Who among us hasn’t developed a literary crush and wished the character could step into the real world? If only Gilbert Blythe were real! If only every other boy didn’t pale in comparison to Henry Tilney or Mr. Darcy! In Between the Lines by Jodi PIcoult and Samantha Van Leer, Delilah’s literary crush, Oliver, is very real. Well…real to Delilah while still being trapped in the pages of his book.
After reading her favorite children’s fairy tale too many times to count, Delilah discovers that there are changes taking place in the illustrations. This leads to an encounter, within the pages of the book, with the dashing hero of the story, Oliver. After the initial shock and realization that she isn’t actually crazy, Delilah and Oliver begin to plan a way to get Oliver out of the book and into Delilah’s world so they can be together and Oliver can experience life beyond the pages of his story.
Delilah and Oliver are charming, and I found myself rooting for them to figure out a way to get Oliver out of the book. The personalities of the other fairy tale characters are revealed as different when the book is closed, and this adds to the humor of the story. Between the Lines is a fun, sweet fairy tale that touches on the desire many readers have to either enter a favorite story or bring that story into their real lives.
If you like Between the Lines:
- Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer: Look for the sequel, now out in hardback.
- The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1) by Jasper Fforde: Follow literary detective Thursday Next as she enters a novel to prevent an act of literary homicide.
- Lost in Austen: A movie about a Jane Austen fan who trades places with the fictional Elizabeth Bennett of Pride and Prejudice.
Review by Carrie