Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Review: Leading Lines [Pippa Greene #3] by Chantel Guertin

Title: Leading Lines
Author: Chantel Guertin
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Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Series: Pippa Greene #3
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: ECW Press
Publication Date: 13th October 2015
Rating: 3 stars

Tell Me About It
After two drama-filled weeks in Manhattan, Pippa Greene is back. Despite a romantic reunion with boyfriend Dylan, she can’t seem to shake the emotional aftermath of New York. As she navigates parental drama at home and her charged dynamic with Ben Baxter at school, Pippa finds that Dylan is more wrapped up in his post-high-school life of bands, shows, and new friends than in their relationship. Will it survive?

Written with the same humour and heart that made Chantel Guertin’s first two Pippa Greene novels instant favourites, Leading Lines offers a fresh and charming perspective on friendships, family, and first love.
My Thoughts
I have really enjoyed this series so far, so when I saw Leading Lines in NetGalley I knew I had to read it, even if I hadn't quite gotten around to reading the second book yet.

Leading Lines picks up after the previous book, Depth of Field. Pippa is back in school, and after asking Ben not to go, he is back too. But Pippa is finding it hard to settle back into her life. The life that Pippa knew is changing. Her relationship between her Mum is strained thanks to confronting her Mum over a family secret. Her boyfriend is having a year break but she is still in school, thier usual activities no longer keep him satisfied and he has found other interests that Pippa finds hard to like and adjust to. He is becoming distant and unwilling to make an effort for them.

As a book I enjoyed Leading Lines, catching up with Pippa and the rest of the gang and seeing what they are up to now. I enjoyed seeing how the characters have grown and changed throughout the series so far, and really starting to like them more. But I think as a story in a series, it really didn't do much. I felt like Leading Lines predominantly focuses on Pippa and her relationship with Dylan and her Mum. The feelings of betrayal took away the closeness that she used to have with her, and I wish that Pippa would have been more understanding over the issue and not make such a drama out of it. The crumbling relationship with Dylan overshadowed everything, and even when she was doing things without him, it was always in the background, always hovering over everything she did, and I didn't really enjoy the moments where everything was good for her.

Final Verdict
Overall Leading Lines was an OK read, but I felt like it was more of a filler than a third book in the series. I also don't want this to be the end of the series as I want to end it whilst enjoying it.

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