If I was younger, I would have absolutely loved this book. Even though I'm not in the target age range for this books (probably 8-12 year old), this w...moreIf I was younger, I would have absolutely loved this book. Even though I'm not in the target age range for this books (probably 8-12 year old), this was a guilty pleasure for me! This was a simple story with a hint of creepiness that would be fantastic for children, young teens or any reluctant readers.
When I was younger, I really enjoyed reading books such as The Sleepover Club and Goosebumps, and if the Creepover series was available then, it would've been a sure hit with me! Truth or Dare certainly reminded me of both of those fantastic series of my childhood. It felt like I was reading a combination of those books, but modernised. It had just the right amount of scariness - it wasn't horrifying, but there were small scares throughout which is enough to make you feel uneasy. There was also a realistic and fun friendship between the girls at the sleepover. The book is simple and easy to follow with a few mysteries to leave you wondering throughout. I read this book in a single sitting as it was so absorbing and well paced. It was certainly a page turner! I was eager to see what would happen with the ghost that our protagonist was seeing and I definitely didn't expect the ending - I'm glad that it wasn't predictable.
I think that this book would be an ideal starting point for any reluctant readers, children or otherwise. There is enough substance without anything becoming too complex and the writing style is simple but effective. I thought that the activities left for the reader to do after the story had finished were fantastic. I don't usually comment on additional content, but I thought that the invitation to write your own story was a wonderful idea and gave me yet another reason to urge younger readers to pick up this book.
I didn't expect to enjoy this one as much as I did, simply because it's children's fiction, but it was actually a really enjoyable quick read. I enjoyed the paranormal aspect of it and it also reminded me a bit of Pretty Little Liars. This is definitely something I'd recommend to both reluctant and younger readers. If you're a parent or guardian, I'd certainly urge you to give this book to your child!(less)
As you all (should) know by now, I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult, she is certainly one of my favourite authors. You should also know that I absolutely...moreAs you all (should) know by now, I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult, she is certainly one of my favourite authors. You should also know that I absolutely adore books that are for 'Young Adults'. It won't come as much of a surprise that I was absolutely desperate to have this book in my hands! If that wasn't enough to grab my interest, the storyline certainly did. I am sure that a lot of you will be persuaded to pick this book up due to the plot.
Essentially, this book is about a girl, Delilah, who falls in love with a character in one of her favourite books, a fairytale named 'Between the Lines'. I'm sure that a lot of us feel strong connections with certain books, and Delilah is the same. However, Delilah later realises that she has more of a connection than most do with this story - she can actually communicate with one of the characters inside - Prince Oliver (who is gorgeous, if the fantastic illustrations are anything to go by). This may sound absolutely amazing, and to an extent it is for both Delilah and Oliver, but it also causes several issues. Oliver realises that he truly doesn't want to be stuck in the same story for the rest of his life, and Delilah's mother and best friend get concerned that she's so attached to a 'childish' book. Oliver is determined to escape from the book that has him bound, and Delilah is willing to try anything to help him so that they can be together. I commend Picoult and her daughter, Van Leer, for the storyline.
I did enjoy the format of the book. I thought that the fairytale itself was interesting enough and it was very easy to get completely absorbed in it. I thought that the beginning was the most interesting part of the fairytale. The rest of the fairytale was scattered throughout the book at starts of chapters (that were then split into points of view by both Delilah and Oliver) - I thought that this was a good idea and can understand why it was written that way, but for me, it didn't seem as magical as it could have been. It certainly wasn't poor, but having the story fragmented lost some of its effectiveness. I did however, love hearing about the 'book-world' when reading Oliver's point of view. There is a really good, fun sense of humour that a lot of things (books, cinema, etc) lack at the moment. It's good, clean fun. I realise that this is aimed at Young Adults as they probably will appreciate it more, but there's no reason why younger children (around 9+) wouldn't enjoy this alongside teens and adults.
I really loved the introduction of the characters that we met towards the end of the book, particularly Edgar. Whilst I though that the ending was quite convenient, I also found it to be interesting and it was one of the best parts of the story for me. It could have been drawn out more and I wish it was, it seemed a little rushed and I'd have liked to know more about Edgar and his mother, but it was still enjoyable.
I really love the fact that Picoult decided to write this book with her daughter. It's a refreshing and more upbeat story than Picoult usually tends to write - it's clear that it wasn't only her that had input. Whilst there were a few flaws in this book, for the most part it was really enjoyable. It was very interesting to see Picoult's experienced writing combined with her daughters creativity, and I hope that there's more where that came from. I really do hope that this isn't just a one-off and that they will both write more books together, targeted at the YA market, getting even better as they go along. An enjoyable book for all of the family.(less)
3.5 stars. Reading the authors note probably earned this the extra half a star, just because I found it to be moving to know that this book helped her...more3.5 stars. Reading the authors note probably earned this the extra half a star, just because I found it to be moving to know that this book helped her through the sudden death of her best friend - that's definitely a touching sentiment. I admit that I was expecting more from this book as it seems to be quite popular. Unfortunately, this one just didn't hold anything special to me. I like a book that makes me think about broader things and makes me feel emotions for the characters, whether it is happy, sad, excited, scared - but honestly, I just didn't feel very connected to them. To me, everything felt a little too flat. Liesl and Po had certainly had a charming quality, but they weren't especially distinctive or unique - I think that if their personalities were built more, it could've been more effective. The idea that Liesl is coping with loss definitely had potential to be emotive or to teach something, but I've come away from the book not feeling as though I've gained anything. For a children's book it is a good, easy read. The story is easy to follow, the plot isn't boring and the illustrations throughout are lovely. It's entertaining but nothing more. I certainly don't regret reading this as it wasn't bad, just nothing outstanding. (less)