A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
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?"
The main characters make huge personal sacrifices to protect the ones they love.
Positive Role Models
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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).
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Products & Purchases
One scene takes place in a Victoria's Secret.
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.
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.
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