Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 13 to 17
A fresh voice in YA fiction brings a charming heroine to life in this series debut
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 volunteer placement lands her at St. Christopher’s Hospital, a place Pippa never wanted to set foot in again. With humour 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.
About the author
Chantel Guertin is the bestselling author of two adult novels — Stuck in Downward Dog and Love Struck. She’s a beauty expert on The Marilyn Denis Show and editor-at-large at The Kit. Her work has been published in numerous publications including ELLE Canada, FASHION, Maclean’s, TV Guide, The National Post, Best Health, Reader’s Digest, Tribute, Canadian Family, HGTV.ca, FoodNetwork.com, and WNetwork.com. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
“It's like that perfect photograph: it might have all the right components but it's up to the photographer to see the art within and rearrange them to resonate for both the artist and the audience. Chantel Guertin has accomplished that for the young adult reader, balancing fears, grief, romance, friendship, angst, ambitions and common sense, in different proportions to produce a picture that works.” — Can Lit for Little Canadians
"If the fall makes you nostalgic for back-to-school, you'll love this teen read from Canadian author Chantel Guertin that delves into the life of a high-school student — while also covering deeper territory than just crushes and clothes ... You'll fall in love with this genuine young heroine as she experiences the ups and downs of being a teen while dealing with the loss of her dad." — Best Health Magazine
"If you like stories about trying to find yourself while dealing with the ultimate grief of losing a parent, like Eileen Cool's Unraveling Isobel, then you won't be able to put this one down." — FAZE
"Chantel Guertin's trademark wit is present on each page. A truly compelling read (and fun, too!)" — Kim Izzo, author of The Jane Austen Marriage Manual
A story of friendship.There was a lot more to the story than that, like love and loss. Things we all experience in life. There was a couple of extra cool things too, but you have to read the story to find out what they are.
I like Pippa Greene. A lot. She has a pretty good head on her shoulders. Not that she's perfect, far from it, but she is a well-developed and complex character. This story was a great start to the series. I hope in the next book, Ben gets what's coming to him. The one thing I hate more than a liar, is a thief. I look forward to reading about what comes to him.