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Between the Lines Audiobook

Between the Lines

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Publisher's Summary

For her first-ever YA novel, #1 New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult collaborates with her teenage daughter Samantha van Leer on an exhilarating work of cross-generational appeal.

A story of romance, adventure, and humor, Between the Lines features high-schooler and social outsider Delilah, who discovers a charming fairy tale in the school library and can’t resist turning to it again and again. But one day she finds the book has hidden depths—and that the story’s handsome prince has somehow stepped from the page into her very own world.

©2012 Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer (P)2012 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"A compulsively readable charmer. The teen dialogue and interior monologues feel authentic, while Picoult’s practiced hand balances humor with larger issues such as abandonment, hope, and existential quandaries related to fate and human nature. Both silhouette and pencil drawings abound; characters climb in and around the text to excellent effect. Younger readers and their parents will appreciate the gentle, wholesome romance, with nary a shred of paranormal action. The tender, positive tone and effective pacing that builds to a satisfying finish will inspire readers to pass the book to a friend—or reread it themselves." (Booklist)

"A clever YA romance about the magical relationship between a loner and her fictional “Prince Charming.” Elements from Picoult’s other novels—alternating character viewpoints with distinguishing fonts, snappy chapter endings—are present, and the story is peppered with pop culture references to The Hunger Games, the Kindle Fire, and the X-Men, as well as comic relief in the form of characters like a talking horse that thinks it has a weight problem. Readers...will be swept up by the romantic premise." (Publishers Weekly)

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    C 04-08-16
    C 04-08-16 Member Since 2011
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    "I loved it!!!"

    I don't think you would like this from young adult up but I have listened to this story 100 times and it has never let me down.It is not like Normal Jodi Picoult but it's refreshing

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    Darlene Ginsburg Upstate NY 06-03-15
    Darlene Ginsburg Upstate NY 06-03-15 Member Since 2009

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    "Forced to read"

    I quickly downloaded this book thinking it was the traditional type book written by this author. I was heading out on a long car ride & had no other book to listen to. I'm glad I listened- I really enjoyed this book & hope they're planning a sequel!

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    Sir Prince Kansas 05-03-15
    Sir Prince Kansas 05-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Magical!"

    Very delightful! Very cute! This book was very well written. Everyone needs a good fairytale! Can't wait for the next book!

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    Diane Morris, CT, United States 10-29-12
    Diane Morris, CT, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Just okay..."
    Would you try another book from Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer and/or the narrators?

    Probably not


    Has Between the Lines turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Oh no... I'm a high school teacher so I read lots but I don't think this has much appeal for young adults or older adults.


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    amber LEANDER, TX, United States 10-23-12
    amber LEANDER, TX, United States 10-23-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Duped."

    I bought this book as soon as it came out because I love Jodi Picoult and I have never been disappointed with one of her books. When I bought it, the book was unreviewed because it had just come out. I had no idea that her teenage daughter had written it. I guess this story would be delightful for a pre-teen girl...

    I tried twice to read it because I hate to waste a credit and sometimes books do improve...
    The first time I tried to read it was when I first bought it. I got to the beginning of chapter 2 and put it away... I had a ton of books that I would rather have been reading. I ran out of credits 2 days ago and I decided that before I would buy another pack, I would make a point to finish any unfinished books. One of the books turned out to be a delightful surprise. I thought that maybe this one would surprise me as well. I put aside all of my earlier reservations and delved in.

    This one just kept getting worse.
    This last time I got about halfway through the story before I quit in disgust.

    Do not waste a credit on this story. Jodi Picoult.... shame on you for putting your name first. I was a loyal listener but I will never make that mistake again.

    I wish I could get my credit back... not to mention the time I spent listening. So frustrating...

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    Amanda WILMINGTON, NC, United States 10-11-12
    Amanda WILMINGTON, NC, United States 10-11-12

    I am an elementary teacher with a 30 minute commute each way!

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    "Definitely for young adults!"
    Would you try another book from Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer and/or the narrators?

    I love Jodi Picoult, but this was not her style.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I like the way the narrators changed for each chapter. Each character had their own voice.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was much more fantasy that I imagined Jodi Picoult could write. I stuck with it to hear the end, but only because I know her endings involve great twists.

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    Anjelique Desoto, TX, United States 10-04-12
    Anjelique Desoto, TX, United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2011

    I am currently into science-fiction, fantasy and non-fiction about the universe and psychology.

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    "Not the usual Picoult greatness"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If I were a child I would have definitely had a 4-5 star listening experience.


    Would you recommend Between the Lines to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this to my friends' kids.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The male narrators were pretty good, can't say the same for the female.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Between the Lines?

    I would cut any scene with the dog/boy, but I think kids might find him awesome.


    Any additional comments?

    This isn't a bad book, just a bit misrepresented.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 09-21-12
    Rebecca 09-21-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Perfect for a young teen girl... only"
    What disappointed you about Between the Lines?

    I was expecting a typical Jodi Picoult novel. This fell far short.


    What could Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Warned the reader it was more appropriate for a very young girl.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    She was fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It wasn't too long.


    Any additional comments?

    No thanks....

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    James Waynesboro, VA, United States 09-03-12
    James Waynesboro, VA, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2008
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    "There may be a new author in the making"

    When I first bought this book; I thought it would be a normal Picoult book. A bit of a surprise when I heard that she co-wrote this with her daughter and for a young adult group. So, I adjusted my level of thinking with this book. The storyline was very clever. It kept me thinking throughout the book as to how she would manage to get the Prince out of the book. Or would the girl learn a rough lesson. For a young author, I think she has the potential to be as good as her mother.

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    Karen Opelika, AL, United States 08-04-12
    Karen Opelika, AL, United States 08-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not what I'd hoped for..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It's really my fault! I saw "Picoult" & jumped to listen w/o even reading the synopsis. That's how much I love her stories. Definitely for young readers. I like her usual style. This story was cute, but not for me....Looking forward to her future, more thought-provoking, books.


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