21 July, 2012

Between The Lines

Author: Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Book - Library

From Goodreads:
What happens when happily ever after... isn't?
Delilah hates school as much as she loves books. In fact, there's one book in particular she can't get enough of. If anyone knew how many times she has read and re-read the sweet little fairy tale she found in the library, especially the popular kids, 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, hot) 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 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?

What I thought:
Any one who reads this blog knows my love/ hate relationship with Jodi Picoult - love her stuff, but find her mother characters incredibly annoying! So when I heard she had written a book with her daughter, I must admit I was interested.

The idea is interesting - falling in love with a story book character, having them fall in love with you and needing to find a way to get him out. And lets face it, haven't we all wondered what happens when we close the book?
Unfortunately, I don't think Picoult and her daughter, van Leer, pulled it off. Plot holes, inconsistencies and writing that just wasn't up to what I expect from a book with Picoult's name on it. I'd be interested to see something van Leer has written herself, just to see if it was the collaboration thing that didn't work.