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.
Just like Delilah, I’m a bit of a loner who prefers to spend my time with my head in a book. So, when I first saw the synopsis, I knew I had to read the story and find out what happens to Delilah.
I like that the story is a fantasy. I find it refreshing to learn that Prince Oliver can think beyond his role in his tale and have a desire to live a life outside of the book that he’s in. The tale that Oliver is in is quite amusing on its own. There are mermaids, trolls, fairies, wizard and dragon, and the journey to rescue the beautiful princess is filled with challenges that cannot be resolved through sword fighting. I can totally see why Delilah felt captivated by the tale the first time she read it. I was fascinated by it too! 🙂
I appreciate how the book is organized. Since the story is shared by Delilah and Oliver, I get to read and understand why both characters feel trapped in their own lives. I also get to know why they want changes and how much they’re willing to look for ways to make these changes happen. As the story progresses, it’s very interesting for me to see how the realities of Delilah and Oliver merge in a way that Oliver appears to be more and more three-dimensional when Delilah has her moments of crossing-over and becomes a two-dimensional character. I like that what’s real and what’s make-believe can no longer be something that is well-defined. It’s truly an amazing fantasy that Picoult and her daughter are bringing us.
Although the ending felt a little rushed and too-good-to-be-true, I still had a great time enjoying the book. Entertaining and imaginative, Between the Lines is a story that makes me feel sweet, uplifted and happy. If you love books that have colorful illustration included, you must grab a copy and check out the gorgeous pictures inside. (Note: these pictures are also included in the electronic versions. If you use an e-reader with e-ink technology, you’ll still see them but they’ll be in black-and-white. But if you open the e-book on a tablet or computer, you’ll see how colorful the pictures are. They are stunningly gorgeous!!)