“Just so you know, when they say “once upon a time” … they’re lying.
What would you do if a character in the book you were reading suddenly started talking to you? And you could see them move?
You’d think you’ve gone crazy, right?
So does Delilah in this book when it’s protagonist, Prince Oliver, begins to talk to her. The thing is, she’s not crazy. Oliver really is talking to her. She learns that there’s more to the book once it’s closed; the characters are free to do their own thing when the book is closed, and Oliver is sick of it. He wants out of his prison to be free to do whatever he wants.
Together, Delilah and Oliver try to figure out how to get him out of the book. All the while they find themselves falling for the other, but they soon realize that getting to their happily ever is easier said than done.
I love the idea of the characters in a book having their own lives when the book is closed, even if it’s quite like Toy Story. However, as a book lover, this idea is more appealing to me. (Plus they can’t harm you since they’re trapped, ha) It was interesting to see what the characters were really like when they weren’t playing acting.
Along with the book characters being alive, the romance between Delilah and Oliver was another part of the story I enjoyed. Come on, we’ve all fallen in love with a fictional character or two… can you even imagine if they could fall in love with you too? The fact that Picoult and her daughter took this concept and wrote a book about it … amazing.
What was interesting about this book was that you not only read from Delilah and Oliver’s points of views, but you also got to read scenes from the actual fairy-tale book that serves as Oliver’s home. We might not get the entire fairy-tale, but you can get the gist of it from the parts we’re given.
It was easy to get lost in this story. The characters are all lovable and the style of writing makes for an easy read. This could easily be a stand alone book, and maybe it was intended to be one since it doesn’t end on a cliffhanger… however, I’m excited to continue with Delilah and Oliver’s story in the sequel, Off the Page.