Synopsis: 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 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.
200words (or less) review: 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 clear later in the book.
There aren’t a lot of surprises in Pippa’s story but that didn’t really matter as I was just enjoying reading it. Pippa’s a good protagonist; she’s believable but not perfect. I don’t know a lot about photography but Pippa’s passion for is clear.
If you’d like a few hours of pleasant escapism The Rule of Thirds won’t let you down.