Pivot Point by Kasie West

March 28, 2013 Young Adult Book Reviews 6

pivotTitle: Pivot Point [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: ARC
Pages: 343
Release Date: February 12, 2013
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
One Line: A very interesting take on teens with super powers that was fun to read.

About the Book: 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.

The synopsis of Pivot Point really drew me in and I have to say that the book itself is even better! Kasie does an outstanding job and brings a unique take to the world of teens with supernatural powers. At first I was worried that I would get confused going back and forth between the two “alternate realities”, as Kasie bounces from chapter to chapter, but she did an exceptional job and the plot flowed smoothly and seamlessly. I really liked how both realities reached this one common point in the book and it was cool to see both sides of that event. The concept itself is interesting enough, and Kasie will have you fully absorbed into her story from beginning to end.

Addie is a really great character and I liked her right from the start. Her power is pretty cool, too. As you’re taken through each reality and the story unfolds, you see Addie really develop and mature. Her decision in the end was so touching and heartbreaking, but it was just right. It totally made me love and respect her more. You don’t really get from the synopsis how important her choice will be, how many lives will be affected by it, and I loved that it turned into so much more than I was expecting. I definitely related to her, a lot. Addie is a good girl, she’s loyal and caring. I like how she handled her relationship with her parents and their whole dynamic was very interesting.

I’d say my favorite part of the book, besides the fledging romance, was the subtle twist in plot, two-thirds of the way in. Just when you think you’ve figured out what’s going on and who is who, Kasie surprises you. I did kind of suspect some things, but was pleasantly shocked when all things were revealed. As for the romance, it was so sweet and innocent, and I really liked how it progressed. In both realities, she has a pretty great guy when you think about it, but I was definitely happy with who she chose in the end.

I loved that I was drawn in right from the start and plot never seemed to bore me. Yes, supernatural powers has been done before, but Kasie’s entertaining plot line and great set of characters made all the difference and it was really refreshing. I really enjoyed this debut and can’t wait to see what this author comes up with next.

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6 Responses to “Pivot Point by Kasie West”

  1. Magen Corrie

    Okay, I wasn’t sure if I should start this one. I was back and forth with it, but after reading your review, I think I need to pick it up!! Oh yes!!

    Great Review!!

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