Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer Review

Jodi Picoult, Samantha van Leer

Yvonne Gilbert

Publication Date:
June 26, 2012

Simon & Schuster Canada

Hardcover, 368 pages

CAD $22.99

A copy was provided by Simon and Schuster Canada for review! Thanks!


New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her teenage daughter present their first-ever novel for teens, filled with romance, adventure, and humor.

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.

About The Author

Jodi Picoult grew up in Nesconset, New York. Picoult wrote her first story at age 5, entitled “The Lobster Which Misunderstood”. She studied writing at Princeton University, and graduated in 1987 with a degree in creative writing. She published two short stories in Seventeen magazine while still in college. Immediately after graduation, she landed a variety of jobs, ranging from editing textbooks to teaching eighth-grade English. She earned a master’s degree in education from Harvard University. and a master’s degree in education from Harvard. She is a bestselling author of fifteen novels. Her latest one, number 16, entitled Handle With Care, is sure to become a best seller as well. Most recently she wrote five issues of the Wonder Woman comic book series for DC Comics. Her books are translated into 34 languages in 35 countries. The first book to be made into a movie, My Sister’s Keeper, will premiere in 2009 in theatres starring Cameron Diaz. She was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003. Picoult currently has some 14 million copies of her books in print worldwide.


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.

Rating 5/5


“As Prince Oliver, I may have been given the gift of life…but I have never been given the chance to live.”—Oliver (23)

“Why do you read books, when you could be outside, living a million different adventures every day?”—Oliver

“Because you can always count on a book to stay the same. Everything else changes when you least expect it.”—Delilah

“I think her flaws make me love her even more. She’s not perfect, but she’s perfect to me.”—Frump

“The author builds a house, but the reader makes it a home.”—Jessamyn