Off the Page

Off the Page

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553535587
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/19/2015
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 356
Sales rank: 55,177
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels, including Small Great Things, 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 is also the author, with daughter Samantha van Leer, of two young adult novels, Between the Lines and Off the Page. Picoult 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, for whom the prince in this story is named.


Hanover, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

May 19, 1966

Place of Birth:

Nesconset, Long Island, NY


A.B. in Creative Writing, Princeton University; M.A. in Education, Harvard University

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Off the Page 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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?!
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.
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I am extremely disappointed with this Jodi Picoult novel. Not up to here standard of writing. I suspect it was written by the other author. Not recommended.
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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!