Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
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. From Goodreads.
I read the synopsis of this book and I was like “Oh wow, this sounds really good. I can’t wait to read this.” I was definitely let down in the story. I really felt that the story lacked something, don’t get me wrong it was a cute story but I just couldn’t get into it as much as a lot of other books that I have read recently.
I like how the main character, Delilah, likes to read books, even if they are children’s fairy tale books. I like fairy tale books as much as the next person, I just felt that she was missing something, some anger toward her dad for leaving her and her mom and starting a family all the way on the other side of the planet. Anger for her mom thinking she was crazy, which honestly if I had a child and they were telling me that a character in a book was talking to them I might think the same thing but if I was Delilah I would have been furious that my mom didn’t believe me.
Oliver definitely sounded like the heart-breaker that he obviously was, since he broke the princess’s heart while he feel in love with Delilah. Of course, I really like how the author of Between the Lines (the book in the book, I know slightly confusing) imaged Oliver after her son Edgar. Oliver had his moments of complete bravery and it was nice to see.
I really liked the idea of a mom and daughter working together to create this story, and I think they did a good job with story. I just have that personal vendetta against the insta-love that this book had. I get that she was pretty and he was gorgeous, but that doesn’t mean that you are madly in love already. But all in all it was a cute read.
I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.