Basically what I did this morning was reread Between the Lines(which I hadn’t touched since its first year of publication when I was in middle school) and read and finish Off the Page.
I like how the authors didn’t make everything a happily ever after from the first book and decided to continue the story. The magic of the characters isn’t totally explained in this book, but the vague mystery surrounding it makes it more enjoyable to read about, especially when I can apply it to my own life.
We start with Oliver trying to adjust to his life in the Otherworld (or the world of the audience, or OUR world). He has a tough time, but luckily Delilah is there to help him fit in. The romance(s) in this book are as adorable as ever, and I enjoyed reading about the cute couple.
However, the book where Oliver came from isn’t really compatible with Edgar’s rendition of it becoming a space war zone. It’s trying to shape the characters back into the original story and it wants Oliver back. While Delilah and the rest of the cast are trying to fix things, they end up making it worse, with many characters crossing over from the book to real life or vice versa. These interactions were especially fun to read about and I felt like all the characters in the book came off the page in my imagination. Haha, see what I did there?
Continuing on are the large event(s) that happened towards the end of the book. Completely unexpected, but necessary for the storyline and also adds a much needed dose of realism to the book. Unlike the original Between the Lines by Jessamyn Jacobs, real life doesn’t end with a happily ever after. Fortunately, our clever characters manage to turn that fact into an advantage and of course, we end up with a pretty satisfying ending. It’s definitely not a happily ever after, but close enough. ❤
I’m overall quite impressed at what the authors manage to think of after the nicely ended Between the Lines, and I’d definitely recommend this book to people who believe in creating their own happily ever afters.