Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Rule of Thirds by Chantel Guertin! Be sure to read to the very end of my post for a fun photo contest from the author and a chance to win a copy of the book!
Sixteen-year-old Pippa Greene never goes anywhere without her camera. She and her best friend/supermodel-in-training Dace long ago mapped out their life plan: Pippa will be the noted fashion photographer, and Dace the cover girl. But ever since last spring, things have changed for Pippa—and her junior year at Spalding High proves to have its own set of challenges. Not only is Vantage Point, the statewide photography competition, in three short weeks, but her mandatory volunteering placement lands her at St. Christopher’s Hospital, a place Pippa never wanted to set foot in again. With humor and pluck, she navigates her new role as a candy striper (watch out for Code Yellows), her changing relationship with her best friend (goodbye, Honesty Pact), and—perhaps most stressful of all—her new love interests (yes, love interests plural). Will Pippa make it to Vantage Point without having a panic attack? Will either one of the guys prove less sketchy than her last boyfriend? Can she and Dace figure out a way to dream big and be best friends? One thing is certain: real life is a lot more complicated than a photograph.
As soon as I sat down with The Rule of Thirds, I knew I was in for something special. Pippa Green is an extremely lovable character. Funny, a bit sarcastic, talented and very caring. She wants to be a photographer one day and takes her gift seriously. Her personality just dripped off the pages and made me feel like I was listening to a friend tell me a story rather than reading it in a book. I wanted to know everything about her and needed to know that she was going to be okay.
Even though a huge part of this story is the photography contest that Pippa is determined to win, what I most loved about this story was her relationships with Dylan and Ben. I know, it's the dreaded love triangle. But you know what? These do actually exist. It is possible to like two people at once, especially if they are completely different from each other. I know as a teenage girl I had my fair share of crushes and just because you may like one person a little bit more, it doesn't mean that you automatically shut off attraction to other people. It's natural. Now what you choose to do with those feelings is completely different, but I truly enjoyed watching Pippa trying to navigate her own thoughts and figure out just what it was she really wanted. especially because Pippa's inner monologue is pretty hilarious.
Even though the book isn't very long, less than 200 pages, that doesn't mean that the story is lacking. It's emotional, witty, and you are guaranteed to come away with a smile on your face. If I didn't know better, I would think that this book was in fact written by a teenage girl. The author did an incredible job voicing Pippa and making her character believable for her age.
Overall, I absolutely loved everything about The Rule of Thirds. Pippa's story is heart-breaking yet beautiful at the same time. I'm so thankful to have been able to take part in this tour and help spread the word about this amazing story. I am now on the hunt for all of Chantel Guertin's other books and will immediately devour any other releases after this.
I very, very highly recommend The Rule of Thirds to everyone, especially lovers of Young Adult. Don't miss this!
About Chantel Guertin:
Chantel Guertin is an author, beauty expert and magazine editor. Her first novel (written as Chantel Simmons), Stuck in Downward Dog, came out in 2007, and was a Winnipeg Free Press bestseller, a Chatelaine Best Beach Book and Book of the Month, and a Vancouver Sun Editor’s Choice. Her second novel, Love Struck, came out in 2010, and was also a bestseller in Canada.
Chantel is currently the Editor-at-Large of TheKit.ca, a monthly digital fashion & beauty magazine & weekly print feature in the Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette & Vancouver Sun, a beauty expert on The Marilyn Denis Show and faculty at Centennial College in the Book & Magazine publishing program, where she teaches magazine writing and editing courses.
Chantel Guertin is hosting a fun photo contest! Go here for the details and enter to win!
One print copy of The Rule of Thirds. Open to US/CAN only, ends 10/14. Prize provided by the publisher.
*Be sure to check out the rest of the tour stops and giveaways here*
*I received this book for free in exchange of my honest review. This did not influence my opinion in any way and all views and opinions expressed are 100% my own.