Book Reviews

Book Review: Between the Lines

…by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

Delilah is a teenager. An outcast at school thanks to injuring one of the popular girls. A quiet girl. Whose father walked out on her and her mother years ago. Delilah finds solace in books as that way, you don’t have to live the life you are currently living. However, unlike most teenagers, Delilah seems to have taken a liking to a fairy tale. And what’s more, she seems obsessed with it much to her mother’s dislike. The reason Delilah gets hooked on to this story in the first place is because like her, the main character, Prince Oliver, did not know much of his father either. Her obsession with the book grows as Oliver begins speaking to her.

Oliver is trapped in the fairy tale and wishes to know what life would be like in the outside world. He is unhappy having to play the same role over and over again. Through Delilah, he finally finds a reader he can communicate with. And hopefully, she can help him escape the world of the fairy tale.

What must Delilah have to go through to rescue Oliver?

Does Oliver have his wish come true?

What is it like for characters of a book once the book is closed?

To know all that and much more, you have to read Between the Lines.

This book is unlike Jodi Picoult’s other books mainly because it’s a concept that her daughter came up with and therefore caters to a young adult audience. Hence, as an adult reader, you  need to suspend belief and take the story for what it’s worth. It is a beautiful journey and has its laugh-out-loud moments to heart-stopping ones and on the whole, is like a fairy tale. I thought the concept of characters in a book having a world of their own after the reader stops reading was a brilliant concept! Kudos to Samantha for that! Any avid reader would get hooked on to something like that. For instance, in my case, while reading this, I couldn’t help but wonder about Harry Potter and their world when we shut the book. 🙂

Samantha Van Leer is a name to watch out for in the future. If at such a young age she could come up with a brilliant concept such as this book, I think we are in for a treat! If you are a Jodi Picoult fan, you should know that it is not like any of her other books so it’s important not to compare this to them. Remember again, it’s for young adults and it is fantasy. It is a book to read to escape and get into another world.

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Until next time,


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  • Elizabeth
    27 August 2012 at 5:37 am

    Hmmmm… I had short listed this book in my library for my next read…But after reading your review, I need to give it some thought…

    I did notice that you enjoyed the book…So let me think 😛

  • Reema Sahay
    19 September 2012 at 2:52 am

    I read Smita’s review too and since I have it, I think I will read it sometime. The thing is I don’t like leaving a book midway, so it becomes a drag to finish a book.