Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

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RATING: 4/5

BLURB: “Delilah knows it’s weird, but she can’t stop reading her favourite fairy tale. Other girls her age are dating and cheerleading. But then, other girls are popular.She loves the comfort of the happy ending, and knowing there will be no surprises. Until she gets the biggest surprise of all, when Prince Oliver looks out from the page and speaks to her.
Now Delilah must decide: will she do as Oliver asks, and help him to break out of the book? Or is this her chance to escape into happily ever after?”

REVIEW:

Okay, so I haven’t read any YA fiction for a while, but I’m really glad I read this. The plotline may sound quite simple, even childish – which is understandable, considering the fact that the main character’s life revolves around a fairytale – but this book really spoke to me. It’s perfect for people like me – if you’ve ever wanted to escape into your favourite book, or fallen in love with a fictional character and desperately wished that he (or she) were real, then this book is perfect for you too. It’s pure escapism, and a quick, easy read. Delilah is a likeable, relatable character, especially to the target audience of the book – daydreamy, lonely, living in a fantasy world. Prince Oliver presents interesting questions for the reader about books and their characters, as does Delilah’s meeting with the author of Oliver’s story, Jessamyn Jacobs. The plot twist at the end was excellently done, as the reader spends the entire book hoping and praying for Delilah and Oliver to finally be allowed to meet and exist in the same world – and of course, with it’s fairytale structure, the book has to have a happy ending: but not in the way readers might expect.

I would definitely recommend this book to any young bookworm, dreamer or escapist, as the book deals with these themes and gives the sense that there are millions of other people out there who feel exactly the same.

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