Between the Lines

By Jodi Picoult; Samantha van Leer
(EMILY BESTLER BOOKS/ATRIA/SIMON PULSE, Hardcover, 9781451635751, 368pp.)

Publication Date: June 26, 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Description

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her teenage daughter present their first-ever novel for teens, filled with romance, adventure, and humor.

What happens when happily ever after…isn’t?
     Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.
     And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.
     Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale.




About the Author

Jodi Picoult is the author of eighteen novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers House Rules, Handle With Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her at JodiPicoult.com.

Samantha van Leer
is a junior in high school. She conceived the idea for this book and pitched it to her mom, who was in the middle of a book tour. In her spare time, Samantha can be found playing softball, doing contemporary dance, acting and singing in musicals, and cuddling on the ground with her two dogs, Dudley and Oliver—for whom the prince in this fairy tale was named.




Praise For Between the Lines

"A compulsively readable charmer. The teen dialogue and interior monologues feel authentic, while Picoulte(TM)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 friende"or reread it themselves." --Booklist

"A clever YA romance about the magical relationship between a loner and her fictional eoePrince Charming.e Elements from Picoulte(TM)s other novelse"alternating character viewpoints with distinguishing fonts, snappy chapter endingse"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

"Picoult and her coauthor daughter deliver an enjoyable, metafictive twist on the traditional teen-romance novel.... Book lovers in particular are likely to get a kick out of the blurring of the lines between character and reader, fact and fiction.... Fizzy fairy-tale fun." --Kirkus Reviews

"Picoult and her daughter, Van Leer, have created a multilayered universe where what is real is in the eye of the beholder." --VOYA


"Engagingly written...a fun romp that fans of both fairy tales and teen romance will enjoy." --Shelf Awareness for Readers

eoeBetween the Linese is a romance between a girl and a boy, but even more, ite(TM)s a love letter to the visceral bond between a reader and a musty, beloved book.... The fictional eoeBetween the Linese is funny and unexpected...and ite(TM)s fascinating to watch the authors address the problem of what it would be like to live not just in a story, but in a physical book..."  --The Washington Post

eoeBetween the Linese is a romance between a girl and a boy, but even more, ite(TM)s a love letter to the visceral bond between a reader and a musty, beloved book.... The fictional eoeBetween the Linese is funny and unexpected...and ite(TM)s fascinating to watch the authors address the problem of what it would be like to live not just in a story, but in a physical book..."  --The Washington Post

"An exceedingly clever concept that would be challenging to pull off, if not for the deep understanding of character, plot and pacing provided by Picoult... Conceptually, "Between the Lines" is reminiscent of the "Toy Story" movies... An exploration of the nature of escapism that asks whether reality is any more real than make-believe, "Between the Lines" will delight readers of all ages whose imaginations willfully blur that distinction."
--Los Angeles Times




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