Monday, 13 August 2012

Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

Between the Lines 
 Blurb (from Goodreads):

What happens when happily ever after... isn’t?

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 prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.

Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance
blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Between the Lines(Source: I borrowed a copy of this book.)
15-year-old Delilah is not popular. In fact, since she accidentally broken the head cheerleaders kneecap, she’s been a bit of an outcast. This doesn’t bother Delilah much, she has her best friend Jules (who her mother claims looks like a vampire), and she has a book that she’s recently fallen in love with. An old, one-of-a-kind fairy-story called ‘Between the Lines’.

Oliver is the prince in ‘Between the Lines’. He’s been replaying the same scenes every time someone opens the book for years, and he’s fed up of it. He’s had enough of the princess Seraphima (who is not very bright), and sick of reading the same lines over and over again. He wants out of the book, and he wants a real life.

One day Delilah notices something different in the book – a chess board in the sand that the prince has forgotten to erase. Suddenly Oliver begins to believe that maybe if he tries to communicate with Delilah, she will hear him and help him.

When Oliver does manage to try and speak with Delila, it turns out that she can speak with him, and together they begin devising strange plans to try and get Oliver out of the painting. How will they ever find anything that works though? And if something does work, will Oliver be sucked back into the book the moment someone opens it again?
Together Delilah and Oliver must puzzle out a way to get Oliver out of the book so that instead Delilah and Oliver can live happily ever after.

This story has an interesting premise – the prince who doesn’t want to live happily ever after, but having read it, I’d probably describe it as ‘alright’. It’s not bad, but it’s not a favourite either, and I don’t think I’ll be reading it again.
To start with I was enjoying the book, there was a real ‘fairytale’, magic feeling going on, and it was actually quite enchanting. Unfortunately it lost its magic for me about a third of the way in, and started to just fall a little flat.
Delilah is a ‘nice’ character, and although she obviously felt that Oliver was real, how delusional do you have to be to believe that a fairytale prince is not only talking to you, but is real and wants to escape from his book? You can see why her mother wanted to take her to see a psychiatrist can’t you? Other than this though I don’t have much to say about Delilah, for me she was just a bit ‘meh’.
Oliver also came across as quite nuts at times. He seemed to be quite happy to risk life and limb in this bizarre quest to escape from his book, and didn’t seem to think anything of the consequences. I mean, I know this sounds a bit pessimistic, but what the hell did he really think he was going to do once he got out of the fairytale? He has nowhere to live, no friends or family, no qualifications etc, etc.

Anyway, onto the ending - While the ending was fitting, I really don’t see any kind of happily ever after though, which is kind-of expected from a fairytale isn’t it? I was also a bit annoyed that after trying so many things to get Oliver out of the book, there is no explanation as to what they actually did in the end to make it work! A bit annoying really.

Overall; an interesting, fairytale-ish story, but just falls a bit short for me.
7 out of 10.


  1. Well crap. I really liked the sound of this one. It's so different. But I hate when books fall apart. I don't mind if there slow in the beginning and get better, but slowly losing the whole fairytlae feel (which is what interests me) makes me hesitant to read it.

    1. I know! I was really loving it to start with, I love fairy tales and happy endings. This just didn't quite keep it up though :(

  2. I adore Jodi Picoult but sometimes her books are a bit of a hit or miss with me. This book is on my TBR list and after reading your review I am a little hesitant to buy it so maybe I will check it out from the library instead.