‘Off the Page’ by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer – Audiobook Review

Off The Page is the sequel to Between The Lines – spoilers ahead for Between The Lines! With the abrupt ending of Between the Lines, I wanted more closure and immediately jumped into this one!

Title: Off the Page
Author:  Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
Series: Between the Lines #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy

Goodreads Summary

Off the Page takes place not too long after Between The Lines ends. Oliver has successfully entered the real world and taken Edgar’s place, while Edgar is now living his wildest dreams being in a story of his own creation. Oliver (as Edgar) has convinced his “mom” Jessamyn to move them close to Delilah’s family and so they could be in the same school. Everything seems like it’s a true happy ever after – except Oliver has no idea how to live in the real world.

Delilah has to teach Oliver how to act like a teenage boy and soon realizes she needs to share him with others – she can’t keep him hidden away in her bedroom anymore.

Oliver’s reactions to the real world are oftentimes hilarious and I found myself laughing out loud more than once! It’s so innocent and cute. I loved seeing him make friends of his own while still trying to act like Edgar around Jessamyn.

But the book itself isn’t happy about the swap and begins rebelling against both Oliver and Edgar. They need to figure out how to create a balance between both worlds and keep both boys where they want to be. Delilah also can’t hide this swap forever from her best friend Jules, who quickly gets dragged into this whole world and issues going on.

I enjoyed that this book had POV’s from Delilah, Oliver, Edgar, and a narrator of the fairytale itself. It was great getting to see things from multiple angles and how each character was feeling in the moment.

While most of this is fun and lighthearted, there are some serious discussions as well including sickness of a parent and talk of death. Sometimes you have to think about your family before yourself and do things you might not normally do to protect them. This story holds a powerful parent-child dynamic which I didn’t expect.

Between The Lines was released in 2012, with this sequel being released in 2015 and while parts of them feel dated, I must say both stories do hold up in 2022. If you’re looking for something comforting, I would recommend both of these books!

I don’t think Off The Page is necessary to read, but if you are eager to learn more, its definitely worth picking up.

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This audiobook has four narrators! I love a good full cast audiobook – or at least multiple narrators. I felt having so many narrators really brought this story….Off The Page (pun intended). It brought it to life and made me feel like I was in the story myself. I would highly recommend listening to this one!

The print book does use different colored fonts for each POV and there are a few illustrations throughout the book, as a real fairytale would have, so its not a bad idea if you wanted to read and listen along.

My Rating:

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If you’re looking for a comfort read, look no further. Between the Lines and Off the Page brought me so much pleasure which currently young adult books can’t always do. Both hold up surprisingly well despite being a decade old. I would highly recommend both Between the Lines and if you like that, this sequel, Off the Page.

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