Monday, June 4, 2012

ADVANCED REVIEW: BETWEEN THE LINES by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer

Between The Lines
by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
**PUB: JUNE 26th 2012**
by: Simon Pulse
REVIEW COPY: ARC provided by publisher

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.


Between The Lines is a sweet story about what happens to the characters in a children’s book when the pages are shut.

I received an ARC of Between the Lines, but I’m very curious what the final product looks like. The Artwork isn’t final and I think it’ll be touched up in the finished copy. There are also three different fonts (at least) and I’m interested how it all comes together because the review copy has, while an unfinished look about it, an interesting styling that I want to see all put together.

The story alternates between the written story of the book Between the Lines that exists within this book, the point of view of Delilah, who is the reader of the book-in-book Between the Lines and the point of view of Prince Oliver, the hero of both the book-in-book and actual book Between the Lines.

Delilah is lonely, and her main source of comfort is a unique children’s fairy tale she takes out of the library (she has to keep returning it every two weeks and taking it back out again). she reads and rereads Between the Lines and has a (slightly embarrassing) crush on the (drawn) Prince Oliver.

Meanwhile, inside the book, Oliver is bored. He’s tired of acting out the same plot and repeating the same lines over and over again. He doesn’t love  Seraphima, the girl he rescues in the book, and worse, his best friend (who is a dog) Frump is hopelessly in love with Seraphima, making Oliver feel horribly guilty every time they kiss and live happily ever after at the end of the story. One day, Oliver manages to break character. Delilah knows the book well enough to notice and soon the two make contact. Oliver wants out of the book and Delilah wants to help him. 

Along the way they fall in love, which is tricky when the hero is one-dimensional (literally, not in a bad romance sort of way). Eventually Delilah, with Oliver’s help, uncovers the secret of what makes Between the Lines so unique.

I thought this was a fun book. It’s not really so much romantic as sweet. The characters were all well done. I loved learning about the different characters in the book-in-book and how different they were when the book was shut. The way the inside-book world was created was excellent and very well thought out.  Oliver, in particular was a great character. Learning more about him (without giving away the ending) and why he was the hero of the story made his character special.

That said, the ending is a bit weak. While it ties up all the loose ends I couldn’t help but have a few “yeah, but…?” questions that left me thinking about what would happen in the future for these characters (particularly Edgar and Oliver).

Overall, you’ll want to check this book out, if only for the layout and artwork. I loved how visual it was. It was easy to sink into the different parts of the book.  It’s fun and sweet . I have a few "book boyfriends" so it's hard not to love the idea that they are living in their books, possibly waiting to fall in love with the girl reading the book.

You can find out LOTS more information about Between The Lines HERE


  1. I adore Jodi Picoult and am so excited for this book to see what her venture into YA will be like. And by the sounds of it, it will be awesome! I'm really interested to see the different perspectives happening in this one as well. Yay, I'm happy to hear it was good :)

    1. Andrea, thanks for stopping by. While it's written for a younger audience (12+) it's a sweet book. The highlight for me is the artwork. It really helps bring the story to life (haha). There are full page images, but also little pictures lurking on the pages that add to the experience.

  2. Great review!! I was excited about this book and now more so! Was kinda surprised to see Jodi Picoult being one of the authors! Her books fall wayyyyyy outside my genre, and this makes itself fit into my genre with the magic! I read paranormals and a few fantasy/magic books that grab my attention. This just sounds freaking awesome! Can't wait to read it!

    1. Hi Jessica. Samantha Van Leer is Jodi Picoult's daughter so it was a collaboration between them, with the idea being Samantha's. I loved the idea that our favourite characters might be busy with their own drama when we're not reading the book. Thanks for stopping by.


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