REVIEW: Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

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23278546Title: Off the Page
Author: Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
Series: (Between the Lines #2)
Pub. Date: May 19th, 2015
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Contemporary

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From #1 New York Times bestselling authors Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer, OFF THE PAGE is a tender and appealing YA novel filled with romance, humor, and adventure.

Delilah and Oliver shouldn’t be together. But they are together. And just as they’re getting used to the possibility that happily ever after may really, truly be theirs, the universe sends them a message they can’t ignore: they won’t be allowed to rewrite their story.

Delilah and Oliver must decide how much they’re willing to risk for love and what it takes to have a happy ending in a world where the greatest adventures happen off the page.

Off the Page is just so sweet and magical. In high school, I would have given ANYTHING to crawl inside one of my favorite books to escape the real world. I wish!”—SARAH DESSEN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Saint Anything


      Off the Page is a cute, light-hearted and adorable read. It’s a companion story to Between the Lines, which I, unfortunately, haven’t read. Despite that, this book is still enjoyable. If you love light-hearted reads full of romance and unbelievable situations, this is the book for you!

The entirety of this book is all romance and family and relationship struggles. It’s about Delilah, an outcast who always has her nose stuck in a book, and how her life is once Oliver -a prince in a book that she was able to bring into the real world- becomes a real, daily part of her world. This book is full of her hope and insecurities over the relationship and his feelings, as well as how she copes when he unknowingly becomes popular and has hordes of girls vying for his attention. The best part of this book, I found, was Oliver’s struggles to understand Delilah’s world, the inner workings and unsaid rules, the popularity and driving, and what he should or shouldn’t do. This book was made more light-hearted by Oliver’s utter adoration and love for Delilah, and how he made a fool of himself at times whenever he made a mistake; which, I admit, made me laugh slightly.

Oliver and Delilah are not the only couple though! Nope, there was another couple that had connections to Oliver and Delilah. Unfortunately, this couple and their love was instant,  apparently unavoidable, and not all that amazing. Without the build-up and tension, and the hope and connection to their romance, there was no fire. I found that I didn’t care, because they kissed in the few hours they met without any real reason other than physical attraction, proclaimed their love/intense emotions for each other not long after, and there was a love triangle. Thankfully, that only made an appearance near the end of the book. Or at least, close to it.

The book as a whole was hard to connect to. None of the romances stood out to me (granted, Oliver and Delilah have a whole other book dedicated to how their romance formed, so that’s on me and not the authors) and there were some incredibly unbelievable scenes that I just couldn’t picture or wrap my head around.

The plot is repetitive. People switch so a book character can live in the real world, everything seems perfect and lovely, something goes wrong, another pair switch, everything’s fine, something goes wrong, more switch, and so on. It’s not bad. It fits the story and makes it more interesting, especially as we get to see how each character thrives in or just explores their new surroundings. However, I do feel the book could’ve been solved a lot earlier had there been less switches. The mystery was there, but only a hint of it. If the mystery had been a real part of the book, it would’ve been more adventure and less light-hearted, gushy romance. Either way though, this book was still enjoyable.

Overall, Off the Page is full of cutesy relationships, fantastical situations, and utter adoration/love that proves just how far someone will got to be with the one they love.


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