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    Creative Storyline

    I love, love, love the concept of this story. From the first page of Jodi Picoult’s note, I was incredibly intrigued and excited to start my journey through this novel. Just the story behind the story is intriguing: high school daughter of bestselling author comes up with unique and creative storyline and so mother and daughter spend hours upon hours over weekends and holidays writing the book together. Fantastic! I love it! Immediately, I notice that this book has colours in it – something you don’t see very often in non-children’s books. As I delved deeper into the book, I saw that the colours continue and – omg! – the chapters are colour-coded! Call me a nerd, but I love to colour-code things. So, of course, this excites me right away. It’s also just fun to see coloured text in a book. I find myself very excited to be reading this book for these very silly reasons. 😛 Throughout the book, there are also illustrated pages and little illustrated images beside some of the text. The ones beside the text I found a bit distracting and took away from the book a bit (and I think maybe these are a bit overkill with already having the full illustrated pages, plus the colours – maybe a bit too much?). However, it definitely adds a unique quality to the book. We don’t normally see any of these things in our every day reading. I find the chapters of the actual fairytale story irrelevant. I like the idea of including them in the book – a story within a story – but I can’t help but wish they weren’t there when reading. Whenever I’m reading one of these chapters, I’m itching to get it over with so I can continue the book’s main storyline. The main story was great. A very unique concept and written well. I’m glad Jodi Picoult and her daughter, Samantha van Leer, decided to create this novel together. They did a good job. The romance in this book is easy to get on board with. However, it is a bit cheesy at times and it wasn’t the kind of romance that gave me feels. Of course, I was rooting for the couple to find a way to be together, but it didn’t take me much farther than that. I’m interested in checking out the companion novel, Off the Page. I’m also curious to see if Samantha van Leer will follow in her mother’s footsteps and pursue a career as a novelist. We shall see…
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    Awesome!

    Jodi never ceases to amaze me with her writing style and although this story was drastically different than her usual plots it was just as magical and thought provoking as ever. A must read!
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    Interesting

    Makes you anxious on how the characters were going to solve the problem but didn't quite like the ending. Feels like there's something missing.
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    4 stars

    Between the Lines introduces us to our main character Delilah, a fifteen-year-old high-schooler who discovers a very special fairy tale tucked away in the shelves of her school's library. One day, the heroic prince in the fairy tale, Oliver, starts talking to Delilah. That's right, she can hear him talking, and he tells her his biggest desire – to leave the book. Written by Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer, this story asks a very interesting question – what happens to the characters in our favorite books when the pages are closed? I LOVED this idea. We all wish that our favorite characters could come to life, and this book takes that idea and runs with it. While it is technically advertised as a YA read, it really felt a little bit younger and more juvenile to me. I don't mean that in a bad way; I still really enjoyed this read, but it is very fluffy and cute and pretty much like reading a Disney princess movie. So if you want a fantastical fairy tale that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy, pick this up and give it a try. The one thing that concerns me about Between the Lines and it's companion novel, Off the Page (just recently released May 19, 2015) is the presence (or lack thereof) of the side characters. The side characters that existed in Oliver's fairy tale world were really what made this story for me. Sure, Oliver's quest to escape into the real world was entertaining, but what really got me were his fairy tale friends – from an orthodontist pirate to a horse concerned with his waistline, from a dragon with braces to feminist mermaids. They were what made this story so special for me. I loved getting to see what they were up to when the Reader closed the book and they didn't have to play their fairy tale roles anymore. Unfortunately, the entire existence of Off the Page is pretty much a spoiler for Between the Lines. Off the Page tells the story of Oliver's adventures in the real world, and I am worried that once he leaves the pages of his book behind, we won't see his fairy tale friends in the next installment. The twist at the end of Between the Lines was very interesting, and left me with some questions that I am hoping are addressed in Off the Page. I will definitely be picking up the next book to see what happens to our characters, but I will be very disappointed if Off the Page just focuses on Delilah and Oliver. All in all, I thought Between the Lines was pretty awesome. Definitely a very light and fluffy read, but by the end I was really rooting for Oliver and all of his friends. Totally worth picking up if you enjoy fairy tales or just fun, quick, light-hearted reads.
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    Amazing

    What I twisted on a regular story I have never seen or read a book like it or similar. The characters really 'reach' out to you;-)
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