Between the Lines

Picoult, Jodi

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Between the Lines
Told in their separate voices, sixteen-year-old Prince Oliver, who wants to break free of his fairy tale existence, and fifteen-year-old Delilah, a loner obsessed with Prince Oliver and the book in which he exists, work together to seek his freedom.

Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2012.
Edition: 1st Simon PulseEmily Bestler BooksAtria Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451635751
Characteristics: 352 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Leer, Samantha van


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Jan 03, 2015
  • MPLolohea rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An excellent read! If you're looking for typical (meaning "typical" in the best of ways) Picoult style, you'll only find snipets of it in this novel. However, as usual, the twist Picoult inserts into the final chapters of her books remain and makes this a very lovely read.

Aug 12, 2014
  • aprilmay rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

When I first started reading this book, I really didn't want to stop! The reason being is that it's not your typical everyday fairytale. I mean, yeah, sure there's a prince and princess, and yes, there is in fact a quest, but it's more than just that. It's about a typical teenager who when having a hard time discovers she can talk to a book - and have it actually talk back! And it's also a book about coming to terms with who you are, even when others don't agree with it.

Jul 10, 2014
  • CenturysEnigma rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The book had an original plot and character, but I felt there was too much romance and not enough action.

May 17, 2014
  • teresafig rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

i loved this book so much it was interesting and I finished it in a day then I read it again, I couldn't get enough of it.

Mar 29, 2014
  • ebutters rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I was expecting something a bit different - like 'The Never Ending Story'. It wasn't horrible or anything... just 'cute'. The storyline and the style of writing is kid-ish - not for ages 14+.

Mar 12, 2014

I love how it's about a book character joins a real character. whenever i read books, i always think how cool it would be to meet the characters you've always dreamed about, but who have no idea who you are.

Feb 01, 2014
  • JCLChristiH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Have you ever wished that character in a story could join you in the real world?

Oct 08, 2013
  • echo3abc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I found this book outstanding; a wonderfully delightful read. It was co-written by Picoult and her teenage daughter. And I would highly recommend reading it in support of young talent like hers!!! She has a promising future as a storyteller. It's definitely YA, told as a fairy tale with a very modern twist. But I think adults will find it a light, fun and refreshing read. The characters are delightful, and there is a great deal of humour, as well as a sweet romance.

Sep 24, 2013
  • Happynat70 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Good idea for a story. Very different from Jodi Picoult usual style.
Based on the idea that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

Jul 19, 2013

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: Jodi Picoult co-wrote this with her teenage daughter. The prose was much more basic and simple than Jodi's usual work--cute storyline. An okay book, but not great.

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Feb 13, 2014
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Oct 22, 2014

"Between the lines" by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

Fairytales are supposed to be made up, right? Well you better think again, when you read "Between the lines". The characters in this book actually speak and move. Not the type of talking that the author writes in the dialogue, but the physical characters.

Delilah a girl who spends most of her time alone, with her nose stuck in a book, fell in love with the book "Between the lines". It's sort of strange to like a fairytale when you are in high-school, but when you don't have any friends, it doesn't matter.

Delilah, while reading the book for the umpteenth time, thought she was losing her mind when Prince Oliver commented on her eyes.Why would a character in a book talk to you? Turns out that "Between the lines" isn't your normal fairytale. You may picture yourself in the story, but the characters want to live in your life.

Prince Oliver and Delilah eventually come good friends, almost too good of friends. Could this turn into a romance? But they are from two different worlds; fiction and reality. Oliver confronts Delilah about how he would like to be with her, but couldn't think of how that would ever work. They are in two different worlds, for Pete's sake!

Can Oliver and Delilah make something work between them? They are going to have to read in between the lines to figure this out.

Apr 17, 2012
  • goofy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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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