Internationally bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer team up to create a story about a girl who crosses the border between reality and fantasy in a perilous search for her own happy ending.
What happens when happily ever after ... isn't? Delilah hates school as much as she loves books. In fact, there's one book in particular she can't get enough of. If anyone knew how many times she has read and re-read the sweet little fairy tale she found in the library, especially the popular kids, 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, hot) 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 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?
Together with her daughter Samantha van Leer, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult has written a classic fairy tale with a uniquely modern twist.
About the Authors
Jodi Picoult is the author of eighteen novels, including the no. 1 New York Times bestsellers House Rules, Handle With Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister's Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.
Samantha van Leer is a junior in high school, who conceived the idea for this book and pitched it to her mum while she was in the middle of a book tour. In her spare time, she can be found playing softball, doing contemporary dance, acting and singing in musicals, and cuddling on the ground with her two dogs, Dudley and Oliver - for whom the prince in this fairytale was named.
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Prolific and bestselling author Picoult teams up with her teenage daughter to pen a clever YA romance about the magical relationship between a loner and her fictional “Prince Charming.” Imagine 15-year-old Delilah McPhee’s surprise when she starts to have a conversation with Prince Oliver, the hero of a fairy tale she adores. From Oliver she learns that characters in a story lead very different lives when a book is shut—in Oliver’s “reality,” the story’s villain is actually a butterfly aficionado, and Oliver has no interest in his betrothed, Seraphima. Elements from Picoult’s other novels—alternating character viewpoints with distinguishing fonts, snappy chapter endings—are present, and the story is peppered with pop culture references to The Hunger Games, the Kindle Fire, and the X-Men, as well as comic relief in the form of characters like a talking horse that thinks it has a weight problem. The reason given for Delilah’s obsession with the fairy tale—like her, Oliver grew up without a father—is weak, but that’s unlikely to trouble readers who will be swept up by the romantic premise. Ages 12–up. Agent: Laura Gross, Laura Gross Literary Agency. (June)
Fairy tales are just that: tales. But the characters in Between The Lines have their own lives when the book is closed. Oliver longs to escape his prescribed existence in the book, and Delilah is obsessed with Oliver's book. She reads it constantly because she feels a connection with Oliver since he too grew up without his father. One day Oliver realizes that Delilah can hear him, and they strike up a friendship. The two long to find a way for Oliver to leave the book. The first attempts backfire when only words will leave the book and every time the book is shut everything starts back at square one. Delilah's mother begins to think something is wrong because Delilah will not stop reading this fairy tale and is talking to the book. In a last-ditch effort, Delilah travels to the author's house to see if she can find a way to safely remove Oliver from the book. Picoult and her daughter, Van Leer, have created a multilayered universe where what is real is in the eye of the beholder. All at once, the reader is in the fairy tale, in the world of the book when it is closed, and outside the book. Delilah and Oliver allow the reader to suspend their realities and hope that Oliver finds a way to live outside his predestined world and be with the girl of his dreams. Reviewer: Barbara Allen
In her first foray into teen fiction, Picoult and her co-author daughter deliver an enjoyable, metafictive twist on the traditional teen-romance novel. Delilah is a 15-year-old, self-professed loner who would rather have her head buried in a book than gossip about boys or play fashion police in the halls between classes. But it's not just any book that Delilah wants to lose herself in; it's an obscure fairy tale called Between the Lines with a dashing young prince who literally comes to life before her very eyes. Prince Oliver is equally captivated with Delilah, and the two embark on a quest to find a way and a world in which they can finally be together. Told from Delilah and Oliver's alternating points of view, this take on the traditional star-crossed-lovers tale will make for a light read for those preteens and early teens who aren't looking for more mature, emotionally complex love stories. Book lovers in particular are likely to get a kick out of the blurring of the lines between character and reader, fact and fiction. Periodic illustrations from the fairy tale Between the Lines function well as reminders of Oliver's fictive "reality," but others, too closely resembling clip art, are distracting and out of place. Fizzy fairy-tale fun. (Fantasy. 9-13)
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 11 - 15 years old
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st July 2012
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.5
Weight (kg): 0.444