Between the Lines
Written by: Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
# of pages: 352
Average Rating: 3.50/5
My Rating: 3/5
Read in January 2014
Summary according to goodreads
Delilah, a loner hates school as much as she loves books— one book in particular. In fact if anyone knew how many times she has read and reread the sweet little fairy tale she found in the library, especially her cooler than cool classmates, she’d be sent to social Siberia forever.To Delilah, though, this fairy tale is more than just words on the page. Sure, there’s a handsome (well, okay, incredibly handsome) prince, and a castle, and an evil villain, but it feels as if there’s something deeper going on. And one day, Delilah finds out there is. Turns out, this Prince Charming is not just a one-dimensional character in a book. He’s real, and a certain fifteen-year-old loner has caught his eye. But they’re from two different worlds, and how can it ever possibly work?
As a passionate reader, I can see where Delilah was coming from with her obsession for the book, but this definitely isn't a realistic contemporary. I don't mean that in the way of a character in a story coming to life, but that her un-licensed 15 year old friend would drive somewhere four hours away for her.
However, I liked the concept of the story, and I think it is just a simple cute story. Having the two perspectives along with mixing in the actual fairy tale, made the story much more interesting. I also loved that the persectives and fairy tale were written in different coloured font. The pictures that were included before each chapter about the actual fairy tale were gorgeous! There were also little black and white clip art pictures throughout the story, which made reading it a lot more fun.
This book was really cute, but it took me a long time to read. I had put this book down and I couldn't find the interest to pick up again, but eventually I did and the ending was decent. I would categorize this novel more as upper middle grade than young adult, because the writing was very simple, and it wasn't the attention-grabbing. I found some flaws in the plot, questions I had that were never answered, and spelling errors.