Title: Off the Page
Author: Samantha Van Leer and Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: Goodreads Giveaway
Before reading Off the Page, I had never read anything by Jodi Picoult, but based on what the literary community and the My Sister’s Keeper movie I was expecting an excess of emotions and the full waterworks. In all reality, however, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
Although it did deal with some heavy issues, it was a very light and fun read. Watching Oliver struggle within our world, the real world, was, in my opinion, what brought the most humour to the story — and the fact that someone had the opportunity to bring their book crush to life is my, and probably every other literary fangirl’s, dream.
When I first opened the book I was intrigued by the colourful (literally) text as each chapter, spoken by different characters, used colours to represent the varying characters. However, as I began reading I felt a little let down by the novel. It marketed itself as a “companion” to Between the Lines, which I have never read, and as a companion I figured that the novel itself would work as a standalone piece. Unfortunately, as I delved deeper into the story, I felt as though I was missing out on something. This became frustrating at times as I felt as though I was missing the big picture, or just not quite understanding what was going on as I was missing some detail or backstory that Between the Lines would have covered.
Overall, I felt it was an easy and light read, great for younger teens and for adults looking for a simple and quick read. Some parts were beautifully written, not to mention the gorgeous illustrated by Yvonne Gilbert that really helped tie everything together. My main concern, as mentioned above, was that I felt left out, but I think this issue can easily be fixed by reading Off the Page‘s predecessor, Between the Lines, which, according to GoodReads, is pretty good as well.