For readers for traditional Picoult please think carefully before diving into this one, this story is like nothing Jodi Picoult has ever written before and that is because this time she teamed up with her daughter to write. Samantha Van Leer is the original creator of the idea for Between the Lines but she asked her mother for help.
The story is most definitely created for the young adult market but because it has Picoult on the cover this fact isn’t immediately obvious. The fact that the book is littered with pictures is a give away and so is the plot. Between the Lines is about a lonely 16-year-old girl who cannot stop reading her favorite fairy tale, Delilah knows she is silly reading a children’s book until the main character starts to talk to her! The story tells the reader of how when a book is closed the characters are free to live their own lives and that they only act out the story when the book is open, Prince Oliver from the fairy tale Delilah is reading wants to get out of the book and he want her help. Can Delilah help Oliver without everyone thinking she is crazy and will helping him be the happily ever after that she so craves.
Even though it is a book for young adults I found the book completely charming, who doesn’t love a happy ending, however old you are? The book is told from three perspectives, Delilah’s, Oliver’s and the Book that Oliver is trapped in. I would say readers of a good fairy tale or watchers of Disney movies would enjoy this book but if you are a hard-core Picoult fan then I would give this a wide berth.