Title: Between the Lines
Series: Between the Lines #1
Author: Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Emily Bestler Books/Atria Simon Pulse
Published Date: June 26th 2012
Genre: YA, Fantasy, FairyTales
Page Count: 368
My Rating: ★ ★ ★
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.
“I think that when you live in a world with limits... when you've met everyone and seem everything you're going to see - you lose the hope that something extraordinary will happen in your life”
It has taken me awhile to review this one because I've had a lot of mixed feelings about it.
While I did really enjoy this story and did fly through it, I couldn't help, but notice the repetitive nature of it, and how most of the time I was annoyed with the two main characters.
Delilah and Oliver were both very lovely characters on their own and that is how I liked them.
Delilah I went back and forth on being annoyed with her and understanding why she was so obsessed with this book and kept it hidden from everyone else so they wouldn't think she was crazy. What I didn't understand about Delilah though was how she didn't trust her best friend with this until the very end. If she had just explained what she thought was going on and shown her best friend what was happening in the story I think she would have tried to help her a lot sooner and made certain things easier.
I really loved seeing Olivers life inside the story and how it was all different then how it was written and how they played out the story while the reader was reading, but when no one was reading the whole story changed and all of the characters had their own lives.
As for Olivers character he seemed nice, but he was also rather naive which was to be expected because he had a very narrow viewpoint of the world, but at times that naivety made him rather annoying because he wanted certain things and was willing to risk everyone else to get those things.
For me what really made me love this story was the side characters in Olivers story. I loved how they all had their own little stories and things they enjoyed doing.
While I did like the ending I wasn't really in love with it and I'm still unsure how Delilah is going to explain certain things. It will be very interesting to read the companion book to this one to see how certain things get worked out.