(Pivot Point #1)
Author: Kasie West
Publication: February 12th, 2013 by HarperTeen
Page count: 343 (Paperback)
Genre: YA – Contemporary, Paranormal
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.
Seriously, Pivot Point was almost flawless. It lived up to the hype and I’m so disappointed with myself why I read it SO LATE but then I’m also super glad that I gave it a chance anyway. To be honest, I have no idea how to write this review because I know that it will never do the book any justice, but let’s see my attempt, shall we?
“One little choice can make all the difference.”
Our main character Addie can see the future by living the outcomes of both choices and then she picks the better one. When her parents announce their divorce, Addie is left feeling conflicted about with whom she’s going to stay – with her mother in the “secret society” where she’s always lived, or move with her dad to the outside world – so she does a Search six weeks into the future. Hence, Pivot Point switches between two alternating outcomes. It may sound perplexing but trust me, it wasn’t at all. The only thing that left me slightly confused was the Compound part but anyway, it didn’t take my enjoyment much.
Addie is a fantastic character that I would really love to be friends with. I mean, she’s bookish and cool and I found her narration to be extremely enjoyable. The relationship between Addie and Laila is also worth noting. I liked that their affection toward each other really shows from their interaction despite their mistakes.
From the first time I read the synopsis, I was already drawn in by the fresh premise and fortunately, it was perfectly executed. I loved the way the things are related and seeing things play out differently in both outcomes. And to spice things up a bit, there is a romance in both outcomes. Though I admit, I favored one of them more than the other. It’s just way sweeter and more build-up and definitely something worth investing on and so asdfghjgfdgh;
Having finished Pivot Point and coming out completely loving it, I am SO determined to read the rest of Kasie West’s books. Pivot Point is a promising start of a duology and I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on Split Second. Hopefully the paperback version will come out quickly so that I’ll have a matching set of the series. HA HA. Or we can just wait till I get too impatient and order the hardcover instead *shrugs* That’s it. I’ve lost my patience. I’m ordering this on my next online purchase.
My review might only be a tiny drop in a sea of 4 and 5 stars reviews, but if you have not started it yet, I will gladly push you to read it. Because people, this thing is jewel. Enough said.