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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Karen
  • Opelika, AL, United States
  • 08-04-12

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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  • Susan
  • Glens Falls, NY, United States
  • 07-29-12

An easy, fun read!

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

This was written in several levels, which made it intriguing. One level involved a girl who was reading the story and another involved the characters in the story who have lives apart from what is written in the story. Then there was what happened when the two intersected...

What other book might you compare Between the Lines to and why?

I don't know of any other like this.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The performance helped to draw me into the story...and laugh out loud sometimes. I have had some training in voice overs and narration, so I can appreciate some of what it takes.

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  • Shirlene
  • East Grand Forks, MN, United States
  • 07-24-12

Definitley a teen read.

Would you try another book from Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer and/or the narrators?

Not if it was listed as a Young Adult book.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I will continue to read Jodi Picoult. I have read everything she has written. I like some better than others, but never one I didn't like.

Which scene was your favorite?

This book is Fantasy. I am a senior, and it is just not my read.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

I would like to see Jodi to continue on the path of her previous books.

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  • Joel
  • Armidale, Australia
  • 07-23-12

Teenage crap. Dont bother.

This was written for a teenage audience. As a big fan of Jodi I was exteremely disappointed. Couldnt be bothered to finish it in the end.

It was bad enough to almost sour me on Jodi all together.

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too stupid to even finish

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

maybe a third grader on psychotic medication

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

The whole thing

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

None. I simply turned it off after three hours of listening

Any additional comments?

I've listened to Jodi Picoult before, this book is NOT up to her standards.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Barbara
  • Calgary, AB, Canada
  • 07-23-12

Not the jodi Picoult I Know

Would you try another book from Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer and/or the narrators?

No - only only written by Picoult herself

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

Yes

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment - couldn't even finish it

Any additional comments?

I think the only reason her daughter was published with Jody is Jody was the mother - otherwise it would be still on her desk or filed under G

0 of 1 people found this review helpful