Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Between the Lines, by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer

Barnes & Noble

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.

What I liked about this book:
  1. The premise: a character in a novel who is real? Score! It's not something I've seen before, so I was immediately intrigued. 
  2. The author: I love Jodi Picoult. I think it's fantastic that her daughter is following in her footsteps.
  3. The audio: all three of the voice artists embodied their characters. Whomever did the casting picked the right people.
  4. The ending: totally cracked me up! Definitely the funniest part of the story.

What I didn't like:

  1. It felt like the story dragged on until approximately 80% of the way through. I don't know if it's just because the pacing in the audiobook was a bit slower than I'm used to, but I wanted to cut out about an hour of listening time. It felt much longer than the seven CDs. This was enough of an annoyance that I knocked a whole star off of this review.

I usually listen to Jodi Picoult's novels, but I will likely read the print versions of anything that she and her daughter publish in the future. 

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