Off The Page is a quirky follow up/companion to Between the Lines; you do not need to read Between the Lines to pick up Off the Page, it covers the fiOff The Page is a quirky follow up/companion to Between the Lines; you do not need to read Between the Lines to pick up Off the Page, it covers the first story perfectly and stands hilariously on its own.
Picking up shortly after the end of Between the Lines - Oliver(fictional prince) was pulled out of his story and replaced by Edgar. Oliver has been living in the real world for around 3 months now, learning to fit in as an American teenager from Delilah. No matter how much she coaches him - she knows, nothing can really prepare him for high school. Oliver in high school, are some of the funniest scenes I have read in a long time.
Oliver was able to convince Edgar's mom (she thinks Oliver is her son) to move closer to the girl he loves - Delilah & Oliver are trying to live their "happily ever after"; but things do not go as planned. For one, Oliver is clueless when it comes to the opposite sex - he thinks he is being polite but Delilah does not see it that way. She is also having to compete for his attention - now that he is a "real boy" he is making friends and wants to hang out with them too. Their biggest issue is when Oliver gets a message from the book-COME HOME. Edgar may have agreed to rewrite the story and switch places with Oliver; but he didn't realize he would just be sitting here bored out of his mind. Since the switch no one has picked up the book, his story cannot be told. This isn't what he signed up for - he wanted adventures and freedom.
If you are a fan of Jodi's writing you are going to enjoy Off The Page - it has her trademark "emotional pull" blended with a younger funnier vibe. Off The Page is a cute quirky read. Great for a sitting around the pool this summer....more
Bone Gap is a magically wonderful confusing wild roller-coaster ride and I loved every minute of it and want to hop back on again. I listened to BoneBone Gap is a magically wonderful confusing wild roller-coaster ride and I loved every minute of it and want to hop back on again. I listened to Bone Gap, and I am wanting to read an actual copy because I had trouble understanding a few areas and even when I would repeat them over and over it felt like I was missing something. The confusing areas did not take anything away from this amazing tale it actually enhanced the journey of finding/saving Rosa.
The City of Bone Gap - has these "areas/gaps" an alternate universe of sorts; this is one of the elements that make it a little confusing, the other is past and present pov's being juxtaposed. Finn is the main character of our story but Bone Gap is narrated by multiple points of view. Finn O' Sullivan is the towns socially inept kid - they call him "moon man, space face - among other things". Finn witnessed his friend Rosa being kidnapped, only he did not realize it was a kidnapping until it was too late. Finn cannot remember what Rosa's kidnapper looked like and since he can't identify the person responsible, no one believes Rosa was kidnapped - they think he helped her run away. Even his older brother Sean who is madly in love with Rosa doesn't believe Finn's story; this is really hard on Finn. Sean is his hero and he thinks Sean hates him now. He won't help Finn look for Rosa. Finn's life has pretty much flipped upside down, twisted in a tornado and ran over by a Mack truck since Rosa was kidnapped. All of these weird things start happening - their farm is dying, "magical" animals showing up and his relationship with the towns "ugly bee girl" is put under a microscope. Why is he with her, will he hurt her, is he ashamed of her? A lot of it is just small town gossip that gets Finn worked up and he has a hard time understanding what is going on around him, making logical decisions and coping. Finn has one mission, find Rosa.
Rosa's story is another main pov and the other povs are smaller glimpses of what is going on in Bone Gap. I tend to not like multiple points of view, but with this story it worked well, it helped you see the story as a whole and not just this little sliver of Finn's story line. For instance (this is a little spoilery - something is obviously wrong with Finn, but he doesn't have a label for his problems. His girlfriend thinks she may know what is wrong with him, so as she is putting the pieces together, so are we; if it was just Finn's pov, we would get the part she confronts him but not how she figured it all out).
Bone Gap is definitely on my favorite reads this year, it has everything I love in good book; it's mysterious, intriguing, heartbreaking and at times laugh out loud funny. ...more