by Chantel Guertin
Stand Alone NovelGenre: Young Adult
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: ECW Press
I received this book at BEA (Book Expo America ’13), from ECW Press, in exchange for an honest review
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 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.
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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 need to vent about one thing that frustrated me. Pippa! She is so oblivious and in her own little world to the point that she doesn’t realize when she says or does something hurtful. I know she’s young, etc. but eesh, I still just wanted to shake some sense into her!
Overall I thought the book was good but it didn’t rock my world.
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5