Audio Book Review | Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

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Audio Book Review | Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van LeerBetween the Lines
by Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer
Narrated by : Nick Cordero, Robert Ian MacKenzie, Suzy Jackson
Series: Between the Lines #1
Published by Recorded Books
Release date : June 23rd, 2015 (first published June 26th 2012)
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
Source: The Publisher | Format: Audiobook
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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.
A romantic and charming story, this companion novel to Off the Page will make every reader believe in the fantastical power of fairy tales.

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Take:

I am no stranger to YA – obviously. And there isn’t just one thing about the genre that keeps me coming back. But every so often, I find clear-cut evidence that I am not the target audience in this genre, and while these books are still well written and just overall, great stories, it’s hard for me to really enjoy it based on that.

Between the Lines, is one of those books.

What caught my eye about this book is the sole originally of the story. Imagine characters in ALL the books you read, are real people, playing out the story because that is their role. But when the book is closed, they live a different life. And what if one of those characters wants out? THIS, was my favorite aspect of the story.

Oliver plays the role of the prince in the fairy tale Between the Lines. Delilah, the character in the “real world” has more or less fallen in love with Oliver’s story and feels a deep connection to him. When they first start talking, she realizes that a lot of what she thought about Oliver was wrong, but connects with him on a different level. They work together to find a way to bring him out of the book into her world. Not only that, we also get the fairy tale story that Oliver is apart of, and while I find this necessary to see what it is about the story that made Delilah fall in love with, it was quite boring and one I wished was skipped.

Between all the different POVs in the story, Oliver’s was my favorite. I felt he had more depth to his character (haha punny) and looked forward to his POV more often than not. Delilah’s character is quite immature to me, but fits the story and her age and is solely personal preference.

This is my first Jodi Picoult novel, so it’s hard for me to gauge just how much influence she had in it or if the majority was her daughter. Either way, the writing is engaging. It’s cute, entertaining and easy to read. But for someone who loves deep connections to the characters, I had some slight disconnect from the story as a whole. Like I said, Between the Lines reads to its target audience, YA and one could even say it reads to younger YA.

I didn’t have the benefit of seeing all the illustrations, which saddens me. But I will be going back to look at them.

The Narrators

I loved that each POV got its own narrator. I did favor Oliver’s POV for his character, but I do think the narrator nailed his character. Really, they all did and the execution of the story as a whole was wonderful. I will be looking for more stories narrated by each one in the future.

Overall – Between the Lines was an original, fun and cute story and one many readers will fall in love with. While I did enjoy parts of it, I felt it read too young for me, personally.. I have doubts about reading the sequel, but I have yet to make up my mind. Either way, if you are looking for something different in the vast sea of YA, I recommend this one.

 

Rating Report
Plot
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Writing
One StarOne StarOne Star
Characters
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Romance
One StarOne Star
Overall: 3.1

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  • Have you read Between the Lines? If so, what did you think?
  • If not, does it sound like something you’d enjoy?

 

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9 responses to “Audio Book Review | Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

  1. Lola

    I picked this book up for very cheap once, for the exact reason as you mentioned, namely the originality of the plot. I have read a few other reviews who didn’t like it as much, so I kinda lost my motivation to read the book now. Like you said I also like YA, but some books just feel too young. On the other hand I do enjoy MG even though that’s even younger, but too young YA often doesn’t work for me. It does sound fun and I am glad there were also parts you liked. Great review!
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  2. Trish @ Between My Lines

    I love the theme of this book and I’ve very nearly picked it up a few times. But something is just holding me back, I think maybe it’s that I often don’t like books that were written by two authors. I know what you mean about YA, it hits me like that sometimes too.
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