Between the Lines
Reviewed by Amy Colegrove, BCPL Information Services Specialist
Have you ever thought about what happens to the characters of the story that you are reading when you close the book? I hadn’t until now. Do the characters just sit there waiting for you to return? Or do they have lives of their own when the book closes? Interesting thought, don’t you think?
This book, Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer, is about Delilah – a bit of a loner who hates school but loves to read, and Oliver – the brave prince from the fairy tale that she has checked out from her school library. Delilah has read and re-read this book many times. She knows that the sweet little fairy tale is too young for her, but that doesn’t matter. She loves the story and all of the characters inside. Then one day, as she is reading, she hears someone speaking to her. It takes some time to realize that it is Oliver and he is speaking to her from inside the book. At first she thinks she’s crazy but after some time they form an unbreakable friendship. Oliver decides that his fantasy world is no longer enough and spends his days trying to find ways to leave the story, in order to be in the real world with Delilah. The book gives you Delilah’s point of view, Oliver’s point of view, and the actual fairy tale. You watch Oliver fulfill his destiny in the fairy tale, as well as fall in love with Delilah and spend his time trying to find a way to be with her in her world.
I found this book enchanting! It was a sweet, quick read and a new perspective on fairy tales. I found myself thinking about other books that I have read and wondering “Do they have other lives when I’m not around?” I get the most enjoyment from reading young adult novels because I feel as if I am transported to another time and place. This book was no exception. There were times that I felt that I was as much a part of this fairy tale as Oliver was.
Jodi Picoult is the best-selling author of 21 books, including this one that she wrote with her daughter, Samantha Van Leer. Four of her books have been made into movies. She lives in Hanover, New York, where she lives with her husband, three children, and numerous animals. Copies of Jodi Picoult’s books are available for check-out here at BCPL. Just visit our catalog to reserve yours today.