Sunday, September 9, 2012

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer Book Review

Hey everyone! This book review is of Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer's book called Between the Lines. Check out the video review too below! Enjoy!

Between the Lines 
by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer
Published June 26, 2012 by Simon Pulse
358 pages

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

Delilah hates school as much as she loves books. In fact, there's one book in particular she can't get enough of. If anyone knew how many times she has read and reread the sweet little fairy tale she found in the library, especially the popular kids, she'd be sent to social Siberia...forever.

To Delilah, though, this fairy tale is more than just words on a page. Sure, there's a handsome (well, okay, hot) prince, and a castle, and an evil villain, but it feels as if there's something deeper going on. And one day Delilah finds out there is. Turns out, this Prince Charming is real, and a certain fifteen-year-old loner has caught his eye. But they're from two different worlds, and how can it ever possibly work?

Together with her daughter, Samantha van Leer, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult has written a classic fairy tale with a uniquely modern twist. Readers will be swept away by this story of a girl who crosses the border between reality and fantasy in a perilous search for her own happy ending.

Between the Lines is Jodi Picoult's first venture into Young Adult books, joined together with her daughter, Samantha van Leer! Her daughter is a junior in high school who came to her mom with this idea of a book, which she ended up co-writing and getting published! How cool is that?! That's something all us teenage writers, hey, even ANY undiscovered writer dreams about! Guess it pays to have a bestselling author for a mom, too. Even with the severity of jealousy I had for van Leer, I still managed to pick up this book because I love Jodi Picoult, and I wanted to see how she'd handle young adult and was curious about her daughter. Also, I thought the idea of the book was fun and interesting -- something that hasn't really been done before. 

Let me start out by saying this book was awesome! Maybe I'm a bit biased because the Queen's name is Maureen (;. This story is about Delilah who is basically depicted as a big loser who is obsessed with this children's fairy tale book. One day the book starts talking to her and she can't believe her eyes! Now you see love that goes so far that it transcends any boundaries -- such as a fictional character and a  real girl. It was really a fantastic idea because, let's be honest, how many times have you had a crush on a fictional character and just wished they were real? (Just me?... oh... awkward). 

The illustration and the shadow pictures really added to the story. It was a real life fairy-tale and I loved every second of it. I commend van Leer for coming up with this idea and Picoult for believing in her and agreeing to help write it. 

You really see Picoult's nature of writing a book come out in the point of view switching here, but it worked so well. It switches from the fairy-tale book's story, to Prince Oliver's point of view, to Delilah's point of view and back again. I really thought it captured the essence of this book beautifully and the fonts and colors were fun as well!

The only thing I didn't like was how sad Delilah's life was -- I felt so bad for her!! Other than that I thought it was a light and fun read and I definitely recommend it! It was so quotable, I kept writing them down or taking pictures of them! My favorite was on I think page 2:
"When you have been burned by fire once, you don't leap into the flames again."
Honestly beautiful. One of the best quotes.

My rating: 4/5
Buy it:  Barnes & Noble  or  Amazon

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