Book Review: Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer


I grabbed this book due to Ex Libris, my school’s book club. It was between this or the Time Machine by H.G. Wells, and I was searching more for a quick and entertaining read. This novel lived up to these expectations.

The plot intrigued me greatly. My curiosity to know just how the authors pulled off the ending kept me reading. The book is about a misfit teenage girl who falls in love with a fairy tale prince from a book. Crazy, right? In her defense, boys in books are always better. What girl hasn’t dreamed of a prince sweeping her off her feet and the two of them galloping away in the sunset? The main character daydreams about the prince and wishes wholeheartedly he could just jump out of the book and rescue her from the mundane life she lives.

Once Delilah, the main character, rereads the book for the umpteenth time , the plot thickens. Suddenly, her beloved prince charming speaks to her from his illustration. The novel switches between Prince Oliver’s and Delilah’s points of view. It shows the story that continues when the book is closed, the fairy tale story Delilah can read, and the life of a lonely teenager using a simple fairy tale as an escape from reality.

A couple critiques: The plot had a few holes. I wasn’t really sure how the whole book-world worked. For instance, do the same rules apply to novels without pictures? Is it the illustrations that come to life, or the words? How come she was the only one who could hear the characters?

Other than a few unanswered questions, I thought the book was fine. It wasn’t exceedingly special, nor was it completely awful. If you’re looking for a fun read, I recommend picking it up.

Disclaimer: While Between the Lines is a Jodi Picoult novel, she also wrote it with her daughter, Samantha van Leer. I haven’t read enough Jodi Picoult to be sure, but I’ve been told this book is very different from her writing style. Still, I loved this book as a simple read, and if you’re in the mood for something light and airy, then crack open the spine of Between the Lines.

3/5 Stars


6 thoughts on “Book Review: Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

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