Apr 15, 2013

Pivot Point by Kasie West Review

Pivot Point by Kasie West
(Pivot Point, #1)
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen; 352 pages
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.

This book was so unique and such a page turner. Addie (or Addison) lives in the Compound along with everyone else who has an mind power, hers is Divergence where she can see her future, in a way. If given a choice, she can see the outcome to either answer and choose her best path, it's kind of something I would love to have. A good 90-95% of the book is seeing one of her Searches - after finding out her parents are divorcing she's given the choice of staying with her mom or moving with her dad to Dallas, with a bunch of Norms (normal humans without powers). What made this book was unique was the fact that we weren't reading what was happening then, but what could happen - depending on the choice she made.

Both choices had bad things happen, of course because if not, there would be no point of a book, right? Right. However, there's always a choice of which you'd rather have to deal with and both choices are tough but it comes down to what has the best overall outcome for not just yourself but for those you love in your life.

So many times while reading this book did I question certain characters, one being her best friend Laila - she appears to be a great friend to Addie but sometimes I always questioned her. I'm not going to say the outcome because you need to read it to find out but it was always tough and is always tough reading books where the best friend could possibly be stabbing the main character in the back (and sometimes, they really do). We all have our best friends and it makes us wonder what would happen if our friend ever did that to us. I know I'd be heartbroken to lose the trust of that friend.

There is a love triangle, but at the same time you really can't call it a love triangle, can you? There's a guy on one choice and a guy with the other choice. So basically, there's two separate love interests in this book and both are appealing in their own ways. Duke, who is the quarterback of Lincoln High and a telekinesis then there's Trevor, a Norm ex-quarterback after he was seriously injured after playing a bitter rival. Oh yes, that bitter rival turns out to be the Compound's very own football team. What makes this story line interesting is that in both choices, these characters overlap. We see Trevor in both Searches and we see Duke in both and it's fascinating.

For these relationships, the Duke relationship is pretty quick and pretty cute, up until a point where things get a little bit sketchy. For Trevor, it was all about Addie finding a new best friend because Laila was back in the Compound but the best friend card is eventually changed in to something much more. Without looking at the outcome of the book, both of these guys are very appealing, lovable, and it's hard to choose one over the other.

Things get crazy at the ends of both Searches and you are hoping she chooses a certain path but it also leaves you sad she didn't choose the other. You are left with mixed emotions of both paths and somehow wondering if maybe she could choose neither but you know that's not an option.

The characters are fantastic, the story is unique (not in the way of the actual story but the way it's told), it's filled with drama in both paths and filled with tons of edge-of-your-seat suspense. I am excited to see there is another book and cannot wait to see how that one will play out and how her ability will be a part of it. Because you know writing the book the same way this was written just won't have the same effect. I definitely recommend this to fans of paranormal YA.

Review also seen at The Readiacs.






2 comments:

  1. I remember not fully trusting and liking her friend Laila too. I'm glad you liked this, it's one of my favorites for the year so far. :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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  2. Yeah, she got very questionable a few times, in both options. I definitely enjoyed it, a lot - am very excited for the next book. Not one of my top books of the year but definitely good and worth reading, for sure! :)

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