Author: Chantel Guertin
Publisher: ECW Press
Publication Date: Oct. 2013- May 22, 2018
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.
❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃
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.
This series is all about photography, which I always love to read. It follows Pippa on her journey to self-discovery and unlocking her past. What really surprised me is the amount of plot twists in each of the books, since they each contain way more excitement than one would expect from 200 page books. This series is fun and relatable, and I would definitely recommend it to those looking for some quick reads.
Pippa is a smart main character with such an entertaining voice. As I was reading, I could feel her genuine passion for photography, which made me appreciate her even more. Pippa’s ambitions make her realistic, and I was rooting for her throughout all four books. She really develops throughout the series, and and I loved watching her grow both as a person and as a photographer.
One of my favourite books in the series is Golden Hour, the latest instalment. In this story, Pippa gets waitlisted to her university of choice and is faced with tough questions about her future. The school is important to her since her father who died of cancer went there, and this motivation made me feel for Pippa. In the book, Pippa learns valuable lessons about her photography style and matures the most compared to the other books in the series. Her voice is as sarcastic as ever, and overall, it is an enjoyable and heartfelt read.