Off the Page

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Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Strong (but long) sequel about book characters come to life.

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Educational Value

Some thought-provoking ideas about the importance of free choice, the meaning of hope, and so on. The authors include little musings between sections, including one that asks readers to consider the different people they are in different situations: "Given all these performances ... how do you ever know who you are?"

Positive Messages

The main characters make huge personal sacrifices to protect the ones they love. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters fight with each other (beyond some romantic jealousy, Delilah is mean to her mom when she asks about the book), but in general the characters are loyal and loving to each other. Delilah even helps care for the demanding Princess Seraphima when she accidently comes to the real world. 

Violence

A beloved character dies in an accident, while another suffers a deadly illness. A boy punches another boy at school after an accidental insult. Other characters reflect on losing loved ones.

Sex

Some passionate kissing. A boy sneaks into his girlfriend's bedroom to spend the night with her. A character is jealous of another girl's perfect body (that girl later says everything she eats go straight to her breasts).

Language
Consumerism

One scene takes place in a Victoria's Secret.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Off the Page, by mother-daughter coauthors Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer, is a romantic fantasy and the sequel to Between the Lines. It continues the story of a girl in love with the prince from a fairy tale, who has now come into the real world. Because it's a romantic fantasy, readers should expect some pretty passionate kissing. Also, a boy sneaks into his girlfriend's bedroom to spend the night with her. There's more tragedy than violence: A beloved character dies in an accident, while another suffers a deadly illness. In general, the characters are loyal and make huge personal sacrifices to protect the ones they love. And there are some thought-provoking ideas about the importance of free choice and the meaning of hope.

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Teen, 17 years old Written byAlybree2 March 24, 2017

Great book

Love this book!

What's the story?

In OFF THE PAGE, Delilah is happy to be with Oliver, a dashing prince newly escaped from a fairy tale who becomes surprisingly popular in high school. Meanwhile, back in the fairy tale, Edgar -- the author's real-world son and his doppelganger -- is having a hard time keeping everything in order, especially as other characters and real people swap places, sometimes unintentionally, and as the book starts trying to revert back to its original story. When a fairy tale character dies in the real world, Delilah decides Oliver must go back so she can keep him safe. But when Edgar discovers his mother, the author, is really sick, they must all work together to find new endings for everyone.

Is it any good?

This smart, sweet story mixes humor, romance, and deep thoughts about the risks we have to take to write our own stories, but it's very long, with many characters going in and out of the fairy tale. Readers will have to be pretty committed to work their way through it. Still, it's pretty impossible not to like a book with lines such as this one from Delilah, bemoaning her geometry homework: "So in spite of the fact that I am having possibly the worst Tuesday of my life, and my boyfriend is trapped in a fairy tale, and my best friend is hooking up with his clone, I have to prove that two triangles are congruent."

Pretty, classic illustrations of the fairy tale world are interspersed in the story, adding a bit of magic to the book and giving readers a good sense of what it's like to live in the idyllic -- but limited -- world.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the premise. Would you rather live in a beautiful story with limited options or take your chances in the real world where you're mortal?

  • If you had to live in a book or movie, what kind of story would you choose?

  • Off the Page is the second book in a series (after Between the Lines). Do you think there will be more books? If so, what will happen?

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