Review: Off The Page By Jodi Picoult And Samantha Van Leer. *

[Gifted/AD: Hodder and Stroughton sent me this book, in exchange for a review.]

If you’ve heard of Jodi Picoult, you’ve probably heard of My Sister’s Keeper, or maybe even The Storyteller. She writes fictional novels, dealing with issues, that are often ethical, and where boundaries are often blurred. These include School shooting, Teen Suicide, Aspergers Syndrome, and Same-sex marriage. But what is truly magic is when she writes with her daughter, Samantha Van Leer.

Off The Page is the stunning sequel to Between The Lines; Prince Oliver has come out of his book, to be with his true love, Delilah. However can it truly last?

I liked the quips best of all-all to do with Fairy tales. Oliver has to pretend to be an ordinary High School Student, sitting SATS, thinking about girls. It’s NOT easy when your head is filled with only the stuff of Far Far Away. For example, during a test that has the potential to make or break him going to college, he draws a dragon. An elaborate one at that. All during a Maths test.

It all comes to ahead when the fairy tale has trouble accepting new characters, and confuses different wishes. But will they be discovered?

Above all, I particularly loved the twist at the end, meaning that one of the characters is saved. Having felt that these characters were almost real in the four days reading, I could feel myself grinning, as the book finally closed. I just wished that there were far more characters who were allowed to tell the story; that way, it could have had just a little bit more depth.

This is a book that I particularly think that teenagers will enjoy; why? There’s a certain sense of empathy to teens of the book.
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