Book Review: Between the Lines

Synopsis according to 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.
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Between the Lines is a sweet middle-grade contemporary romance with inklings of magical realism. It pays homage to fairytales, with some clever interpretations of how stories live within out hearts and minds. It was a quick read, lacking much in the way of depth or character development.


The things I liked: The concept is clever, and finding the resolution was cleverly done (and not rushed).


The things I didn't like: instalove, inconsistencies with details (like, she's wearing a wool shirt but then three paragraphs later it's a t-shirt and shorts, etc), it's labeled YA but reads in depth like a middle grade novel (i.e. conflicts outside of the romance are resolved quickly and easily, by the protagonist suddenly realizing the answer), the characters are pretty one dimensional.


Overall, I found it to be 'meh'. It was more like reading a novella writing exercise on conflict development, than reading a fully developed novel. 


I recommend it for fans of Jodi Picoult (I guess? I've never read her books, but look how much bigger her name is than the title!), and anyone looking for a quick contemporary romance read that focuses on a younger audience.

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