Fiction Friday: Review: Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer.

Between the lines

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release Date: first published June 1st 2012
Source: Gifted.

From the blurb:

Delilah knows it’s weird, but she can’t stop reading her favourite fairy tale. Other girls her age are dating and cheerleading. But then, other girls are popular.
Delilah loves the comfort of the happy ending, and knowing there will be no surprises.
Until she gets the biggest surprise of all, when Prince Oliver looks out from the page and speaks to her.
Now Delilah must decide: will she do what Oliver asks, and help him break out of the book? Or is this her chance to escape into happily ever after?

Read between the lines for total enchantment…

My Thoughts.

4 stars.

I really enjoyed this book. It was so highly imaginative. Delilah has been reading the same book over and over again; a fairytale about a prince named Oliver. Oliver’s story, the story Delilah is reading, is weaved throughout the book so we get to read it too – which I thought was pretty awesome.
In Between The Lines, when Between The Lines (Which is what Oliver’s story is called) is closed, the characters have a life of their own. All of them are happy to carry on with their lives this way – living out the story when the book is open, living their own lives when the book is closed – all except Oliver. He wants to know what the world of the reader is like.

After Delilah has read the book for the countless time, she notices something in the illustrations that had never been there before. She then starts hearing Oliver – the first ever reader to do so. She learns Oliver is unhappy and wants to get out of the book. Together they try and come up with a way to do this. They soon fall in love, which happened a little quick, but that’s what we readers do, right? Quickly fall in love with the hero/heroine of the stories we read. (or hopefully do anyway.)

My absolute favourite part of this book were the illustrations. I vote for more illustrations in YA novels (maybe I need to start reading graphic novels?)
Some of them were black and white like this: (Sorry it’s a little blurred.)


And some of them were full-page colour illustrations like this:


This is a book for book lovers. I’m sure any girl who has ever fallen in love with a book character would love to be in Delilah’s shoes. It was an enchanting modern day fairytale that I highly recommend.

You can add it to your Goodreads here.

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