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Book review: Fun summer teen reads

Christina Erickson/For the Steamboat Pilot
Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult
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“Between the Lines” by Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer, Yvonne Gilbert

“Between the Lines” is a mother and daughter team effort that has produced a very enjoyable young adult book.

Initially, you will have no idea what you are getting yourself into, but it quickly becomes a can’t-put-down page-turner.



The story begins when young Delilah finds herself reaching for a special copy of “Between the Lines” on her school library shelf. She has read this book many times and finds herself attached to it, as one can during times of duress or longing.

Certain books can become soothing, or they may even come alive. Delilah doesn’t even flinch when one of the characters starts speaking to her. Oliver, this book’s Prince Charming, has lived his whole life in “Between the Lines.” He knows his lines and how to act every time the book is opened for a new reader. But when he sees Delilah again, he makes the flash decision to talk to her in real time. They both find it very easy to converse, as they have so much in common. Recognizing this as true love, Delilah and Oliver have to find a way to get Oliver out of the book and into the real world.

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What a fun book for a teen or adult! onderful quirky color illustrations on almost every page help to tell this modern fairy tale.

“Off the Page” 
by Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer, Yvonne Gilbert

Fortunately for all of us, we already have “Off the Page,” the follow up to “Between the Lines.” Spoiler alert for book one — Delilah and Oliver now have to navigate the modern world together.

Along with all of the challenges of being a teenager, Oliver is a young man who has only lived in a storybook and only knows what the author has decided to include in the story from the real world. What may seem straightforward to us is not as obvious to him. Amid many misunderstandings, this brings much humor to the story.

The authors introduce a new character, Edgar, who had to take the place of Oliver in the original story. He is given his own story to follow, but has to adjust to not only modern times, but also his video game habit.

This is a special teen book that has many amusing quotes, lots of great book references and more team mother-daughter wittiness.

“A Court of Thorns and Roses” 
by Sarah J. Maas

Sarah Maas has a new series, and she once again does a masterful job of introducing and bringing her new characters to life.

The young huntress Feyre has crossed the line of the worlds when she kills a wolf in her woods. Another beast-like creature comes to get revenge for the death of his friend. Feyre is taken across the veil to a new place where the rules are very different, and things that she has only heard as rumors and fairy tales as a young girl start to come true.

Just as her captor, Tamlin, starts to let down his guard, Feyre finds herself falling for him. But coming from such different worlds, where can these feeling go? The markedly different lives of the Fae throw Feyre off at every turn. True to what we have come to expect from Ms. Maas, this is a marvelous, action-packed, fast-paced book.

These are just three books from our teen shelves that are great summer reads for young and even not so young adults.

Christina Erickson is manager of Off the Beaten Path bookstore in Steamboat Springs.


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