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

9781743439982

Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Release date: May 19, 2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9781743439982
Pages: 384
Goodreads || Book Depository (US cover) || Allen & Unwin

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 favourite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down.

In this multilayered universe, the line between what is on the page and what is possible is blurred, but all must be resolved for the characters to live happily ever after.

MY THOUGHTS

4 stars

Off the Page is a companion novel to Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer, which I’ve recently reviewed. Off the Page can be read as a stand alone novel but I would recommend checking out Between the Lines because it’ll give you a better introduction to the fairytale world and the characters. I don’t think Off the Page would be quite as good if it was read as a stand alone, but I’m only able to speak from the perspective of someone who has read both books.

I liked Off the Page better than Between the Lines, because we get to see Oliver and Delilah interact together in the same world. They’re adorable together and I loved seeing Oliver trying to navigate his way through the life of a normal teenager. There were lots of funny moments, especially the scenes with Seraphima.

Like Between the Lines, Off the Page was fast-paced and easy to read. I finished it in one sitting. I liked how the story unfolded and that it was easy to follow and logical. I think this would be a great read for a lot of people.

And I also loved that there was a happily ever after for everyone.

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