The Rule of Thirds

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - BOOKS -

By Chantel Guertin ECW Press, 220 pages, $10 PIPPA Greene is a 16-yearold high school ju­nior who is crazy about photography. She’ss de­ter­mined to win a lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion - to get a spot at Tisch, the me­dia arts pro­gram at Neww York Univer­sity. When Ben, a new stu­dent, askssks to join the photography club, shehe finds he’s in­ter­ested in more thanhan tak­ing pic­tures. What gives this young adult book a deeper di­men­sion is Pippa’s after­school aftero vol­un­teer as­sign­ment to the can­cer ward of the lo­cal hos­pi­tal,tal, the very place her fa­ther suc­cumbedumbed to can­cer the year be­fore. As she fights panic at­tacks inn the hos­pi­tal and gets to know Dy­lan,an, a young man who seems to spendd a lot of time there, she comes to termsrms with her grief and anger and finds a new fo­cus for her photography. Guertin is a Toronto res­i­dentt who has writ­ten two adult nov­els. The scenes bend,

be­tween Pippa and her best friend, Dace, are lively and amus­ing and shoul­dould ring true with teenage read­ers.

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