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Between the Lines Audio Download – Unabridged

3.8 out of 5 stars 114 customer reviews

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Well what can I say? Firstly, Between the Lines is a modern fairy tale. It is about a fifteen year old girl called Delilah who finds a tattered fairy tale book in the school library. She is captivated by the story and reads it over and over again. But all is not as it seems and the characters mainly 'act' out their parts of the tale every time the book is opened. However when it is closed they all go about their own lives which are completely different to the characters' lives eg. Prince Oliver isn't really in love with the heroine, the villain, Rapscullio is actually quite a nice guy, and Queen Maureen isn't really a queen etc. However, one day as Delilah is reading the book yet again, she comes across an illustration which appears different than before. Prince Oliver realizes by this that he may be able to get Delilah's attention, something which he desperately wants as he would like to escape the book and the need to act out a certain script every time someone opens the book. And so Delilah and Oliver begin a quest to help him escape.

I realize this book is obviously popular, going by the high star rating that it has received, so my review may not be popular. I found the characters very two dimensional with no real depth. The book is written from three points of view. Delilah's, Oliver's and chapters of the actual fairy tale. I found the fairy tale itself very lame, and feel that no fifteen year old girl would be as captivated by it as Delilah so obviously seems to be. The writing seems very childish to me, and as others have also said, I fail to see what age group would actually wish to read this book. It is far too child like for teenagers/YA. Seven, eight, nine year olds possibly.
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By Lovely Treez TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 April 2012
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I was intrigued when I first heard about Between the Lines, a collaboration between Jodi Picoult and her sixteen year old daughter, Samantha, aimed at a younger audience. Equally attractive was the idea of fictional characters coming to life, a theme which I loved in Cornelia Funke's Inkheart trilogy and Jasper Fforde's madcap Thursday Next series. I was also keen to see if this would be good enough to join the likes of Cornelia Funke, Sally Gardner and Michelle Harrison and other great writers on my ever expanding TBR pile of future reads for my daughter.

This is quite a light-hearted read with touches of humour along the way. Fifteen year old Delilah is not a typical teenager and her efforts to fit in with her peers usually end up in disaster. Instead of dating in real life, she spends her time immersed in reading her favourite fairy tale, wishing and hoping that she could meet someone just like the fictional hero, Prince Oliver. Well, in this case, wishes do come true but if only the "happily ever after" was as easily attainable - the barrier between fiction and reality is thicker than paper and Delilah has the difficult task of convincing her mother that she isn't certifiable when she stays cocooned in her room, talking to fictional characters.

Jodi Picoult's trademark style of multiple narration is at play here with three separate narrative strands each in a different font, Delilah's story, Oliver's story and the actual text of the fairytale, Between the Lines. The pencil and silhouette illustrations are exquisite and really complement the whole notion of stories as living, breathing entities with characters climbing up the margins and objects made of actual words.
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A charmingly written and beautifully presented novel. The idea for this book came from Samantha, Jodi Picoults daughter and it is quite different to anything Picoult has written herself. This is the story of Delilah, a fifteen year old girl with problems fitting in at school. She turns to books for comfort, her favourite being 'between the lines' a fairytale that captures her imagination. She is drawn to Oliver, the dashing young prince. She discovers that she is able to communicate with him through the book. We also have Oliver's story from this other world, unhappily aware that he is forced to re-live this fairytale over and over again.

This is imaginative, creative and romantic. I can remember being caught up in my favourite stories as a teen and would have loved my favourite character to reach out to me through the book and sweep me off my feet! I read this while recovering from an operation, and it was a perfect choice when having poor concentration and needing something light and happy. My teenage son also enjoyed this! A delightful fantasy for any age, if you like a bit of fairytale magic or the television series 'Once upon a time'.
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This one is a really hard for me to review for its only a three star book review. I didn't hate the book but there was to many things I couldn't over look. Here is the following Positives and Negatives for this book.

Positive: I love the drawings and the idea of the book in the first place. The Kingdom that was created around us. I will keep this for my children to try one day for I believe they should try all kinds of books.

Negatives: Most of the book doesn't make any sense what so ever. An example is below. There is a lot of jumping between the fairytale and Delilah's story. I'm not sure that I like the ending of the book either. There was a lot of moments when I was pulling at my hair wishing that something would happen.

Example of what didn't make sense "one night they ran out the castle together then she is in be in labour? - Some editing mishaps here.

I feel disappointed that I had to give it three stars as I think it could have been an easy 4-5 star book with a little more care.
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