler Start* In a scene towards the end of the book, Oliver asks Delilah to marry him. She is shocked and replies that people her age (15) don't get married, they date. She's not wrong obviously. However the scene felt very abrupt and startling given the fairy-tale, otherworldly feel of the whole book. I just think they book would have been better if this scene had been cut entirely. *Spoiler End*

I also liked when Delilah was able to meet the author of the book, Jessamyn Jacobs, and her son Edgar. That was really fun. Edgar's character was a little whiny for me personally but I didn't see his character coming and I liked the twist involved.

Overall this was a magical read and I look forward to reading it again!




~ Since completing my review I started (and stopped) reading the sequel. It was very different from this first book and very disappointing. I can't recommend the sequel but my love for Between the Lines is deep and abiding. ;) 

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