Off The Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer – Amazing characters and a sweet story, the perfect weekend read!

Off the PageWhile this is ‘technically’ a companion novel to ‘Between The Lines’, I mistakenly checked this book up first, and didn’t realize it was a companion until I was 75% through the book!

The story follows Prince Oliver (who is masquerading as real-world teenager, Edgar) as he tries to sort out life in the real-world, instead of the fairytale he lived in a few days ago. Of course, the book isn’t too pleased about the rewrite that Edgar made (spaceships and Zorgs don’t fit well into the fairytale world!) and there are some hilarious high jinks that ensue!

The on-going romance is cute, but is by no means the sole focus of the book. Some of the themes include friendship, dealing with loss, the power of wishes and dreams, and fitting in.

It’s been a long time since I’ve found a book that made me laugh, cry and genuinely connect with the characters. Usually, I’m able to move away from the book and forget it when I need to do something else. Somehow these characters managed to jumped up, latch on and wouldn’t let me go.

The book has several moments where you were reading some kind of letter meant for you, the reader, which includes hints and nuggets of information that really make the story come alive.

Overall, a wonderful book which I rate as among my favorites this year. It’s rare to find such quality characters and such a sweet wholesome story in YA literature. I recommend Off The Page for anyone who loves reading, fairy tales or ever wondered what would happen if a fairy tale prince (or princess) were to pop out of the pages of their favorite book.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-two novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Storyteller,Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

Samantha van Leer is a junior in high school. She conceived the idea for Between the Lines and pitched it to her mom, Jodi Picoult, who was in the middle of a book tour. In her spare time, Samantha can be found playing softball, doing contemporary dance, acting and singing in musicals, and cuddling on the ground with her two dogs, Dudley and Oliver—for whom the prince in this fairy tale was named.


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