Review * Pivot Point by Kasie West

July 25, 2013 Reviews 14 ★★★★★

Review * Pivot Point by Kasie WestPivot Point by Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #1
Published by HarperTeen on February 12, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 343
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Split Second
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five-stars
Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

What I Thought…

  • Pivot Point completely blew me away. I don’t even know where to begin my review, it was that amazing.
  • For me at least the concept of Pivot Point was unique. I’ve never read anything similar so it was fresh and different and I loved it!
  • Addie lives at the Compound, where people who have special mind abilities (mood changer, memory eraser, lie detector, etc) live away from the “normal” people.  Addie’s parents are getting a divorce and her father has decided to leave the Compound and live in the normal world and Addie has to decide if she wants to stay at the Compound with her mom or live in the “normal” world with her father. Addie is a searcher so when she has to make a choice she can see the outcome of each choice in the future before she makes it. Because this choice is so serious she decides to search six weeks into the future, which is a lot for her.
  • I was worried that I would be a little confused with the two choices, but it’s very clear as to whether she is living in the “paranormal” world or in the “normal” world. Even though she is looking at two different choices, there is one storyline that pops up in both choices and I was fascinated with how that developed. You see bits and pieces throughout both choices that you can kind of piece together, but not enough (for me anyway) to figure out the end.
  • West keeps you on your toes! Every time I thought I figured out which choice Addie would make something happened to change my mind. I went back and forth quite a bit throughout the book.
  • There are two boys, but it’s not a love triangle. In the “paranormal” world Addie has Duke, the quarterback. At first she isn’t so into him, but he slowly wins her over. In the “normal” world Addie has Trevor, who used to play football but hasn’t been able to play since he got hurt, he also has a bit of a nerdy side. It took me quite a while to settle on which guy I liked better, but I do not regret my choice!
  • I absolutely loved both sides of Addie. Even though she was on two different paths she was still her. I love how she struggled with her abilities while others seemed to relish theirs. I also felt like I could really connect with Addie. We’ve all been in that place where you have to make a decision and we all know how hard it is to make the right choice. As much as I wish I could have Addie’s ability so that I know beforehand what the right choice is I can see the drawbacks of being able to see the future.
  • I sometimes struggled with Addie’s best friend Laila. She was likeable in the “paranormal” choice but less likeable in the “normal” world. Part of this is because she wasn’t physically there and her and Addie were slowly growing apart and Laila’s attitude began changing. All was not well in the “paranormal” world between them though.

Overall I completely LOVED Pivot Point and you should definitely read it!

Notable Quotes

“I don’t care when people think I’m an antisocial, controlling, bookworm because that’s what I am. It’s when they interpret me wrong that I have a problem.”

“One person can’t change the future. Do you know how many people and things are involved in every major event that happens? Sure, you might be able to change some of the minor aspects of a day, but ultimately things that are going to happen, if you go along a certain path, do happen.”

Kimberly

14 Responses to “Review * Pivot Point by Kasie West”

  1. Petty Witter

    Well you don’t get much better a recommendation than this. Hoping the reserve list at the library isn’t too long.

    Thanks for my copy of Red Winter, I received my copy yesterday.
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  2. Jenny

    I’ve heard nothing but good things about this one so I bought it the other day. Can’t wait to read it!

  3. Courtney

    I love the movie Sliding Doors and this plot is obviously very similar to it but with paranormal elements! Normally, the paranormal elements are not the aspects of a novel that are going to make me come a running, but because I love the concept so much I might just have to read this one!

    • Kimberly

      It has paranormal elements, but it’s more in the background. The elements are not all in your face, it’s more the reason why Addy can do what she can do. You’ll love it. I promise.

    • Kimberly

      You are totally correct about friendships. Most of mine did not survive the move from WI to VA. Sad fact of life :(

  4. Olivia

    I want to read this book so badly. Great review, I didn’t think it was possible to want to read it anymore than I already did, but you proved me wrong :)

  5. Tina

    I’ve read a few reviews on this book and totally want to check it out. It’s in my stack of pleasure reads for the next few months (when I can fit them in).

    However, I can’t STAND love triangles. Thank god this one sounds a bit different.

    Thanks for the review! Nice one.
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