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Publisher's Note:

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her teenage daughter present their first-ever novel for teens, filled with romance, adventure, and humor. What happens when happily ever after…isn’t? 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. Pr…

Between the Lines

by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer

Overall Book Review:

Between the Lines is a co-author effort by Jodi Picoult and her daughter, Samantha Van Leer.  I must confess that I have never read a book by Jodi Picoult because I have a healthy skepticism of books where the author’s name is in larger font than the title.  I picked up the title mostly out of curiosity.  Its catapult onto the New York Times Best Seller List was due to the Picoult name and the novel probably wouldn’t be there on its own merits, but I was pleasantly surprised by this book.  The fairy tale is sweet and light and  the book includes lovely illustrations and fabulous silhouettes.  The premise has echoes of Inkheart, but there were a few unique elements in the novel.  If you are a tween or young adult girl who loves fairy tales, reading, and romance, then this is a book for you!  The action was never riveting and the characters weren’t terribly complex. (Interestingly, it is the Prince Oliver, rather than the female character, Delilah, that is best developed.)  I love the concept of a mother-daughter collaboration and Between the Lines would be a fun selection for mother-daughter book clubs.


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  6 religious exclamations; 1 mild obscenity

Violence/Gore:  A character accidentally hits another character with a bat resulting in a bloody nose; a character reads a book in which there is sword fighting, death by dragons, biting, tripping, a fall to a death.

Sex/Nudity:  Characters embrace and kiss upon a few occasions; reference to a husband leaving a wife for another woman and family; reference to some kids that “hooked up”; reference to being grounded until “menopause”; a character is transformed from an animal to a person and has no clothes on after the transformation.

Mature Subject Matter:

Divorce

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
2
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
2
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
2
10

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About the Reviewer

An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!