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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Twenty-year-old Eloise has learned all she can from the School, where characters live until joining their novels. No one knows genre and plot structure better than her, but despite her knowledge, she’s yet to be assigned to her own story. All her friends are off starting their lives with their authors—and if Eloise doesn’t get assigned soon, she’ll fade away, forgotten by ...more
Published by REUTS Publications, LLC. (first published April 28th 2015)
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Neil Cochrane
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of being the editor for OFF BOOK, and I have to say that this is one of my favorite projects to have ever worked on. OFF BOOK is a clever and inventive literary adventure that takes our favorite conventions and writing strategies and looks at them from the other side. One of my favorite pieces of advice is that as writers, it's our job to cause problems for our characters, and it's for our characters to solve those problems. Well, here we have exactly that, in a way that reall ...more
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: writers, English teachers, English majors
Recommended to Lauren by: Nicole Tone
This is going to be one of those books that sticks with me. Off Book boasts a unique storyline, fluid writing, and a concept unlike anything I've encountered in book form before. It's like Toy Story, but with book characters. I guarantee that no matter what book I read, Off Book will pop into my head, considering what the characters' lives will look like once they are no longer in-story. Very creative, and I think it is especially enjoyable for writers and English teachers, given all the literar ...more
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*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to REUTS Publications and Jessica Dall*

Twenty-year-old Eloise lives at the School where characters are trained. Waiting to be assigned to a story, Eloise worries that she’ll never leave.

Then Eloise is offered a job at the Recording Office and she jumps at the chance. Her work colleagues are post-storied so Eloise pretends that she is too. She strikes up a relationship with Barnaby Fitzwill
Nicole Tone
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
The premise of OFF BOOK drew me in immediately. Full disclosure: I’ve never read meta anything before, but I’m dying to read more like this. Eloise, the main character, was someone I instantly connected with: she’s smart, but doesn’t fit in. She’s watching all of her friends go off and become part of stories while she has to sit back and wait for something to happen—or fade away. Luckily, she’s given a job where she meets the handsome, former romance main character Barnaby.

While the romance didn
Andy Peloquin
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
First off, I have to say that I loved the concept. It's unique and gives an interesting look at the world of writing--both from the perspective of the characters and that of being a writer.
The intro was pretty solid, but it lost my interest after a few chapters. It takes a bit to understand what the characters are talking about, but once you get it, the book makes a lot more sense.
The character of Eloise is solid, though perhaps a bit two-dimensional. There's no real character growth in the stor
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-and-earcs, own
** I received an eARC of "Off Book" from REUTS Publications, in exchange for my honest review **

Off Book is so unique. It gave me answers to things I’ve always pondered: what are the lives of book character’s like, before they’re in the books? Thanks to the amazing author, Jessica Dall, I finally know.

Off Book is intensely imaginative, and well thought out. The characters are interesting, and vastly diverse. To see the lives of the book characters before, during, and after being in their books
Carolyn Dall
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a fun book to read! It was a wild ride from the start with the most intriguing idea- that characters are in another realm waiting to be assigned to a book and appear as a Main Characters, minor characters or several other designations, but have an entire life "off book" first. When the main character of this book gets sucked into a story in which she does not belong it becomes the wildest read ever! Not like anything I've ever read before but includes poking fun at all the book types out th ...more
Feb 22, 2021 rated it liked it
I loved the concept of the story, it's what drew me to want to read the story in the first place. I've not read many stories about characters waiting to have a story of their own and the idea of it intrigued me. I wanted to see and explore what the author had in mind for the characters.

The characters didn't quite hit me in the right places emotionally. I felt impartial to most of the characters. I suppose Barnaby is the one who I found most compelling because of his drive to help Eloise get out
Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it
The premise of this story was unique and intriguing, I mean I've never thought of the characters in books having lives outside their stories! The world was very cool! To travel from the set of one book to another was super fun, certainly never something I have thought of. The writing is solid. The characters left me wanting more, I just didn't feel like I was really in their heads. The romance was lacking a bit for me, though romance isn't my thing.
Overall it's a fun, fast read.
Reads A-Lot
Jul 09, 2015 rated it liked it
When you read a book, your main focus is typically on the story with the characters being pieces in this grand plot puzzle. Just like when watching a movie, you never think about the life that goes on behind the scenes with the actors, directors, casting crew, and all. Well, this book does!

Eloise is a fictional character (actor) awaiting her casting call in a story. While others are getting cast as wizards, spies, nymphs, vampires, Martians, cowboys, and whatnots in all sorts of novels, Eloise c
Nick Rossi
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
First and foremost, I must concede that Jessica Dall’s “Off Book” is one of the most original and extraordinary narratives I have read in quite some time. Everything about the novel is so new and vivid that it’s fairly difficult for me to highlight what I liked best about it because it was sincerely all so special.

The story itself is a clever twist and commentary on the meaning of life and defining what one’s true purpose really is. Guised under the genre of sci fi/new adult/fantasy, the work it
S.M. Nystoriak
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Quirky, off-beat, but quite charming, I really liked the unique premise of OFF BOOK. Many of us (I expect) have wondered what it would be like to exist in a story, or what characters lives might be like after the novel is over. But author Jessica Dall goes one step further here, and presents the reader with a world of characters before they are written into novels. This existence poses many questions to those who are unwritten. For example, when they finally get chosen, would their existence spa ...more
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, favorites
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I was surprised by this book! I've never read anything like this before and I am sure that any author out there will never think of his or her characters the same way ever again!
The story of Eloise takes place into a somewhat parallel universe, where all pre-storied characters await thei 'call' from the authors' imagination. Then they are assigned into a story until its end, so they later return back home.

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Jessica Dall finished her first novel at age 15 and been writing ever since. She is the author of such novels as Raining Embers and The Stars of Heaven and a number of short stories which have appeared in both literary magazines and anthologies. When not writing, she works as a editor in the Washington, DC metro area.

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