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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 princ
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Hardcover, 353 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Simon Pulse Simon Schuster
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Christine Riccio
This was super fluffy, cute, and easy to read. It felt like I was reading a fairy tale as a child! It doesn't feel like young adult, but it's a charming, refreshing read! Here's my booktalk: https://youtu.be/D59k9BvRTVg
Eden
a) Just because a woman/mermaid dislikes men doesn't make her a feminist. Oh my Lord, do I really have to bring this up after the Tempest fiasco? That makes her a misandrist: a man-hater. A feminist is a person who believes in equality for both men and women. GET THAT THROUGH YOUR HEADS. (This is not snark. This is pure naked truth.)

b) Just because you make a lack of courage your hero's tragic flaw doesn't mean you can make him perfect in every other way. I'm a little sick and tired of all the b
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Giselle
I'm not sure if the fact that I've read a few books by Jodi Picoult in the past affected my enjoyment of this novel, and even though I knew not to expect her usual story-type since it's written with her daughter, this was a lot different than what I had envisioned. It's a good book. It is. But I think it's aimed at a younger YA audience and this is where I was left a little underwhelmed.

It's a fairy tale in all it's classic glory. This is a story about princes, love, friends, overcoming the imp
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Nafiza
There is a very famous play by Tom Stoppard called Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. The play deals with metaphysical elements of two-dimensional characters who question their existence and its cyclical nature. Between the Lines reminded me of that play. It, too, deals with a character in a fictional piece of work fighting against his existence or, perhaps, the lack of it. There are some very delightful illustrations accompanying the text – my favourite is the one where Prince Oliver is cli ...more
Julie
It was an interesting concept, but not very well executed.

The book was extremely inconsistent. For example, how could Oliver know what a fire extinguisher and orthodontia is but not a sandwich? They had sandwiches back in the Middle Ages, even if they didn't call them sandwiches.

Plus, I'm not sure what the target audience of this book it. It's marketed as YA, but the writing is so straight-forward and simple. The authors try to add themes and "deep meaning" to this book, but it's so ridiculous
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Michelle
Feb 01, 2015 Michelle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who is still young at heart
Anyone familiar with Picoult’s solo adult books will know they usually involve moral issues and can be very confrontational. The first thing you need to do when you pick up this book: forget about her solo work and remember this is a joint effort. Trust me when I say it is something completely different from any of her previous works. And, boy, is it wonderful.

Delilah is a teenager who doesn’t really ‘fit in’ to any of the groups at school and she *gasp* spends her lunchtime in the library. She
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Carrie
Written by Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer, and it's evident from the very first line that the only writing Jodi did in this was adding her name to the cover.
The book is targeted YA, but it is a very young YA.
It lacked any of the punch, depth and insight that Jodi's work usually has. The story concept could have been interesting if it had been better written. But it was full of plot holes and continuity issues, and everything really only seemed to be addressed on a superficial
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Kim
While the concept was cute and the illustrations fun, I can't help but wonder if this would have made it onto the shelves had Jodi's name not been attached. Don't get me wrong, for a first book written by a teen, it's good, and I am sure Jodi is proud of her daughter, but she has a long way to go before reaching her mom's ability. The characters were very flat, and the ending was unbelievable. It actually started out pretty well and had mysterious build up, only to fall short. I'm glad I didn't ...more
Cazzy

(This review will contain major spoilers)

I really wanted to like this book. The idea of it was good- what book-loving girl hasn't wanted a fictional character? I've always been a sucker for fairy tales, and that's why the book appealed to me.
But oh, was this book terrible. I could go on for hours talking about why I didn't like it, but I'm just going to talk about a few major points.

1.) The High School/Delilah
Cliche, cliche cliche. In the introduction, Jodi mentioned how her daughter was a junio
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Booknut
Have you ever wondered what happens when you close a book?

Do the characters stay frozen?
Do they play chess on the beach?
Do they rehearse their lines and try on outfits?
Do they gossip about characters and munch on snacks?
Or do they long to escape their 'happily ever after'?

A mesmerising tale of a young girl and a fictional prince who enlist the help of the other to escape their worlds and to discover how their own stories end.
~Tina~
4.5 stars

Delilah has never felt like she belonged to the real world. Sure, she has her best friend, Jules and her mom, but her life at school is miserable and she never grew up with a dad. So it's no wonder that she clings to her books so desperately. They can never disappoint her and it's where happily ever after exists, if only for a short while.
But what if the characters in your stories don't end after you close the book for the night? What happens if the characters go about their business i
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Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
Not many books have the white paper with colored ink, but I’m so glad this one does because the illustrations are gorgeous. There are also little silhouettes scattered through out the pages to identify important characters, scenes and plot. I love how the colours and typeface are different when it changes from Oliver’s viewpoint to Delilah’s viewpoint.

I love how Oliver wants to be something more than just an actor in a book. He wants to make a difference. To be extraordinary, not ordinary were h
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Becca
I hate not finishing books. It kills me not to finish a book, no matter how many issues I may have with it. That said, I could not stomach sitting through all of Between the Lines. I did not have it in me. I was so eager to read it, too. I love any take on fairytales. I love retellings, re-workings, anything. I love the television show Once Upon a Time. I. Love. Fairytales. When I saw that this was about fairytales, I was excited to read this book. A few chapters in, however, I knew it was going ...more
Emily
I devoured this book! I was first planning to purchase this book as a NOOKbook, but when I opened it up at the store, I just had to buy the physical copy. The full-paged colored illustrations, the pictures placed beautifully around the pages, and different fonts and colors made this book so pretty. Normally you see books with amazing covers, but this was just all-around gorgeous!

I read this in about three hours. I wasn't sure what to expect, because I hadn't ever read the synopsis on it before.
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Jackie
Dear Readers,

You'll obviously have seen all the different ratings as soon as you visited the page. Jodi Picoult wrote it with her daughter and you can tell that it is not a classic Picoult novel. Samantha Van Leer, Jodi's daughter wrote this book with her and you can feel when you read it that another writers voice is telling the story. While some reviewers are disappointed by the Jodi Picoult name on the book I say so what? Haven't you ever heard of don't judge a book by its cover? Or its autho
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Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Oh LAWD, was that cheesy.
That was one of the most corny books I've ever read.

Excuse me, review to be written after I've stopped vomiting rainbows and sunshine.


Oliver is a prince, trapped inside the same fairytale and desperate to get out. When Delilah picks up the book, she falls in love with the story...and with Oliver. She's also the only one who can hear him.
The two try every way possible to get Oliver out of the fairytale, but nothing works. How can they be together when Oliver is only ink
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Cass -  Words on Paper
4/5

Between the Lines

+ Interesting premise, cutesy but it definitely had me thinking.
+ Issues of abandonment, separation, anxiety and social demise.
+ The storybook characters vs. the "real life" characters - their personalities and the idea that there's more than meets the readers' eyes.
+++ Illustrations. This instantly gets a book brownie points. Every single one of them brings more to the story and enhances the experience rather than hinders or distracts. It's a book about a fairytale - what be
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Gina
Delilah is 15 years old. Unlike the other girls in her school, she is unpopular and addicted to a fairytale called Between The Lines. She dislikes suprises and enjoys the comfort of believing in a happy ending. When Oliver, a Prince in the fairytale speaks to her, Delilah must choose whether promise to help Oliver escape from the fairytale, even if it's impossible.

Jodi Picoult is an author I would not normally read, however this book is very different from her previous works. Although, in some w
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Indah
I wanted to love this book. Hell, I wanted to adore it. It has gorgeous pictures and silhouettes and just the entire lay-out is incredible. Also Jodi Picoult's name is quite a known one, and not for the worst. The fact that she had written it with her daughter only made me more interested, as well as an interesting premise: what happens to the characters when you close a book.

BUT GUESS WHAT: IT WAS POORLY EXECUTED!

The Plot:

At the beginning, I was interested in how the story was going, as you g
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Tamara
1,5 stars
“REAL FAIRY TALES are not for the fainthearted. Children get eaten by witches and chased by wolves; women fall into comas and are tortured by evil relatives. Somehow all that pain and suffering is worthwhile, though, when it leads to the ending: happily ever after. Suddenly it no longer matters if you got a B- on your midterm in French or you’re the only girl in the school who doesn’t have a date for the spring formal. Happily ever after trumps everything.But what if ever after could c
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Natalie (Never trust a duck)
This was a really really REALLY cute book. Enjoyed it immensely. I only wish it would actually happen. To me. I want an Oliver. Specifically one named William Herondale or Daemon Black.
Jenna David
I think this is a perfect book for younger readers, maybe middle school aged to early high school. The main character, Delilah, is only 15, a freshman in high school. I loved the little illustrations in the book and the different point of views worked well together. I loved the idea of the characters in the story having their own lives when the reader closes the book. The plot was great but I thought the solution for the problem at the end was a little weird. Both Delilah and Oliver were pretty ...more
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Mensch, war das niedlich :-) Rezi kommt am Freitag!
Whitney Atkinson
This book was so so so neat and the writing was great and I couldn't put it down, but as good as the idea sounded in the synopsis, the actual story was kind of silly. Regardless, I still enjoyed it although the main character was annoying and the characters' actions sometimes weren't very believable.
Susane Colasanti
This delightfully unique novel will entrance you. Everyone deserves a happy ending :)
Brian
I'm proud of Jodi and her daughter for putting out a book that didn't include a courtroom scene. I joke, there are a couple of hers that don't but I've come to view Miss Jodi as a formula writer. This was a fun, breezy, likable teen novel. However...the idea for the story itself seems very Inkheartlike to me. The plot is about a girl who is 15 who loves this fairy tale she finds at her school library. She reads it and falls in love with the prince, who is the main character, then discovers that ...more
Jess
I love the concept of the story and the story building of the book world, but that's really about it. I guess I had high expectations because I have read many of Picoult's stories before, but this book doesn't read like a Picoult. I'm not sure if it is because she's never written YA before, or a fantasy, or (perhaps even more likely) it is because she mostly allowed her daughter to take the lead in the writing, but it all falls flat. You can tell that a high schooler wrote it and she's making u ...more
Joti
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Karina
I had high hopes for this book because Jodi Picoult has proven herself a wonderful author over the years. I thought the duo would be a fun twist on her normal writing and having the story resemble a fairy tale would be cool too. Also, upon first picking up the book and seeing the pictures, I thought it would make for an interesting book.
However...I was very disappointed. The writing was surprisingly awful and any attempt at making the reader actually feel any sort of emotion tragically failed. T
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Amelia
4.5 Star!


Full review will be up next week bc I'm drafting it and I'm on holidays for 2 weeks starting next week! yass!
Can't wait to start Off The Page next bc this book is just that great <3
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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-two novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

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