Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Reviews: Leading Lines

Publish September 24, 2015

When two weeks at Tisch Photography Camp end with a life-altering revelation, Pippa Greene needs just one thing – to rehash the details of her adventure with her boyfriend, Dylan McCutter. Except – he isn’t interested. While she was away, Dylan went on the road with The Cherry Blasters – a rock group that his uncle manages – and suddenly, Dylan no longer seems interested in Pippa’s world. While Dylan is moving on to an exciting, post-high school year of music, groupies, road trips and concerts, Pippa feels left out. She is struggling to repair her relationship with her mother, still grieving the death of her father, worrying that Dylan’s cancer will reappear, and insanely jealous of Dylan’s beautiful new friend, Muse. And, oddly enough, the only person who really listens and understands, is her arch-enemy, Ben Baxter. In the third installment of Chantel Guertin’s Pippa Greene series, Depth of Field, Pippa begins to realize that love is so much more than feelings, and sometimes, it’s not enough. Though Leading Lines lacks the surprise endings of the previous Pippa Greene novels, Guertin’s style is no less engaging, and the suspense (will Pippa end up with Ben or Dylan?) holds true to the last page. Guertin has mastered the millennial voice, and Pippa texts her way through a roller coaster of grief, panic, love, excitement, confusion, and despair without batting an eyelid. Leading Lines is lighter on the technical jargon, and the plot feels a bit loose, but Pippa continues to endear, and her sixteen-year-old tragedies are addicting little soap operas that grown readers will remember, and teen readers will relate to. An open ending suggests the possibility of a fourth in the series.

Leading Lines

Chantel Guertin
ECW Press
ISBN 13: 978-1-77041-232-3

Karen Doerksen
Karen Doerksen Karen Doerksen lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta with her husband and four children. She works for the Edmonton Public Library, and holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alberta.  

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