Oct 092013
Review: Between the LinesBetween the Lines by Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer
Narrated by: Nick Cordero, Robert Ian MacKenzie, Suzy Jackson
Published by Recorded Books on Jun 26, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Format: Audiobook from Library
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

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.

This was a fun and sweet fairy tale. Told from both Delilah and Oliver’s viewpoints, with inserts from Oliver’s fairy tale, this was a young YA story that was a delight to read.

The story was a bit oversimplistic for older YA or adult readers, but I found it a sweet escape into an easily enjoyable story. Delilah is an average book loving introvert who finds comfort in reading. Oliver is a restless teenage boy whow wants more than just a fairy tale life. Together, they are striving to make their own happy ending.

I listened to the audiobook version, and it was very enjoyable. There were different narrators for Delilah and Oliver, making it easy to tell them apart. It also leant more personality to the characters than if it was the same narrator. Both voices fit the characters, although the voice of Oliver seemed a touch too old for the character. The flow was smooth, and the narration helped heighten the sense of a fairy tale.

Overall, this was a fun story that seems aimed at younger YA readers who love a good fairy tale. It was a delightful story where happy endings aren’t the end of the story, but are just the beginning. This may be nothing like a usual Jodi Picoult story, but it was a good read anyway.

  2 Responses to “Review: Between the Lines”

  1. I enjoyed this one too; I’d imagined the audiobook to be just as wonderful – maybe even more so. Of course, the narrators must have accents? Yes? No? 🙂

    Glad you loved it, Sarah!

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