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.
Writing as Chantel Simmons, Chantel Guertin’s fiction was originally published by Key Porter in 2007 (Stuck in Downward Dog) and 2010 (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.
"Part romance, part tearjerker, part friendship storyØ´his terrific read will capture your heart." Ø“arah Mlynowski, author of Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)
"Refreshingly realistic . . . as good as having Sunday brunch with a girlfriend." ×¦amp;lt;I>Winnipeg Free Press on Stuck in Downward Dog
"A youthful reminder of how complicated yet exciting life really is as a teenagerÆƒhantel Guertin brought me into the world of an emotional girl with personal pressures to succeed and a happy ending that inspires you to live out your dreams." ØŠodi Mercier, freelance producer, MuchMusic and ET Canada
"Where was Pippa Greene when I needed her? As an angsty teen I could have used a heroine as smart, funny, and most importantly, as imperfect as Pippa to give voice to all of my own complicated feelings about growing up. The Rule of Thirds captures perfectly the balancing act between vulnerability and bravado of teenage life." Øƒeri Marsh, co-author of The Fabulous Girl's Guide to Decorum
"Chantel Guertin's lively, funny text at first disguises Pippa's sadness. But with delicate writing and fast-paced plotting, Guertin gradually exposes her character's tragic past. I stumbled through the hospital with Pippa, and I fell in 'total-like' with her two guys, desperately hoping she'd pick the right one, and win the photography competition, and start to deal with her history. Chantel Guertin has created a loveable character with Philadelphia Greene, and a loveable book with The Rule of Thirds." Ølice Kuipers, author of 40 Things I Want To Tell You
"With clever twists that kept me reading, The Rule of Thirds is a beautifully written novel that explores real-life issues through the eyes of a teenager. Once I started, I couldnÓ´ put it down." Øˆeather A. Clark, author of Chai Tea Sunday
"Chantel Guertin's trademark wit is present on each page. A truly compelling read (and fun, too!)"
Ø‹im Izzo, author of The Jane Austen Marriage Manual
"Will have you laughing out loud." ChickLitReviews.com on Love Struck