The Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds

Book - 2013
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With the statewide photography competition only two weeks away, Pippa Greene must finish her portfolio while handling her mandatory volunteering placement at St. Christopher's Hospital, a place Pippa never wanted to set foot in again.
Publisher: Toronto : ECW Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781770411593

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Anita_Dickey
Mar 19, 2019

I read this book to fulfil the goal read a debut novel. i hated it the whole way through until the very end, and then i loved it. it didn't at all turn out the way i expected. i also liked the photography aspect. made the whole thing bearable until i was able to get to the end.

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Jenna_Lambert
Jun 29, 2014

The Rule of Thirds is written by Canadian author Chantel Guertin. It tells the story of an average high-school teen named Philadelphia (Pippa for short) who just wants to make her dream of becoming a photographer come true. Her biggest wish is to attend a two-week-long intense photography camp at Tisch Schools of the Arts in New York. The only way she can make this wish come true is by winning the Vantage Point photography contest, an annual showcase of teenage talent that Pippa has yet to be discovered in. With the contest only in a few short weeks, Pippa is determined to win this year. Her only problem is that she is getting distracted by the boys, Ben and Dylan, who have suddenly made an appearance in her life. These boys make it a struggle for Pippa as she tries to focus on her contest entry when her heart and mind are somewhere else other than her photos. Even more so, the recent passing of her father makes it difficult for aspiring Pippa to reach her goal of being a great photographer, therefore making her dream seem impossible. Can she possibly achieve her dream?

I really enjoyed this novel. There were a lot of humorous parts between Pippa and her best friend Dace, and they both are well-developed and realistic characters. There are also a lot of parts that pull at the heartstrings, such as when Pippa is remembering the past with her father. I thought the book was well written and the characters and setting were all thoughtfully developed, too. My only wish was that Pippa wasn’t as desperate to please the boy she likes-it ends up ruining a lot of things for her and those around her. Either than that, she is still a strong protagonist and the book wouldn’t be the same without her witty comebacks and artful mind. Overall, this book was a nice read, and I’m glad I picked up the book.

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Anita_Dickey
Mar 19, 2019

"i can't remember the last time i felt this way. it's not happy, exactly. it's more of an awareness of not being UNhappy. buoyant. light. something."

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