Between the Lines (****)

It wasn’t long to finishย Between the Linesย by Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer. This one was definitely meant for a younger audience, which made it very easy to read thankfully. I was a little discouraged, because the last one I read was so confusing, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But it definitely renewed my faith in her writing ability!

Synopsis:

Delilah is your typical teenage loner, but when she finds a fairy tale book in her school’s library, things change for the better. Well, kind of. She falls in love with a character, and realizes that she’s able to talk to him, and he talks back. So she then goes on a journey to see if there’s a way for her to free him from the book, so she can be with him for real.

It’s a cute premise. But at the same time, kind of dumb. I’m a bit of a cynic, and I don’t think you can find true love at age 15. You’re still growing physically and mentally, so your true personality isn’t developed. I mean I know for some people it does happen, but I think in the majority of cases, high school sweethearts don’t work out. But anyway, I still enjoyed the book either way ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m not sure what I’m going to be reading next, so until then, Happy Reading!

Second Glance (***) (WARNING CONTAINS SPOILERS!)

IMG_1836I finished another book, quite quickly actually. However, it is a Jodi Picoult novel, so that’s probably why. I really like her books, however, I just didn’t find this one up to par. It didn’t pique my interest as much as some of her others, and the twist at the end, just wasn’t there unfortunately. The novel wasย Second Glance.

This book has many storylines (at first I had a really hard time keeping the names straight! There was a Rod and Ross, who I consistently got confused until the characters were fully defined), which end up being tied together. Basically, it follows a man named Ross who lost his (he thought) one true love as he searches for his lost girlfriend’s ghost. It also follows his sister Shelby and nephew Ethan (Ethan has a condition where he can’t go outside in the sun as he’s severely allergic to sunlight). It also follows a geneticist Meredith and her daughter Lucy who sees ghosts. Anyway, in Shelby’s town weird things start happening due to a supposed Native burial ground being bought and developed into a strip mall. Ross goes to investigate, falling in love with a ghostly woman (Lia) who he wants to find out her history. As it goes, Lia lived on the land in the 30’s, and committed suicide when she delivered her supposed stillborn child. Lia remains a ghost as the reason for her death has been hid by her husband who was at the top of his game for eugenics. Her husband was surveying the Native population and other populations of Vermont to determine which ones should be “voluntarily sterilized” in order to rid Vermont of “feeble-minded-ness” and other detrimental characteristics. As it turns out, Lia’s mother had an affair with a Native man, and when Lia’s husband finds out that their baby is part native, he smothers the child, but the baby actually survives. DUN DUN DUN.

Anyway, as you can see it’s a super-convoluted storyline, and is very difficult to explain to anyone who isn’t currently reading it. The ending was kind of awful, in that it had a lot of extra bits, that weren’t really needed, when she could’ve ended the story with Ross finding out who the baby was. But anyway…

To be completely honest, I wouldn’t recommend this novel to anyone who doesn’t already read books by Jodi Picoult. It’s just not worth struggling to keep the storylines straight.