Between the Lines
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.
Off the Page
Delilah and Oliver shouldn’t be together. But they are together. And just as they’re getting used to the possibility that happily ever after may really, truly be theirs, the universe sends them a message they can’t ignore: they won’t be allowed to rewrite their story.
Delilah and Oliver must decide how much they’re willing to risk for love and what it takes to have a happy ending in a world where the greatest adventures happen off the page.
When I first heard the premise of this duology, I knew it was going to be right up my alley and was excited to read it, but I was a bit hesitant as well because it is partly written by Jodi Picoult and I’ve never read anything by her and heard that most either like her or dislike her. I try my hardest to go into new series to me unbiased from others opinions, so that I can make my own opinion on them. I’m glad I was able to do that with this duology.
If you were to ask me what my favorite part of this duology is, I would struggle (and currently am) to figure that out. There are so many positives about these books: being written by a mother daughter team, different color font depending on which character the current chapter’s point of view is from, random beautifully done full page pictures when the point of view is taking place in the book mentioned in the story. Besides these, the characters are beautifully written, as individuals, but also as a cast.
Overall the duology is a fun easy read. I read Between the Lines in a 6 hour period during a slow work day ad Off the Page between a 3 day period in which I was quite busy. Had I not been busy, I could have finished it around the same amount of time as Between the Lines. I think anyone who loves a good fairy tale love story and young adult contemporary novels will appreciate this duology.
I am giving the Between the Lines & Off the Page duology 5/5 stars.
About the Authors:
Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-three 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.
Samantha Van Leer
Samantha Van Leer is a sophomore at Vassar College majoring in psychology with a minor in human development. She cowrote the #1 New York Times bestseller Between the Lines, the companion to Off the Page, with her mother, Jodi Picoult.
Jodi and Samantha have four dogs: Alvin, Harvey, Dudley, and Oliver, for whom the prince in the duology is named.