Thursday, June 20, 2013

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

Being a fellow writer/reader, I have always wondered what if the characters in a book/movie/video game really had their own thoughts and actions outside of their own story. What if they had dreams, passions, and hopes of their own? That is the exact question the authors (or authoresses, I like to say) pose in Between the Lines.

Oliver is a prince, but not in the courageous fighter of all evils kind of way. He is a bit timid, but still seems to have a heart of gold. When a strange man calls on his help to save his daughter, the prince reluctantly agrees. This comes after much thought and deliberation, of course. And so, like all heroes at some point in their stories, Oliver goes on a quest to save the day…with a tiny bit of regret at having agreed to it.

You would think this would be the end of the story, but it isn't. When this fairy tale story is closed to readers, the character of Oliver is a completely different person entirely. He wonders what is truly out there...what is truly outside of his own book. He sees Readers and hears what goes on in their lives, but he longs to experience that world for himself. Longs to see, touch, feel, hear something different. Something unexpected and new.

Suddenly, Oliver gets his wish. After so many years of calling out to Readers and never being heard, a girl named Delilah finally notices him. They are enamored (and in Delilah's case, a bit freaked out) with each other. With the fact that they can interact with each other.

Delilah and Oliver soon become very close, and put their heads together to figure out a way to get Oliver out of his story and into Delilah's own world. But there are so many obstacles in their way. Can they do it?

This book follows three different points of view. Well, two actually. Oliver's and Delilah's. The third installment is the story that Oliver was written into. I love that. I love that we readers get to hear the story which started the whole thing.

All in all, I found this a stunning read, very beautiful and enchanting. However, I do take into account that not all people may like this book. So...a little advice...before you judge this book by its cover or description, open it up and read a little. Who knows, you may love this more than you think.

I recommend this to all people out there who love imaginative stories. Stories that open your heart and beckon to you.

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