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Off the Page
     

Off the Page

3.9 14
by Jodi Picoult, Samantha van Leer, Yvonne Gilbert (Illustrator)
 

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From #1 New York Times bestselling authors Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer, OFF THE PAGE is a tender and appealing YA novel filled with romance, humor, and adventure.
 
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

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From #1 New York Times bestselling authors Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer, OFF THE PAGE is a tender and appealing YA novel filled with romance, humor, and adventure.
 
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.
 

Off the Page is just so sweet and magical. In high school, I would have given ANYTHING to crawl inside one of my favorite books to escape the real world. I wish!”—SARAH DESSEN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Saint Anything

Editorial Reviews

VOYA, June 2015 (Vol. 38, No. 2) - Stacy Holbrook
In this companion to Between The Lines (Simon Pulse, 2012/Voya June 2012), Delilah and Oliver’s story continues, but Oliver is no longer in a fairy tale—he is in the real world with Delilah. Told in alternating chapters among Delilah, Oliver, and Edgar (the boy who took Oliver’s place), Off The Page starts with Oliver navigating high school while trying to be a prince, Delilah trying to keep Oliver for herself as he becomes vastly popular, and Edgar struggling to maintain his authority as Oliver’s replacement. The high school story is quickly replaced as more characters are pulled into the storybook, trading places with their real-world counterparts, and everyone has to determine how to switch the characters back. A full-color map of the storybook kingdom and other illustrations help readers imagine the storybook world. Black-and-white images at the beginning of each chapter illustrate the chapter’s events, while different colors of typeface distinguish each main character’s point of view. Readers of Between The Lines will be excited for the continuation of Oliver and Delilah’s love story. Although the book can be read as a stand-alone, new readers may be confused by the many characters in both the real world and the storybook, as well as the multiple plot lines. In addition, there is not a lot of depth to the characters, so teens may have a difficult time connecting with them. The humor, however, delivers some very enjoyable laugh-out-loud moments. Reviewer: Stacy Holbrook; Ages 12 to 18.
Children's Literature - Kasey Giard
Delilah and Oliver can finally be together in the real world. However, to maintain Oliver’s presence, Edgar had to take his place in the fairy tale story where Oliver really belongs. As Oliver struggles to acclimate to the new and unfamiliar setting outside his story, he must impersonate Edgar well enough to fool Edgar’s mother and to fit in at school. When another portal between the story and the real world opens, two more characters’ swap for real life counterparts, leaving Delilah and Oliver to untangle the mess. Each must find a happily-ever-after solution for their entire cast. While the story is clever, a few of the plot twists did not resonate well with the story. Though Oliver finds a way to exit the fairytale, he is not a real boy. Punch him, and he will bleed ink. At some point this should have been addressed if he intended to spend the rest of his life outside the confines of the book. Also, the swap—a real human boy for a prince in a fairytale—is uneven. A boy gives up an entire life for confinement in a story so that a high school girl can have a life with the boy she is in love with? What does the story’s new protagonist gain from the exchange? It would seem living in a book would get terrifically old after a while. Other than a few plot wrinkles, the story progresses smoothly; and all the essential characters find true love. As promised, the tale delivers its happily-ever-after for nearly everyone. Reviewer: Kasey Giard; Ages 12 up.
School Library Journal
05/01/2015
Gr 7 Up—Picoult and van Leer dive back into the realm of fairy tales coming true in this companion to Between the Lines (Delacorte, 2012). Storybook prince turned real-life boyfriend, Oliver, has started high school with his true love, Delilah. Despite a few social mishaps, Oliver (being referred to as Edgar, whose place he had to take in order to escape the pages of the book) finds himself on the fast track to popularity, much to Delilah's chagrin. The two have just started to work through their new problems, when they discover something is wrong in the book from which Oliver originated. The story seems to be rewriting itself and the real Edgar (who took Oliver's place in the story) doesn't know how to lead the other characters. Soon, bigger problems arise, with more real-life beings and storybook characters switching places unintentionally, and the book's author, Edgar's mom, Jessamyn, falling ill. Is happily ever after a dream still out of reach? Readers need to have read the first title in order to follow the plot and they will easily find themselves pulled back into the world of Oliver, Delilah, and Edgar. Strong narrative voices keep the alternating chapters from becoming confusing, and the cultural references are spot-on, although they may cause the book to feel dated in a short time. VERDICT A fun, fairy-tale romance for teens who believe in happily ever after. Recommended.—Heather Webb, Worthington Libraries, OH
Kirkus Reviews
2015-03-17
What happens when a happily-ever-after is no longer guaranteed? Picoult and van Leer, her co-author daughter, explore the real-life consequences when two star-crossed, teen lovers leave the certainty of the fictive page and give their romance a test run in the real world. In the somewhat cluttered and chaotic sequel to Between the Lines (2012), Oliver, a once-fictional charming prince, and his doppelgänger, Edgar, the lonely teen son of the author of Oliver's fairy tale, have swapped places. Edgar now resides between the covers of the book, and Oliver is braving three-dimensional high school life with his one true love, Delilah. Not surprisingly, things don't go quite as planned. The swap has consequences, and as the fictional book attempts to restore order, characters from both worlds suddenly find themselves jumping on and off the pages. Watching Oliver navigate the perils of high school provides some easy laughs, and his romance with Delilah remains fairy-tale sweet, even as his rising popularity complicates things between them. But it's secondary characters, like Delilah's tough-as-nails best friend, Jules, who provide the most entertainment. Readers will likely find themselves anxiously awaiting their arrivals in scenes. Though it lacks the depth of Cornelia Funke's Inkheart series, the story is at its best when it's taken as a metafictive exploration of the relationship between a reader and a beloved book. (Fantasy. 10-14)
From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR OFF THE PAGE:
 
“A fun, fairy-tale romance for teens who believe in happily ever after.”—SLJ
 
“Fairy-tale sweet.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“A lovely fairy tale emphasizing the importance of family and creativity.”—Booklist


PRAISE FOR BETWEEN THE LINES:

 
“An exploration of the nature of escapism that asks whether reality is any more real than make-believe, Between the Lines will delight readers of all ages whose imaginations willfully blur that distinction.”—Los Angeles Times
 
Between the Lines is a romance between a girl and a boy, but even more, it’s a love letter to the visceral bond between a reader and a musty, beloved book. . . . The fictional Between the Lines is funny and unexpected . . . and it’s fascinating to watch the authors address the problem of what it would be like to live not just in a story, but in a physical book.”—The Washington Post
 
“What wasn’t to love about the exciting, imaginative story of Delilah, a high school student, and the fairy-tale prince she fell in love with, Oliver?”—Bustle.com
 
 
PRAISE FOR #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR JODI PICOULT:
 
“Jodi Picoult turns tough topics into bestsellers.”—NPR.org
 
“Blockbuster novelist.”—Boston Globe
 
“Cultishly successful writer.”—The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553535563
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/19/2015
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
162,211
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile:
HL720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

JODI PICOULT is the author of twenty-three novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She also cowrote the #1 New York Times bestseller Between the Lines, the companion to Off the Page, with her daughter, Samantha van Leer. Jodi lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her online at jodipicoult.com.

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, for whom the prince in this story is named.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Hanover, New Hampshire
Date of Birth:
May 19, 1966
Place of Birth:
Nesconset, Long Island, NY
Education:
A.B. in Creative Writing, Princeton University; M.A. in Education, Harvard University
Website:
http://www.jodipicoult.com/

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Off the Page 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
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. http://momsradius.blogspot.com/2015/06/book-review-off-page-ya.html
Ghee More than 1 year ago
After reading The Storyteller, I was eager to read another Picoult book. Bad decision, this is not an adult book, this is something a 4th grader would read. Unlikely characters, Castles with spaceships, Not only could a character come from the book, which might have been a cute fairy tale, but multiple people going back and forth was simply a disaster all the way.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I found the premise of this book fascinating. I love it when the characters come to life and I can smell what they smell, feel what they feel. However, initially I felt a very slow start and disjointed scenes and character interaction. Every time I felt it was a chore to continue I forced myself to read a little further. Frump one of my favorites caused me to shed many a tear. I had to see how things turned out. I am so glad I did. I laughed, cried and sighed over almost all the characters and saw a bit of myself in all of them. Thank you for a story well told. I'd like to find out more about what happens to Jules. Hummmmm part 2?!
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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. 
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Off the Page' is a cute and light-hearted young adult romance that blurs the line between fantasy and reality. The book is considered a companion novel to 'Between the Lines', but can be read as a standalone. I hadn't read 'Between the Lines' beforehand, and I could follow everything that happened just fine. Looking back, I wish I would have read 'Between the Lines' first because it gives a better understanding of the characters, their relationship, and the obstacles they had to overcome to get Oliver into Delilah's world. Although not completely necessary, I would highly recommend reading 'Between the Lines' before jumping into this one. I found this novel to be a wonderful romantic distraction from what I normally read. I don't usually go for contemporary romance, but the synopsis for the book had me instantly curious as to how the story could be passed as realistic. I'm definitely glad I gave it a chance! Sometimes you just need a break from your usual genres, and I admit that I can be a ridiculously sappy romantic given the right situations. I found a perfect blend of both romance and fantasy within these pages. The characters were well written - especially our two main characters - Delilah and Oliver. They both have very distinct personalities with obvious flaws, strengths, and weaknesses. I could almost immediately connect with both of them, especially Delilah, from the very beginning. The secondary characters in the book were also written in a rounded, distinct way that made them seem just as realistic as the main characters did. The book is written in first person point of view, from three different characters - Delilah, Oliver, and Edgar. The story is broken down into separate chapters/sections, depending on who is narrating at the time. If you've read any of my reviews, you know how much point of view matters to me. First person POV is, by far, my favorite style. The reader gets to know so much more than just the surface story - we're privy to the narrator's inner thoughts, emotions, hopes, dreams, fears, everything that makes them unique. This style also allows the reader to see the story unfold from the narrator's perspective, which can be entirely different than another character's would be. By using first person POV, I really believe that the author takes the story to a deeper level. In this novel, we have the opportunity to truly get to know and understand three different characters - and how each one of them responds to events in the story. By the end of the book, I felt like I really knew our three narrators, which created a strong connection with each of them individually and made them feel very realistic. It let me experience the story from three differing sides, along with seeing how each character felt and reacted during the book. It was an exciting experience as well as a roller coaster ride of emotions - but I wouldn't have it any other way. The plot of the book is fascinating - mainly because of Oliver's character and how he came to be with Delilah. If you put all of that magic and fantasy to the side, you're left with a beautiful story about true love, obstacles that people have to overcome, and what happily-ever-after really means. Like I mentioned above, this was a huge roller coaster of emotions for me. I found myself grinning like an idiot at the book during some parts, while during others I was close to tears or crying my eyes out. It was written with such detailed description and imagery that I was able to slip inside the story almost instantly at the beginning. I felt as if I was right there with the characters as everything in the book happened - and I felt what they were feeling, whether it was happy, sad, confused, or a mix of different emotions. There is no way that I could have simply read this book - it was an experience that will stick with me for a long time to come. I can't say enough about this book, but my only regret was not reading Between the Lines first. I would have had a better understanding of all the characters - from the main ones to the smallest of appearances - along with more knowledge of the history behind the story and how it all came to be. I very highly recommend this novel to every reader - even those who don't normally read this genre. It's an enchanting story written with amazing talent, and everyone should experience it. I definitely recommend it to fans of contemporary fiction, fantasy, and romance - you really need to read this book! Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg. The book before this is so good!!!!! Cant wait for this one!