The Rule of Thirds by Chantel Guertin: Book Review

The Rule of Thirds

Obtained: ECW Press
Pages: 196
Publish date: October 1, 2013
Rating: ★★★★

When I first heard the plotline of The Rule of Thirds, I was skeptical as to whether or not I would like it. The story sounds sort of typical YA when you first read a summary, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.

The Rule of Thirds tells the story of Pippa Greene, a high school student and die-hard photographer. She and her best friend Dace, fashion-model-to-be, are working together on her portfolio for the big photography competition, Vantage Point – but Pippa would rather photograph things that remind her of her father, rather than keep to their theme of fashion. Of course, there are boy troubles, friend troubles, and an interesting plot about dealing with tragedy.

As I read the first couple chapters of the book, as I said, I was skeptical. I was critical of everything the characters said and did. But after a while, I stopped hating Pippa because she was a typical teenage girl and started loving Guertin for being able to write as a teenage girl. I was impressed with how much this book made me realize that I was like that not too many years ago, and that as lame as it may seem to current-Michelle, boys were at the root of many of my motivations when I was fifteen.

My favourite bits of the book though were twofold: I loved the photography references. As someone who enjoys photography myself, I learned a few good tips for taking photos, but I was also able to appreciate the technique in Pippa’s style – able to imagine it as though I was looking at her photos instead of reading about them. I also really enjoyed the plot that followed Pippa dealing with the tragedy that struck her family. It added a lot of depth to who I assumed was a flat character at the beginning, and it made me sympathize with her.

Overall, I’m glad I kept reading, and I cannot wait to dig into the next two books in the series!

The Rule of Thirds is available online at Chapters Indigo, Book Depository, and Kobo.


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