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February 20, 2013

Review of Pivot Point by Kasie West

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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.

add to goodreadsPivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West
Publication Date:  February 12, 2013
Publisher:  HarperTeen

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Gabby NewThe first thing I want to say about Pivot Point by author Kasie West is that it is a novel like no other. I’ve never read a novel that works out the way Pivot Point does. This is the type of novel that you read and are immediately addicted to because of the twists and turns and the way it’s written. I know that when I say that I love the way a novel is written it could mean a variety of things, I could like the style or the way the characters are portrayed or something along those lines—but I liked the originality of the plot.

Pivot Point takes place in the life of main character Addie Coleman who can see the future and the two possible happenings that she may experience based on a single choice. Pivot Point takes place during one of Addie’s searches where she sees two different futures. After her parents settle to get a divorce, Addie uses her ability as a Searcher to find out which of her two parents new lives will be the most appealing to live in. During her search, Addie looks at a future with her father where she lives outside of the Compound and is surrounding by normal humans who don’t have super psychic powers. In this future, Addie can live a new life and end up with the romantic and loveable Trevor.

However in this future, Addie risks tragedy in exchange for a picture perfect love life. Inside of an alternate future where Addie lives with her mother, she finds herself in a relationship with her school’s best football player Duke. In this future, Addie doesn’t lose the familiarity of her present and also finds herself avoiding the tragedy that plagues her other future however she loses the relationship she had with Trevor. Both futures hold two twisted plans set in motion by people that Addie would least expect and in the end it’s up to Addie to decide what she’s willing to sacrifice by choosing a future that will change everything.

Doesn’t that already sound super cool? While reading the novel, I found myself constantly falling head over heels for the things that happened to Addie (in both universes? futures).  Not only did they totally shock me, but they also had me freaking out for the events that would take place in future chapters (how punny). In Pivot Point almost every other chapter during Addie’s search is set in a different future which leaves readers constantly seeing all the differences in Addie’s life that come with her final choice. My only real issue with this was that I would put the novel down for a few hours, open it up and have absolutely no clue what’s going on because I’ve forgotten which future I’m reading about. Nearing the middle of the book, when Duke and Travis exist in the same chapters, had me totally confused for a few pages until I finally gathered my wits again.

The romance in the novel is the kind that I enjoyed because the scenes were written in a way that made me think of some really good YA romances I’ve read in the past. It’s not subtle or overwhelming and left me falling in love with Trevor more than Duke. Personally, I never liked Duke (he’s Professor X without the chair) and I found that with Addie and Trevor coming from two different worlds that star-crossed situation would definitely play out better than anything that Duke and Addie could share together. Plus, Trevor likes to read comics and plans on making his own, you can’t go wrong with a boy like that.

I’d recommend Pivot Point to readers who are fans of the supernatural YA scene, those of us who want a read that you won’t want to put down will love Pivot Point and readers who are looking for a read that is new compared to everything else will fall for this title.

About the Author:

I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My debut novel, PIVOT POINT, will be published by HarperTeen on February 12, 2013, followed by its sequel in 2014. I also have a contemporary, The Distance Between Us, coming out in the Fall of 2013 with HarperTeen. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.

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12 Comments

  1. Great review. Trevor was pretty awesome. I really wonder where everything goes in the next book.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever
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    Same here! I totally love Trevor!

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  2. Lily
    2/20/2013

    I read Pivot Point the other day and fell in love <3 it's just such an engaging read and the ending blew my mind. Mid point through the book I was thinking it was a good book but then the ending comes and I'm like WAIT!!! THiS IS AMAZING I need book two immediely! Pivot Point was also just brimming with originality and I never once got confused between both of Addie's alternate futures and I loved how certain things overlapped in both her alternate futures! Definitely one of the best yA books of the year especially from a debut author!
    Lily

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    Totally agree with your thoughts! I’m super excited to see what the sequel will have in store!

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  3. Ashley
    2/20/2013

    I am THRILLED that you liked this book!! It’s one of my all time favourites. I had never read any book like it either. The way it’s laid out is so incredible and carefully crafted! Genius!!
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    That it was. It’s definitely higher up on my list of awesome reads! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Natalie Aguirre
    2/20/2013

    So glad you liked this. I did too and like you, found it very unique and a book I couldn’t put down.
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    It was pretty good, wasn’t it!!

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  5. Ailsa
    2/20/2013

    Hmm, I’m not quite sure what I think about the sound of this – I’ll have to look out for more reviews. Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)
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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Thanks for stopping by! I hope you do get a chance to check it out!

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  6. kimbacaffeinate
    2/20/2013

    Sounds like you really enjoyed this, and i’ve added it to my wishlist..i love the sound of the duel plot lines.
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    The duel plot lot is super fun. If you’re down for some serious plot twists, you’re gonna have a good time!

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