Review: Off the Page by Jodi Picoult, Samantha van Leer

Off the Page by Jodi Picoult

I am a huge Jodi Picoult fan. She was my favorite author for a long time. I enjoyed Between the Lines (3 stars). But this book was just too ridiculous. After an entire book of trying to find a way to get Oliver into the real world, this book has characters going back and forth without much effort.

I have a hard time passing up a sequel because I like to know what’s happening with the characters – as if they’re real people. But I didn’t feel like Delilah or Oliver had matured much since the start of the first book. And was Delilah really that insecure in the first book?! There’s a lot of unnecessary drama between Delilah and Oliver that seemed to have been added just to progress the plot, but seemed really out of character.

I read a lot of YA as I’ve mentioned, but the voices of the teenagers in this book didn’t seem right. I had that same feeling when reading the voice of Jenna in Picoult’s Leaving Time.

The illustrations in the book were stunning, although again, they were not consistent with the drawings in the first book. The black italic text in between chapters was trying too hard to be profound. And there were several small inconsistencies in the story that I found distracting.

I was disappointed with this book.

Rating: 2 Stars

This review was originally published on Mom’s Radius.

Off the Page
Between the Lines #2
Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer,
Young Adult Fiction
Delacorte Press
May 19, 2015
Hardcover
384

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.

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