The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Off the Page

  



     Later today, I'm heading to a book club meeting. A book club of just two--my granddaughter and me.

       A couple of years ago I read Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer's Between the Lines. (Samantha van Leer is Picoult's daughter.) It's a YA/tween book about a girl and her fairy tale book. The twist: the characters are tired of doing the same things over and over, many of them are unhappy with their role, and when the book is closed after the girl goes to sleep, the characters are free to move around in the book's scenery.

      The girl, of course, falls in love with the prince, and the two of them try to get him out of the book and into her life in a real life way.

       Off the Page is the sequel. My granddaughter gobbled up Between, and for Christmas, I gave both of us a copy of Off the Page.

        We're meeting for a late lunch so we can discuss the first four chapters. And I'm a chapter behind.

          I gotta leave and read...

16 comments:

  1. That's cool that you two do this.

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    1. Shay--She's quite an exceptional young lady, so it was a blast. She's smart and spunky and a voracious reader.

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  2. What fun you have ahead today!! I have not read this, but I have read many of Picoult's other books.

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    1. Claudia--You should read "Between the Lines" is you're interested in a different take on fairy tales. It kept me reading and is clever.

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  3. A chapter behind?

    Well, at least you didn't knock on the door of people who rented the movie, and take their daughter's seat on the white couch, then spill grape juice on it.

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    1. Val--No, but I did hear that Andy Williams did the soundtrack for the proposed movie version...

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  4. Well, this is just fabu--sharing a book with your granddaughter? I can't think of a better legacy than passing along a love of reading!

    Also, I'm adding this book to my TBR pile right now. I mean, HOW did I miss this one??? (Thanks, Sioux!)

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    1. Cathy--Be sure to read "Between the Lines" first. I think it's one you'll save for a future granddaughter...

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  5. Sioux, what a marvelous way for a writer to inspire a future writer. This is the ultimate grandma gift, and a wonderful memory maker.

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    1. Linda--I imagine you're talking about making memories for HER, since my memory fails me often. ;)

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  6. What a wonderful idea! I love that you're sharing with your granddaughter a love for books.

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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    1. Pat--Thankfully, my granddaughter already got the love of books passed down genetically from her mom (my daughter).

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  7. A lovely joint activity for you and your granddaughter. I'm envious. No grandchildren here...STILL. *sigh*

    I have to admit that I'm probably one of the only people on the planet who isn't crazy about Jodi Picoult. I've read a couple of her books and wasn't crazy about them---probably because I'm a happily-every-after kind of lady and her books promise no such ending. But this sounds right up my alley and I think I'll check it out, after I read a certain couple of books by Leonard Pitts, Jr. and Sue Monk Kidd. I'm up to my eyeballs in romance first, though, because I'm helping judge the RITA awards. But after that...those two books are first on my list.

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    1. Lisa--Well, I hate to be a spoiler, but the Pitts book and the Kidd book don't have a happily-ever-after ending either. But there is some justice, and SOME of the characters end up, well...semi-happy.

      Sorry.

      Maybe you want to pass on those books to a trusted friend to have them pre-read them? To see if they'd pass the Lisa Test?

      Think about it.

      And as for grandkids, thank goodness you DON'T have grandchildren right now. You don't have the time to spoil them. And really, grammies MUST spoil and fawn over grandkids.

      Perhaps when your fingers are worn down to the nubbin? Maybe when you've finished your 19th series of books? THEN you could become a grammy...

      Until then, enjoy the ride you're on. It must be exhilarating.

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  8. MZ--It was fun. And tomorrow we're meeting again.

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