DNF Review: Off the Page

23278280Title: Off the Page (Between the Lines #2)

Author: Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

Rating: DNF — Did Not Finish

Provided Synopsis: Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. It’s a miracle that seems perfect at first. Sure, Oliver doesn’t know that you shouldn’t try to open your locker with a dagger or that there’s no such thing as “the ruler” of the local mall. But he also looks at Delilah as if she’s the only girl in the world—the only girl in any world—and Delilah can’t help feeling that being with him is a dream come to life.
 
But not every story can have a happy ending. Because the book wants Oliver back. And it will turn both worlds upside down to get him.
 
Oliver and Delilah will have to decide what—and who—they’re willing to risk for love and what it really means for a fairy tale to come true.

Review: Considering that I gave it two stars, it is surprising for me to say that I enjoyed Between the Lines more than its sequel, but here we are…

This book was just too cheesy for me. I was able to get through Oliver’s attempts to transition into being a high school boy in the real world, but once the fairytale book began to act up, and characters began to move between reality and fiction, the humor was gone. In the end, I decided to abandon this because everything had become so nauseating, especially once two characters that had only spent a day in each other’s company were in love. Show me, do not tell me; give me personalities, not just cliché and dialogue.

I don’t understand how this book managed to feel more juvenile than its predecessor. I am very disappointed and had I finished this it would have received one star.

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2 thoughts on “DNF Review: Off the Page

  1. Oh, I’m sorry to hear that the sequel is worse than the first one! I wasn’t a huge fan of Between the Lines, which I called “a stereotypical story inside an otherwise tolerable tale” in the title of my Sept 2012 review, but I thought Van Leer/Picoult had promise.

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