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 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.
This book was performed beautifully. Unfortunately the story itself was a load of rubbish. Background noise worthy at best
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.
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.
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.
A love against all odds.
If you enjoy books about books with strong characters and an original plot then this is the book for you.
Stupid. I kept waiting for the story to begin.
Childish. I expect so much more from Jodi Picoult. Have read every book she's written.
Narrator was good
I want my credit back
Interesting story twist.
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.
The narration was excellent.
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.
I would not get another book from Jodi in this YA venue, but I'm not sorry I used my credit.
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!
I listened to half of the book hoping it would get better but it never delivered. I was disappointed with the ending.
The narrator did a great job. Especially, changing her voide for the different characters.
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.
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