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Between the Lines | [Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer]

Between the Lines

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.
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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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    Sharon San Francisco Bay Area 07-04-12
    Sharon San Francisco Bay Area 07-04-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Not YA, this is a children's story"

    I am about 75 percent of the way through this book and I don't know if I can stand to listen to the rest of it. I am far from a YA but as a mom I have read lots of YA novels my kids have brought home, and many of them have been really good. This one is not. It is a children's fairy tale. If you like children's fairy tales perhaps you will enjoy it, but it definitely doesn't have what I was hoping for from Jodi Picoult.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Hayley 07-10-12
    Hayley 07-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointing"

    This book was performed beautifully. Unfortunately the story itself was a load of rubbish. Background noise worthy at best

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    edel Ireland 07-08-12
    edel Ireland 07-08-12

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    "Between The Lines"
    What made the experience of listening to Between the Lines the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed how original the plot was. I had read books about books before but this was a fresh twist. It was lovely imagining that if this was really possible in real life all the characters in books that could come alive and that you could talk to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Between the Lines?

    When Delilah speaks to Prince Oliver for the very first time. Delilah does not have that many friends and when she speaks to Oliver it is nice watching their friendship//relationship develop.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The female narrator is wonderful she brings out the vulnerable side of Delilah while the male narrator brings out the confidence that is in Oliver.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A love against all odds.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy books about books with strong characters and an original plot then this is the book for you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alexander Louisville, KY, United States 07-04-12
    Alexander Louisville, KY, United States 07-04-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Don't waste your credit"
    What disappointed you about Between the Lines?

    Stupid. I kept waiting for the story to begin.


    What was most disappointing about Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer ’s story?

    Childish. I expect so much more from Jodi Picoult. Have read every book she's written.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was good


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

    All


    Any additional comments?

    I want my credit back

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne 10-20-12
    Jeanne 10-20-12
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    "Cute for young girls. Not for Jodi Picoult fans."
    If you could sum up Between the Lines in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting story twist.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer ? Why or why not?

    I am a big Jodi Picoult fan and I got this book because of her. If you are looking for a book with her typical insight into unusual social issues you will be disappointed. This is a cute story but not a typical Jodi book.
    I almost quit in the beginning because it was a silly "Disney" type story. I'm glad I kept listening. The characters developed and I enjoyed the story in the end. It is definitely designed for VERY young girls, but I enjoyed it like a bit of sweetness for a change.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narration was excellent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I usually listen at 1.5 speed. I could listen to this at 2.0 or 3.0 so it made it a quick listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not get another book from Jodi in this YA venue, but I'm not sorry I used my credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gloryann JASONVILLE, IN, United States 06-29-14
    Gloryann JASONVILLE, IN, United States 06-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Bored !"
    What would have made Between the Lines better?

    Pretty much ANYTHING..... this story is soooooo boring I fell asleep 3 times in the first 5 pages.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Alpine, UT, United States 03-27-14
    Michele Alpine, UT, United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't get this just because you like Jodi Picoult"

    Ok - I love Jodi Picoult's books, they make me think! I have loved every single one except the very first one she wrote (Song of the Humpback Whale) - HUH????
    Anyways, I love all the rest of her books and purchased this one thinking that this was another sure deal and a good book. I think Jodi was just trying to help her daughter Samantha Van Leer with book sales. If you have a child who would like to listen to a fairytale romance, this might work for her. I would never recommend for an adult or teenager to read this book. Boring and slow!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erica 12-29-12
    Erica 12-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The ending was disappointing."
    What did you like best about Between the Lines? What did you like least?

    I listened to half of the book hoping it would get better but it never delivered. I was disappointed with the ending.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator did a great job. Especially, changing her voide for the different characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    amber LEANDER, TX, United States 10-23-12
    amber LEANDER, TX, United States 10-23-12
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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...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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