Jan 2, 2014

Book Review | Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

Between the Lines

Author: Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
Published: June 26, 2013 by Simon & Schuster

Have you ever thought that what if the characters in the stories we've been reading have their own thoughts, one that wasn't written in the book? What if they have their own lives once you've closed the book? What if those characters can hear and see us? What if they actually exist and not only in our minds?

Delilah Eve McPhee is a loner and a social outcast in her school after she caused an incident that involves the head cheerleader and a broken leg. Her only ally is her best friend, but Delilah started to avoid her after she discovered a fairy tale that is appropriate for the children, not for fifteen-year-old girls like her. One day, Delilah finds out that there’s more to the words and illustrations of the fairy tale book. Moreover, she discovers that the young handsome prince is real, and she is the only one who can see and talk to him. But things get complicated between the two of them, as they found themselves falling for each other. They would do anything just to feel each other, but how far would they go just to do that?

Between the Lines is one of a kind book, and it awakens the fan-girl feels inside of me. It’s hard to find a book with a plot such as this, where the reader and the character in the book falls in love with each other. The book is divided into three perspectives: Delilah’s, Oliver’s and the third person, which is what actually happens in the fairy tale book (and its title is *drum rolls* Between the Lines).

However, what bothered me while reading the book was the third P.O.V, which was the part where we get the chance of actually reading the fairy tale itself. It kind of takes away the oomph of the story. All I want to do was to skip it and go right ahead to read the next chapter. Besides, Oliver gets to tell some parts of the fairy tale, the important ones, at some point in the novel.

Nevertheless, the anticipation of what would happen next between Delilah and Oliver will make you all giddy and excited. The romance between the two of them was sweet and simply wow, because it doesn't happen every day that you could talk to the characters, much more a prince in your favorite book.

Between the Lines will awaken that *fan girl feels* inside of you. If you've been crazy enough with the other fictional characters, reading this book will make you even crazier because there’s no doubt that you will want what happened to Delilah. Between the Lines is what readers would want for them and their favorite fictional character/s to happen.

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