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
"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)
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!
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.
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...
I am an elementary teacher with a 30 minute commute each way!
I love Jodi Picoult, but this was not her style.
I like the way the narrators changed for each chapter. Each character had their own voice.
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.
I am currently into science-fiction, fantasy and non-fiction about the universe and psychology.
If I were a child I would have definitely had a 4-5 star listening experience.
I would recommend this to my friends' kids.
The male narrators were pretty good, can't say the same for the female.
I would cut any scene with the dog/boy, but I think kids might find him awesome.
This isn't a bad book, just a bit misrepresented.
I was expecting a typical Jodi Picoult novel. This fell far short.
Warned the reader it was more appropriate for a very young girl.
She was fine.
It wasn't too long.
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.
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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