Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer (Goodreads)
Between the Lines introduces us to our main character Delilah, a fifteen-year-old high-schooler who discovers a very special fairy tale tucked away in the shelves of her school’s library. One day, the heroic prince in the fairy tale, Oliver, starts talking to Delilah. That’s right, she can hear him talking, and he tells her his biggest desire – to leave the book.
Written by Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer, this story asks a very interesting question – what happens to the characters in our favorite books when the pages are closed? I LOVED this idea. We all wish that our favorite characters could come to life, and this book takes that idea and runs with it. While it is technically advertised as a YA read, it really felt a little bit younger and more juvenile to me. I don’t mean that in a bad way; I still really enjoyed this read, but it is very fluffy and cute and pretty much like reading a Disney princess movie. So if you want a fantastical fairy tale that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy, pick this up and give it a try.
The one thing that concerns me about Between the Lines and it’s companion novel, Off the Page (just recently released May 19, 2015) is the presence (or lack thereof) of the side characters. The side characters that existed in Oliver’s fairy tale world were really what made this story for me. Sure, Oliver’s quest to escape into the real world was entertaining, but what really got me were his fairy tale friends – from an orthodontist pirate to a horse concerned with his waistline, from a dragon with braces to feminist mermaids. They were what made this story so special for me. I loved getting to see what they were up to when the Reader closed the book and they didn’t have to play their fairy tale roles anymore.
Unfortunately, the entire existence of Off the Page is pretty much a spoiler for Between the Lines. Off the Page tells the story of Oliver’s adventures in the real world, and I am worried that once he leaves the pages of his book behind, we won’t see his fairy tale friends in the next installment.
The twist at the end of Between the Lines was very interesting, and left me with some questions that I am hoping are addressed in Off the Page. I will definitely be picking up the next book to see what happens to our characters, but I will be very disappointed if Off the Page just focuses on Delilah and Oliver.
All in all, I thought Between the Lines was pretty awesome. Definitely a very light and fluffy read, but by the end I was really rooting for Oliver and all of his friends. Totally worth picking up if you enjoy fairy tales or just fun, quick, light-hearted reads.
When you wish your favorite characters would look up from the pages and start talking to you…..
…..blame it on the books.