Review: ‘Between the Lines’ by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Between the Lines’ by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van LeerBetween the Lines by Jodi PicoultSamantha van Leer
Published by Simon Pulse on June 26th, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: publisher unsolicited
Delilah, a loner hates school as much as she loves books— one book in particular. In fact if anyone knew how many times she has read and reread the sweet little fairy tale she found in the library, especially her cooler than cool classmates, 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, incredibly handsome) 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 not just a one-dimensional character in a book. He’s 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?

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Not many books have the white paper with colored ink, but I’m so glad this one does because the illustrations are gorgeous. There are also little silhouettes scattered through out the pages to identify important characters, scenes and plot. I love how the colours and typeface are different when it changes from Oliver’s viewpoint to Delilah’s viewpoint.

I love how Oliver wants to be something more than just an actor in a book. He wants to make a difference. To be extraordinary, not ordinary were his words. I love Delilah’s character too. She is a little bit of a loner and doesn’t seems to fit in anywhere, except in her world of books. Most bookworms can relate. I also laughed out loud whenever she would hurt the most popular girl in school, not on purpose, but by accident. Not that the mean girl didn’t deserve it lol.

What an imaginative plot. I love the idea of a characters coming to life and wanting to live in reality. It’s easy to devour this book in one sitting. You want to know if Oliver gets out in the end! And if their love is true as well. Will Delilah do everything in her power to help him? Find out in the mother/daughter duo of Jodi Picoult and Samanta Van Leer. I really hope they write more books together because it’s beautifully written.



As Prince Oliver, I may have been given the gift of life…but I have never been given the chance to live.
Why do you read books, when you could be outside, living a million different adventures every day?
Because you can always count on a book to stay the same. Everything else changes when you least expect it.
I think her flaws make me love her even more. She’s not perfect, but she’s perfect to me.
The author builds a house, but the reader makes it a home.





  1. Cali W.

    July 14, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    My friend read this book and said it was really good and the POV change. I will have to try this book out. 😉

  2. Alyssa

    April 23, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    I have this one sitting on my shelf just itching to be read! You gave me a good push to it. Great review!

  3. Sarah p

    January 26, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    I love Jodi Picoult! Haven’t read this one yet though, will be adding to me TBR list 🙂 Thanks for your review!

  4. Cassi

    January 14, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    Oh. I’m a huge Jodi Picoult fan, but I haven’t read this one yet. Glad to see you liked it!

  5. Cha

    November 20, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    I can’t wait to read this book, a friend said that this is a good book. and thanks for your review, that it really proves that this is a good one 🙂

  6. Gaby

    November 14, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Sounds great! I’ve always had a love for stories that cross the “reality line” and this sounds refreshing and lovely. I confess that although I started out loving Jodi Picoult, I found her books got quite formulaic after a few and won’t read them any more, but this collaboration with her daughter sounds like something fresh and original. Thanks for the review.

  7. Ardo O.

    October 29, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    I really want to read this book. I got it on hold at the library 🙂

  8. Jessica

    October 16, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    I can’t wait to read this book! I keep seeing it at the library but i’m in University double program and I don’t have a lot of time. When I do have time though this’ll be one of the first I pick up! Love your reviews!

  9. Grace Lo

    October 14, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    While I did enjoy Between the Lines very much, it didn’t pack the punch I thought it would. I thought the entire formatting was really cute. (The silhouettes, colours, fonts etc.) Oliver and Delilah I can tell are very admirable characters, but still with flaws that I couldn’t stand. (Oliver’s selfishness, which he later apologizes for and wins back some points; Delilah basically abandoning her entire life for the storybook.) Glad you enjoyed it!

  10. MonaG

    September 19, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Thanks for your review 🙂

    Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read 3 of her books
    and own several others.

    . Nineteen Minutes — 1st one I read and I was hooked
    . My Sister’s Keeper — haven’t seen the movie yet
    . The Pact — saw the made-for-TV movie

    I like her signature style of writing each chapter from a character’s POV. This book uses distinct colors and typeface to differentiate the characters.

    Also, Picoult’s books have memorable quotes. I loved the ones you included in your post.

    Although the characters in Picoult’s novels are often young adults, she’s not categorized as an YA author. I’m glad she’s foraying into this genre too. Another favorite author of mine, Harlan Coben, has recently started writing YA novels as well.

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  12. Krystianna

    July 10, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    I’ve heard many good things about this one. I’m happy to hear that it is written on white paper-I love it when books are like that! Especially with illustrations. Thank you so much for the review! I’m glad to know that it received a 5/5.

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