Between the Lines

Between the Lines

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Told in their separate voices, sixteen-year-old Prince Oliver, who wants to break free of his fairy tale existence, and fifteen-year-old Delilah, a loner obsessed with Prince Oliver and the book in which he exists, work together to seek his freedom.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2012
Edition: 1st Simon Pulse hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451635751
Characteristics: xi, 352 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Call Number: Y PICOULT, J


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Jan 11, 2021

I really liked the concept of this book and it seemed as though there was a lot of potential. The book was very cliche and the main character had a basic personality. She is described as weird when in reality her personality is very common. This book was a great book otherwise.

Jul 26, 2019

This book makes me dream and care about the characters found in the stories i read, add a little more flare to make the characters more human. This book gave the reader a sense of how it would be if both the story world and human world were to mix. It appealed to the little girl inside of me while been very appealing to the teen. This was a very good book.

Although this is not my usual genre, I really loved the concept of the story. Delilah is a teenager that doesn’t quite fit in, preferring to spend her time immersed in reading. The problem is she is obsessed with one book, a fairy tale titled Between the Lines. Delilah is fascinated with the main character, Prince Oliver, and continues to read the story again and again until one day Prince Oliver actually speaks to her from the pages of the book. A mission entails to help Oliver in his quest to escape the story and realize his true destiny. A great summer read which poses the question, “do characters in books have another life when the book is closed???” (submitted by JF)

Aug 05, 2017

I like a good metafiction, and the ones where characters are self-aware and try to defy their intended roles is my absolute favorite of this sub-genre.
But "Between the Lines" lucked out. The inherent tragedy of a romance between a reader and a book character is evident in the premise, but the ending had strange pacing and failed to deliver on a sound conclusion. It reminds me of my fanfiction writing days where I tried to bend over backwards to have a happy ending, but even then I knew that you can't suddenly change the terms of established plot points to get what you might want.
This is one fairy tale that I won't be revisiting.

Mar 12, 2017

One of my favorite books!!! A very original idea and draws you in from the first page!

Jun 30, 2016

The girl realizes the characters in the book are actually real people

Jun 23, 2016

This was a book that i absolutely loved. i liked how Delilah was the only one who could hear prince Oliver screaming to come out of the book. i feel like Oliver and Delilah would have made a cute couple. i immediately liked all the characters, especially Humphrey. I thought it was hilarious how Princess Seraphima thought that Prince Oliver actually liked her. After all, this was a great book with alot of adventure.

Dec 30, 2015

A very original idea. Adults will enjoy this.

Aug 22, 2015

Good premise but poor execution

QueenBoadicea Aug 20, 2015

Are there really happily ever afters? Are they worth all the trouble or is there perhaps something…more? Delilah is a shy, withdrawn girl—not your typical heroine. Prince Oliver lacks bravery that would make him take up a sword and fight knights and dragons—not your typical hero. So what can you expect but a very atypical fairy tale? Recalling Roderick Townley’s “The Great Good Thing”, Ms. Picoult and her very creative daughter brought together a mad swirl of possibilities into one fantastic book. Serving as both as springboard and a dumping ground for a fertile imagination, “Between the Lines” takes the reader on a breathtaking journey as we dip into and out of a storybook fairy tale (complete with the requisite fey, mermaids, trolls, dragon and a scarred villain). Impossible burgeons between a restless fairy tale prince and an all-too-living girl as the authors blur the boundaries of reality and fiction. The characters come to life in and out of the worn library book that Delilah picks off the shelf. This novel is a precious idea, a tragic love story and a rousing adventure, one that brims with humor, cleverness and heartbreak. This is a story to appeal to anyone who’s ever wondered if their own story couldn’t be changed.

A word must be given to the illustrations which are truly lovely. The color ones exude life and energy as we see the actions of Oliver, the not-so-brave prince, as he thinks his way through one dilemma after another. The illustrations aptly convey danger, romance, pensiveness and excitement. The black-and-white inserts are quite good as well, cunningly accentuating the text and riffing off it as well. We see characters literally running on or off the page, getting hung up on letters or being reduced to text as Oliver and Delilah try one tactic after another to bring him into the “real” world.

Ms. Picoult has produced another amazing writer in her daughter Samantha. Here’s hoping for future greatness from Ms. Van Leer.

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Oct 22, 2014

"Between the lines" by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

Fairytales are supposed to be made up, right? Well you better think again, when you read "Between the lines". The characters in this book actually speak and move. Not the type of talking that the author writes in the dialogue, but the physical characters.

Delilah a girl who spends most of her time alone, with her nose stuck in a book, fell in love with the book "Between the lines". It's sort of strange to like a fairytale when you are in high-school, but when you don't have any friends, it doesn't matter.

Delilah, while reading the book for the umpteenth time, thought she was losing her mind when Prince Oliver commented on her eyes.Why would a character in a book talk to you? Turns out that "Between the lines" isn't your normal fairytale. You may picture yourself in the story, but the characters want to live in your life.

Prince Oliver and Delilah eventually come good friends, almost too good of friends. Could this turn into a romance? But they are from two different worlds; fiction and reality. Oliver confronts Delilah about how he would like to be with her, but couldn't think of how that would ever work. They are in two different worlds, for Pete's sake!

Can Oliver and Delilah make something work between them? They are going to have to read in between the lines to figure this out.

Apr 17, 2012

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.


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