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The Rule of Thirds

(Pippa Greene #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  391 ratings  ·  87 reviews
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 on ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by ECW Press
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Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This past Sunday, Indigo in Toronto was giving away books for the Indigo Teen ARCs Day! I was able to grab this book called The Rule of Thirds by Chantel Guertin, who is a Toronto author! The book will come out October 2013 but I was happy to have the chance to read this book in advance. Personally I thought that this story would be a silly one considering the topic, a teen girl who has a passion for photography and wants to win a statewide photography competition, but it's more than that. Not o ...more
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Originally posted at Stay Bookish

I’ll give it straight to you: I loved this book. I was not acquainted with the author before but when I saw the lovely cover (hello to that gorgeous vintage TLR) and read the synopsis- my gut (which I trust most of the time) told me I was going to enjoy this. And I did! Boy, did I enjoy it!

He punches me lightly in the arm. Punch. In. The. Arm. Yessss… Dace doesn’t know what she’s talking about. Punch in the arm = total, uncontrollable, physical attraction.

Did I w
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
I have always been attracted to books about photography, so the Pippa Greene series by Chantel Guertin intrigued me right off the bat. This series is all about discovering who you truly are, and the main character is so relatable. I especially enjoyed Golden Hour, since Pippa’s transformation is evident. I would definitely recommend this series, and each of the books are short and sweet.

Full Series Review on The Candid Cover
I loved this book...

Pippa is smart and snarky as hell. She has an awesome inner monologue [that never ever shuts up], and can be slightly awkward around people. But she is fiercely loyal and wants the best for everyone she cares about.

Dylan is adorable. I wanted to jump in and squeeze him right from the beginning. The dates, the text messages...all of it was perfection.

There was something that I really didn't like and that was how one MAJOR thing was resolved. Or unresolved for that matter. I
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
I wasn't sure if I'd like this book when I first started reading it, but I grew to love it! Pippa is a realistic character who I found sometimes over the top, but I guess I was at that age, too. the loved the photography references. Some of the romantic subplot was a little too cliche for me, but still entertaining! ...more
Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Nose Graze — Young Adult book reviews

There are things I liked about The Rule of Thirds and there are things I really didn't like. Let's start with the good!

I loved the photography aspect of this book; that's actually why I read it in the first place! I love photography myself so it was awesome to read a book about a girl who also loves it. I do kind of wish that there was more time of actual photo taking. There were only two or three real photo shoot scenes, and I would have liked to see mor
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, 2014, gratis
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.

*Contains some spoilers*

What I liked: This book unwaveringly captures the voice of today's teens. I normally am not a fan of "teen slang" but I found myself chuckling at many of the teen inspired phrases. " Short affection span" being my favourite.

This book highlights many of the issues that teenagers have to go through. The relationships between Pippa and those close to her are very accurate and i felt
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A truly enjoyable read. Great characters (I want to be BFFs with Pippa and I think I have a crush on Dylan McCuter, I mean McCutter) and an engaging plot. Chantel Guertin did an excellent job of blending a light, fun romance with the serious story of a teen girl dealing with her father's death from cancer. It's not easy to write a book that's this funny AND this sad and serious, but she completely pulled it off. ...more
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
Meh. Good guy turns bad. Bad guy turns good. Same old high school story. Oh there’s cancer, too.
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Nov 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020, audio-book-2020
Dnfing and moving on. I cannot stand the MC's immature voice and attitude. I have too many other books I'd rather be reading. ...more
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
GENRE: Young Adult
THEME: Contemporary, Romance, Art

An emotional journey for one young teen that deals with love, betrayal, and discovery through a camera. This is a story that will have readers rooting for the protagonist to find some happiness and discover her strength.

The Rule of Thirds follows Pippa Green a talented young photographer who is always glued to her camera. She and her best friend Dace made a pack for their future, one th
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour, arc
The Rule of Thirds follows our rather charming protagonist, Philadelphia "Pippa" Greene as she follows her passion, tries to navigate her changing relationship with her best friend, and gets to know some cute boys along the way. It is an honest and occasionally quirky story that was really great to read.

Pippa herself is a unique young woman with a very fun and relatable inner voice that makes her an excellent narrator. She has her own harmless little oddities as well as more serious anxiety and
4-1/2 stars.

A modified version of this review, complete with more quotes and beautiful Dream Cast, also appears on Swoony Boys Podcast.

I want to start off by saying that I wanted to get my hands on this book since I heard about it, and it was close to the top of my list to grab at BEA. I'm so glad I read it. I loved this book!

Despite recently dealing with some life-altering changes, sixteen year old photog Pippa Greene desperately wants to win Vantage Point, a photography competition that comes
This review was originally posted on my blog, Ramblings of a Daydreamer. You can find it, and many more reviews at the blog.

Pippa Greene is a 16-year-old photography lover. Photography was something special she shared with her father, and he passed his passion for it on to her. The Rule of Thirds is laid out like a countdown of the weeks leading up to Vantage Point, a photography contest with a cash prize, but more importantly, a spot at a photography camp at the college Pippa’s dad went to in N
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I had not heard of Chantel before, but when I spotted The Rule of Thirds on netgalley I knew it was something I wanted to read.
The protagonist of The Rule of Thirds is Pippa Greene, photo editor of the school newspaper and president of the photo club. She is also entering into a photography competition to win five grand and go to Tisch Camp.

The Rule of Thirds has a lot of pieces to the story, that all seem to blend well and keep you guessing over what is happening. To make it easier to keep trac
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
An actual book about a photographer! How many times do you find a YA book like that? Pippa (actual name Philadelphia ~ I know it's an awesome name) is a photographer getting ready for Vantage Point, a competition that can land her for two whole weeks in a photography school in New York. Needless to say she's dying to go because it can be her ticket to a great photography school and it's an opportunity of a lifetime. Then in walks Ben Baxter, a cute new guy to the competition that loves photograp ...more
Amber (The Book Bratz)
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, 2014-reads
This review and more can be found at The Book Bratz

Looking for a short, easy, entertaining summer read? Then this book is for you. I whipped through is pretty quickly at the beach and enjoyed every minute of it.

I loved the photography and the story behind it, how it was something she shared with her father before he died of cancer a few months earlier. I just wished there was a few more scenes with her doing the photography.

I didn't like Ben (One of the love interests) there was something abo
E. Anderson
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
In the wake of a pretty crappy year, Pippa Green knows what she wants more than ever. She wants to be a photographer her dad would be proud of. She wants to win the regional award that could get her accepted into Tisch camp, run by the arts school at NYU. And she wants her panic attacks to go away. Forever.

But just when Pippa starts to feel like things are going back to normal, a few things start to shake the ground beneath her feet. For one thing, the new guy at school, Ben Baxter, is seriously
Pippa’s main goal is to win the photography competition, Vantage Point so she could atten Tisch, her dream school. Not to mention, her volunteer placement ends up being in a place which holds dire memories she world rather forget. Enter in her crush whom she thought would never see again and another boy who’s new to town, her life starts to get busy and problematic in more ways than one.

I liked Pippa enough even though she would have completely selfish and snarky thoughts. Just like most younger
Michelle Wrona

DNF @ 62 pages.

I didn't like this book. At 62 pages, I decided that it wasn't for me so I put it down. I mean, it could've been amazing, if I was in the mood and liked those sort of things. But this was just one of those below-average contemporaries that are boring and predictable. Why waste my time reading this?

This is probably the only 1 star review created. Well, I'm #sorrynotsorry to say that I don't even care! Haha! *giggles like a fool*

This was about a chick named Pippa (short f
Hayley G
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-arcs
I feel I should mention that The Rule of Thirds has and will always hold a very special in my heart. I had the amazing opportunity to beta read The Rule of Thirds, when it was still in it's early stages of development, for Chantel, and I loved it then, and I love it even more now!

The Rule of Thirds is a fresh, quick read with a loveable and quirky heroine that everyone will want to be best friends with. Guertin will more than satisfy readers with her terrific blend of friendship/family, life cha
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Review also published on my blog at

I would love to be good at photography. I did have an SLR camera at one point, but I was too lazy to carry it anywhere (it was massive). My digital camera suits me just fine, but after a year I still have no idea how to use most of its features, and I use it way less than I would like to. So straight away I relate to Pippa, who has the confidence to photograph pretty much anything, and quite often has a camera slung roun
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Chantel does it again! This book was a page turner. I devoured it during my commutes, absolutely invested and immersed in what was going on in the pages - especially towards the end, when one thing after another happened.

The story keeps you wanting to read more; there's always something going on. It blends the difficulty of losing a loved one with the fun of high school and bonding with your best friend, plus it throws in the must-have elements of romance. And Pippa's photography theme - it bri
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was so much better than I expected it to be. I had expected myself to enjoy it, but I hadn't expected to feel so many emotions while reading it. But while I did really like it, this book had a few problems too.

The Rule of Thirds is a little on the short side, so I didn't feel like I had a lot of time to connect with the characters as the story was moving rather quickly. I felt like I connected more with the situations that the characters were going through, like trying to be honest wit
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

I love the photography aspect of this book since it has been a hobby of mine off and on for the past few years. Right now I’m in an ‘off’ phase but reading this book has made me want to pick up my camera and get snapping. I could imagine the pictures that were described and I could feel the pride that Pippa had in her work.

There’s obviously more to the story than the photography but that’s the part I enjoyed most. I do nee
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
I really enjoyed this book. The Rule of Thirds is about a girl, Pippa, who loves photography and is landed in an unwanted volunteer position and has 2 love interests. I wasn't originally going to read it because of the romance, but I love photography so I decided to give it a shot (no pun intended :P). It was easy to relate to the main character, Pippa (ew, mandatory volunteer hours. I don't like them either). I loved her voice and the book was well balanced between humor and the seriou
Sep 06, 2013 rated it liked it
When I saw The Rule of Thirds on Netgalley I thought it sounded fun. I was a little concerned that the story would feel incomplete as it’s a relatively short book but that wasn’t the case. The Rule of Thirds is an easy read with Pippa providing the narration.

Pippa is assigned a volunteering placement at St. Christopher’s Hospital, all students at her High School have to do this but Pippa’s is afraid of the hospital. Her first day she suffers from a panic attack, the reasons behind this becomes c
Joelle Anthony
Nov 13, 2013 rated it liked it
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Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
I first picked this book up, because I liked the cover and the title sounded interesting. I love photography, and I had never read a fiction book based on it. When I actually read it though, I did not enjoy it very much. It was kind of flat, and I didn't really like the characters that much. There was no real character development. And then there was the ending, where nothing was resolved. (view spoiler) ...more
Keanna (JustKey)
This was such a great coming of age book that was quite easy to read. Pippa just lost her dad recently and how she has to deal with not only panic attacks, but as well as her friendship with her best friend, Dace and relationships.

For those who are photography buffs you will love this book. It shows how sometimes in life you have to look at it in a different perspective and maybe you're not following the rule of thirds.

I can't wait to see what awaits Pippa in the next book.

Here's my video revie
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