[Review] Pivot Point by Kasie West

Pivot Point
(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.


24 thoughts on “[Review] Pivot Point by Kasie West”

  1. I’ve been getting pushed to read this book so much and it seems everyone loves it, so I’m putting it on my April TBR, because no more waiting anymore!
    This is a fantastic review Kezia and I’m glad you loved it as much as you did!
    Good look with Split Second! 😀

    1. YOU REALLY HAVE TO!!! Thank you, Amanda!! I can’t wait to know your reaction after you’ve read it 😉 (which I hope will be soon, no pressure though)

  2. I’m quite fascinated by the idea of her “search” ability, though I’m not sure if I would be frustrated or not about the fact that nothing in the book has actually happened yet. It does sounds like a great romance with a mix of sci-fi feels. I will probably pick this one up soon 🙂

  3. Whenever you write a review for a book you love you always fill you’ll never do the book justice haha! I really want to read this book because it’s so popular and the story-line seems really promising.

  4. This book is actually sitting at the library for me right now on the hold shelf =D I think this will be my next read once I finish The Iron King. I’m kind of glad I waited this long to read it because now I can jump right into the second book!

  5. YESSSS, I’m so happy you loved it! I’m a giant fan of this series, and have been pushing Pivot Point onto everyone since last January. And hey, better late than never! The friendship between the girls was one of my favourite parts too.

    1. HIGHFIVE, AMBER! <3 I lent my copy to my friend 2 weeks ago and she ended up LOVING IT SO MUCH! She was actually reading at school so I got to see her reaction reading the whole thing and enduring the gut-wrenching feels ;D My other friend is now interested in it because of us.

    1. Nope, I’m like that too sometimes! 😀 I need to be careful with spending my money and buying paperbacks = more money to buy books. However, there comes a time when I just want to own a hardcover for my fave book >_>

  6. I am so behind 😛 I still need to read this one! Although admittedly, I am vary of the romance. Love triangles are not my thing and I’ve been burned by the whole alternate universe thing a couple of times. :/

    I am glad to hear you enjoyed this though and I am glad to hear it lived up to the hype!

    Great review, Kezia!! 🙂

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

    1. Yeah, love triangles are getting old but this one was feel-inducing! I’ve only read a few parallel universe books and luckily I enjoyed them all. Hopefully you’ll get to pick this one up, Rashika! Give it a chance, please? ^^

  7. So, what you’re trying to say is, I’m going to be asking myself why I didn’t read this sooner, either? I’m hearing so much positive feedback about Kasie West. I have her On the Fence though so I’ll be meeting her writing VERY SOON. And I really can’t wait. I hope to be able to jump in the Kasie West love soon <3

    Faye @ The Social Potato

    1. On the Fence!! <3 I’m dying to read that one, but I hope you’ll love it, Faye! And then maybe after you’ve read it, you can pick up Pivot Point hahaha 😉

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