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May 2016 Book of the Month.

This companion novel to the bestselling Between the Lines also works wonderfully as a life-affirming standalone novel, and features a sprinkling of full-page colour illustrations that exude the feel-good nostalgic ambiance of traditional fairy tales.

Sixteen-year-old Delilah finally has her prince. Literally. Oliver has stepped from the pages of Delilah’s favourite fairy tale and is now a living, breathing teenage boy after having switched places with Edgar, son of the tale’s creator. Oliver turns more than a few heads at high school with his dashing good looks and social faux pas, including “doing the queen's wave as we head down the science wing” and being punched by the president of the LGBT Alliance for his unwittingly inappropriate use of the word 'fairy'. But while Oliver and Delilah are elated at being together, love in the real world isn’t entirely a bed of roses. Meanwhile, back in the fairy tale, (which has been given a sci-fi makeover), Edgar is also struggling and, when misfortune strikes the tale’s creator, the characters she gave life to are called upon to return the favour.

Whimsically entertaining throughout, Off the Page has a soft-centred heart that beats with the big themes of love, loss and searching for happy ever afters. “Home isn't where you are. It’s who you're with,” remarks the novel’s storyteller towards its end, which is an aptly warmhearted sentiment to come away with.

Joanne Owen

Off the Page Synopsis

Meant for each other ...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 - but there are complications. To exist in Delilah's world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver's role in the pages of Delilah's favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. In this multilayered universe, the line between what's on the page and what's possible is blurred. Is there a way for everyone to live happily ever after?

Off the Page Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews here.

  • Amy Laws - 'So imaginative and creative - I loved Off The Page from beginning to end.'
  • Stacie Ball - 'Perfect for first time readers of Jodi Picoult, a sequel to Between The Lines or a standalone, Off The Page is sure to leave you smiling from ear to ear and full of happy feelings.'
  • Alex McCalla - 'Both are such amazing writers. Couldn't get my head out of the book!'
  • Destiny Maraj - 'an interesting and intriguing read with a fascinating and original storyline.'
  • Freya Tilsley - 'It made me laugh, it made me cringe and turn the page. Overall a really imaginative, brilliant take on a fairy tale.'
  • Emma Hughes - 'I had finished this book within a day, it captures you into the magic of the story right from the first page. A very enjoyable read!'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This was a tearjerker, heart-breaker book filled with smiles and hope. I loved these characters so much, and especially a loyal little dog called Frump.'
  • Amelia White - 'Amazing book, it's a story in a story about love and magic... A modern fairy tale!'
  • Delilah Acworth - 'Off The Page was a charming romantic tale, splattered with comedy and heartthrob.'
  • Izzy Read - 'Off The Page is an exhilarating, comforting fairy tale that has crazy beautiful illustrations along with it.'
  • Inés - 'All in all it was an enjoyable book.'

Off the Page Press Reviews

'Unleash the child in you! She [Picoult] has teamed up with her daughter to write an adventure tale for teens, and it has plenty of action and romance to keep younger readers happy ... Heat For Twilight fans it should tick all the boxes.' Daily Mail

'In her first foray into teen fiction, Picoult and her co-author daughter deliver an enjoyable, metafictive twist on the traditional teen-romance novel ... Book lovers in particular are likely to get a kick out of the blurring of the lines between character and reader, fact and fiction ... Fizzy, fairy-tale fun
Kirkus Reviews

Prolific and bestselling author Picoult teams up with her teenage daughter to pen a clever YA romance Publishers Weekly

'This was a book that whisked me off into a new spin on fairy tales ... A lovely read.' **** -- The Beaucoup Review Blogspot

'The writing style cannot be faulted at all: Jodi and Samantha enticed and captivated me, leaving me hungry for more. I adored the intricate illustrations that came before each fairytale chapter ... BETWEEN THE LINES is a pretty magical book full of hope, dreams and trying to overcome the impossible ... it is a thoroughly enjoyable read that will pull you into a world where humans are only a paper-thin distance away from gorgeous princes (with British accents!) in fairytales.' Chicklish

'The book is instantly magical, transporting the reader into a world where fiction is reality and the divide between reader and book has been crossed. BETWEEN THE LINES will have you guessing to the very end and devouring each page at great speed. With gorgeous illustrations dotted around the pages, it is the kind of book you can escape into, just like Delilah. A delight.' -- Novelicious

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ISBN: 9781473614291
Publication date: 21/04/2016
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781473614291
Publication date: 21st April 2016
Author: Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Fantasy romance (Teenage),

About Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer

Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-one internationally bestselling novels, including My Sister's Keeper, House Rules and The Storyteller, and has also co-written two YA books with her daughter Samantha van Leer, Between the Lines and Off the Page. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Samantha van Leer is a sophomore at Vassar College majoring in psychology with a minor in human development. She cowrote the #1 New York Times bestseller Between the Lines, the companion to Off the Page, with her mother, Jodi Picoult. Jodi and Samantha have four dogs: Alvin, Harvey, Dudley, and Oliver, ...

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