Blog Tour Review: Depth of Field by Chantel Guertin

I'm very excited today to be part of the blog tour for Chantel Guertin's Depth of Field, the sequel to The Rule of Thirds. Thanks ECW Press for having me on the tour!

To start us off, here's a bit about the book:
Depth of Field by Chantel Guertin.

Pippa Greene #2.
Published: August 12, 2014
by: ECW Press.
Source: Received a review copy for review consideration for the tour. Thanks ECW Press!

Goodreads Synopsis:
Two weeks in New York City should be the time of Pippa’s life: she’s attending the prestigious Tisch Photography Camp, her boyfriend, Dylan McCutter (two months and counting!) is coming with her, and their parents are 500 miles away. Talk about lights, camera, (swoony, unchaperoned) action! But what should be 14 unforgettable days of bliss turns into chaos when her one and only nemesis, Ben Baxter, proves to be surprisingly more complex than she could’ve ever imagined, and her Tisch mentor, a renowned photographer, seems to have a lot more to do with her parents’ past than anyone wants her to know. Is Pippa out of her depth?
Picking up where she left off in The Rule of Thirds, Pippa Greene returns in Depth of Field, in a story full of the same heart, comedic touches, and romance that made readers fall in love with Chantel Guertin’s charming YA series. 

My Review:

I'm really glad I got the chance to get back into Pippa's world. Much like The Rule of Thirds, Depth of Field is a short and sweet read that has a little more going on than you originally think. In fact, DoF takes it even further, which made it a great read about a girl finding her place - in more ways than one.

There are two major plot focuses in this story and they intertwine perfectly. Pippa is in New York for the Tisch Photography Camp to pursue her passion. What she finds there in her mentor is a lot more than just some photography tips, though, as he has a very interesting and unexpected tie to her parents' past. I loved reading the parts about the Tisch camp (and the NYC setting was so fun, though I could have done with a little less of the constant street name dropping) because Guertin made their assignments fun and interesting but also gave room for character development within their structure. The biggest impact on Pippa, though, comes from getting to know her Tisch mentor, David. A college friend of her late father's, David holds a lot of secrets about the past that he shared with her parents and while Pippa goes in looking for a way to connect to who her dad was in college, she gets a lot more than she bargained for when she uncovers one of David's - and her parents' - biggest secrets. This was a great twist and I think Guertin played it out in a smart and impacting way. For a short book, the plot really moved well and kept me interested and invested.

The characters really help Guertin's story shine as they feel quite realistic, if slightly dramatic on occasion. Pippa herself continues to be an interesting and very real main character. She certainly makes mistakes but at least she tries to learn from them. Honestly, I think that's all you can ask of a teenager. She came alive in DoF much like she did in The Rule of Thirds and seeing her grow here - learning to forgive and mature and come into her photography even more - was wonderful. Her best friend Dace, while not present for most of the book, still has her moments and proves once again to be a fantastic friend to Pippa. I hope to see more of her and more of their friendship in the next book (and I'd love to see Pippa support Dace through something since Dace is always there for her). The new boyfriend from the end of TRoT, Dylan, isn't in DoF much either, which I was bummed about, but this let he-of-questionable-character Ben Baxter have his moment in the spotlight to show Pippa who he really is. I very much enjoyed seeing him become much more three-dimensional in this sequel and I'm interested to see where he goes from here. Pippa better sort out her feelings!

With a cliff-hanger ending that leaves Pippa's and readers' hearts on the line, I'm definitely looking forward to what should be an intense third book for our dear main character. Anyone who is looking for some quick and fun reads but still wants to find a reason to get invested in a story and a character's journey need look no further than Guertin's Pippa Greene series.

Make sure you check out the rest of the tour. Some of the stops are offering giveaways of this great read, so go enter!

Words of Mystery - Friday, August 1 - Giveaway & Review
Sukasa Reads - Saturday, August 2 - Review & Giveaway
Stay Bookish - Monday, August 4 - Tisch Camp post, Dream Cast, Giveaway
Booking it with Hayley G - Tuesday, August 5 - Excerpt & Giveaway
The Book Belles - Wednesday, August 6 - Review
Read My Breath Away - Thursday, August 7 - Review
Write All the Words! - Friday, August 8 - Review & Guest Blog
Ramblings of a Daydreamer - Sunday, August 10 - Review & giveaway
The Book Bratz - Monday, August 11 - Review & Giveaway

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