What I’ve Read Recently

Because I’m reading so much, this blog may start to take on a “What I’m Reading” tone… I’ve been reading so many great books!

I have been an avid reader of Jodi Picoult’s books for about two years now. Between my bookshelf and my Kindle I own and have read all of her books. None of them have disappointed me.

Last week, I was extremely excited to see that her newest novel, co-written with her daughter, Samantha van Leer, had been released. I wanted to read it the day it came out, but unfortunately that was right around the time I got sick, and all I wanted to do was sleep.

Over the weekend I went up to my aunt and uncle’s house to recuperate, and I got the chance to  finally read “Between the Lines,” Picoult’s venture into the world of young adult literature.

To say that I loved the book is an understatement. It is one of the most creative books I have ever read, and was thrilling from beginning to end.

A brief synopsis:

“Between the Lines” asks a very important question — what happens to the characters in books when the book is closed? The story is about a young girl, Delilah, who finds out the answer to this question while re-reading her favorite book.

(I know that’s pretty vague, but I was trying to find a way to give a bit of information without any spoilers. If you’d like a more comprehensive synopsis, try this: http://www.jodipicoult.com/between-the-lines.html)

Like I said before, it is absolutely one of the most creative books I have ever read. It is a new and different idea that keeps the reader immersed through the entire story. As Delilah read the fairy tale within the novel, I found myself reading as intently as she did. When outside forces would break her from her thoughts, I felt broken out of them as well. Her disappointments became mine, too. “Between the Lines” isn’t just a book to read — it is a book to experience.

Even though it is categorized as a young adult novel, I did not feel like I was reading a typical YA story; it is clear that this came from the minds of both an adult and a young woman. It is a beautiful story, one that can be enjoyed by readers of any age.

I hope that Sammy comes up with more ideas for a novel — she seems to be just as creative as her mom! This is a very different read for fans of Picoult’s other novels, but it does not disappoint — it is  clever, brilliant, and engaging.

And for any fans of YA lit in any form, this one is fantastic. 🙂

I’m currently devouring “Distant Shores” by Kristin Hannah … my goal is to get it done tonight so I can be ready for the release of “The Next Best Thing,” Jennifer Weiner’s new book that’s coming out tomorrow!

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