Between The Lines By Jodi Picoult And Samantha Van Leer

2/5-I was expecting a lot more from this book. Simon and Schuster, Jodi Picoult and her daughter, Samantha Van Leer got everyone excited for this book. I mean, a fairy tale where the characters literally come to life-who wouldn’t want to read this book? Sadly, it fell very short from what I expected it to be.

(Summary from Goodreads)

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.

(My Opinion)

Between The Lines was written the perspective of Oliver, Delilah, and the Narrator. The characters’ were typical and felt like they were just words on paper, nothing they did made them come alive to me. I loved the idea for this story because it’s different and I was instantly interested in what it was about and about Oliver’s fate. The writing for this story annoyed me for some reason and there were a few words used in the wrong sense.

Oh man, where do I start? Okay how about the fact that the characters’ were so typical and boring that I almost stopped reading. Yup, this book had so much potential with this amazing idea but the characters didn’t pull throw nor did the writing style. This book didn’t have enough dialogue for me which is something that I didn’t like at all. There was too much explanation in the first few chapters. Delilah was a very typical character that was a loner, had problems with other people (which is fine) and stuff but there wasn’t anything interesting about her other than she could talk to Oliver. I wished the authors made her more mesmerizing and original. There were a lot of parts in the story where I was shaking my head because there were parts that seemed either rushed or disorganized and didn’t fit well with the story. Jules didn’t feel any real to me either and the fight between her and Delilah wasn’t good or entertaining. I was actually yawning while reading it.

Like I said before, the idea for this story is amazing and I loved it. Three stories wrapped up into one bigger story is great and usually exciting. I liked that the authors put the name of which character/narrator we were reading at the top of the page. My favourite parts of this book were the obstacles and challenges that Oliver and Delilah had to go through to find the right way to get Oliver out of the book.

I don’t think this book is a good read for anyone over the age of fourteen because you can bluntly tell that it won’t entertain anyone over that age. If you are a ‘grammar cop’ this book isn’t for you at all. This book might be enjoyable for young teens who like reading three stories in one book because I liked that.

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What Happened To Goodbye By Sarah Dessen

4.7/5-Mclean has gotten the opportunity that a lot of people would love to get a fresh start somewhere new. This story is the reason why Sarah Dessen is my favourite author.

(Summary Taken From Goodreads)

Since her parents’ bitter divorce, McLean and her dad, a restaurant consultant, have been on the move-four towns in two years. Estranged from her mother and her mother’s new family, McLean has followed her dad in leaving the unhappy past behind. And each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona: from cheerleader to drama diva. But now, for the first time, McLean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself, whoever that is. Perhaps Dave, the guy next door, can help her find out.

(My Opinion)

To me, the message of this story is that, even though you run from your past, you really can’t hide from it. The plot for this book was amazing, after reading some reviews on how Sarah Dessen lacks in this book compared to, The Truth About Forever I was curious to know why. I can now say that this book was amazing, screw what anyone else says! The characters in What Happened To Goodbye are very lovable and just the other characters’ Sarah Dessen is known for writing about.

Sarah Dessen was trying to get the fast-paced writing-style she usually has in her novels into this one. I think she did a great job with it considering the pace for one of her other books. But I still felt like she could improve more with some of the secondary characters.

The fact that Sarah Dessen chose two places for all of her books to be set in is great. What makes this book even better is when she includes characters from her older books into this one. I loved that and how she put them in the most normal places too. Like in all of Sarah Dessen’s books, the message was amazing and heartfelt with a dash of love and romance in there. If she keeps this great job up, her next book is going to be a smashing hit. I would recommend this book at anyone who is a fan of Sarah Dessen’s books and/or love romance novels with an even deeper meaning than romance is everything you need, go get this book.