Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Off the Page ARC Review

Off the Page

Author: Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
Average Rating: 3.96/5.0
Personal Rating: 5.0/5.0
Page Count: 384
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: 19 May 2015

According to Goodreads:

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.

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My Opinion:

I received an Advanced Reader's Copy from the publisher, but in no way does that have an impact on my opinions.

Off the Page is the companion novel to Between the Lines also written by Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha Van Leer. If you are interested in checking out my review for Between the Lines you can click here. Off the Page was filled to the brim with humor, events leaving you on the edge of the seat, and maybe even sneaking a little sneak peak at what the next chapter will hold. 

I felt that I was able to connect with the characters, especially Delilah and Oliver, more when I read each of their chapters. Picoult and Van Leer were able to portray the emotions that could occur if all of a sudden your favorite character pops out of the book into real life. In addition to Delilah and Oliver we were able to read from the perspective of Edgar, who is the son of Jessamyn. Jessamyn is the author of the fairy tale Between the Lines in the two book series. Have I befuddled you yet? Sprinkled throughout the novel were also small paragraphs that were thought provoking. They discussed topics like why do we love? Why do we hurt when we lose someone? Why do we hope? I felt these small passages added a great aspect to the novel, because it allowed us to take a step back from the plot and reflect to better connect to how the characters are feeling. 

There was definitely a lot more going on during Off the Page than in Between the Lines. We got to experience Oliver's first day of high school in the real world. We were able to laugh a long with Delilah when Oliver's attempts at ordinary and redundant activities we don't think twice of went astray. We got to go on the roller-coaster that resembled Delilah and Oliver's romantic relationship, and we got to watch another potential relationship between two characters evolve. 

I highly recommend Off the Page to fans of Jodi Picoult, Sarah Dessen, and Meg Cabot. Off the Page is a comedic romance that brings readers back to their childhoods or maybe even more recently when they wished they could live in a book or meet their favorite character in real life. Picoult and Van Leer leave the message in each reader's heart that there is a bit of magic in everything we see and do. 


  1. Nice! I picked this up this week and actually read Between the Lines last week! I thought it was the perfect read for readers and dreamers! Loved it! So looking forward to this next chapter of Oliver and Delilah! Very nice review!

    1. Oh most definitely! Both books reminded me of the reason why I love to read. I think you will even like Off the Page more due to the struggles each of the characters face, and how they work together to overcome them. Thank you!

  2. I am glad you were able to love this one so much more than the other Jodi Picoult book you recently read! And I love it when adults write with their children as well ^^ So maybe I should start with this one? What do you think?

    1. It takes a lot of hard work and determination writing by yourself, but when you can write with your child? Now that has to be heck of an adventure! A nice bonding experience to say the least. I am so happy I did too! I went into reading Off the Page with a bit of hesitation, but I really wanted to see where Oliver and Delilah's story went. I would say you would be okay just reading Off the Page. You would only run a few minor references from Between the Line. Between the Lines gave all the backgrounds of the storybook characters, so you would miss out on those which would make some comments in Off the Page more understandable.