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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Pivot Point by Kasie West

Once I read the summary for Pivot Point, I was hooked. It sounds like a super cool ability, to be able to see how each decision is going to affect you in the future!

Check out this summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) Like I already said, I loved the idea of Addie having the ability to look into the future and see how her decisions will affect her. It's not about time travel, not about going into the future, although I think that she actually lives it, in these visions. It was all so creative, and it worked so seamlessly with the plot. The way Miz West describes and explains things that are intangible (like the crazy superpowers) is really fantastic. 2) Trevor. Awe...what a great, sweet guy! Kasie definitely wrote some boys that I could fall for in this novel. He seems to genuinely care about Addie, and has a funny and sensitive personality that drew me in from the first time he showed up. 3) How emotionally invested I got. I didn't expect to feel as connected to the story and the characters once we stumbled upon the ending where Addie had to make her big decision. But once we got there I was just thinking, "OMG, what's option three? What if I don't want either of those because it's too hard to decide?" I couldn't even imagine which way she was going to go. Even now, thinking back over it, I still can't believe it! That's how emotionally invested I became in this story. 4) Addie. It was easy for me to relate to Addie, because I understand her need to be cautious. Heck, if I had her ability to see how my decisions were going to affect my future, I'd totally use it. I loved seeing her in her two different atmospheres - inside the compound, and out in the Norm world. Because while everything changed around her, she remained the same. She wasn't as influenced by her atmosphere as I expected, and I definitely enjoyed seeing her strength of character. 5) I'm usually not a big fan of alternating narrators or storylines between chapters. But it couldn't have been more perfect in this case. Each chapter we switched between the two realities that Addie could be living. It made the book exactly what it needed to be.

What I Didn't Like: Nothing!

Overall Thoughts: I was surprised to find that this was Kasie West's debut novel. She has all the elements of a talented and seasoned author. Pivot Point was creative, unique, and very we--written. The alternating scenes of her two realities were so good that it didn't even seem like you were being pulled from one to the next with each chapter change. And it's so easy to get emotionally involved with the decisions and the consequences that will come with each one. I absolutely loved this book, and can't wait to read more from this debut author!

My Rating: 5 shots


  1. This has been one of my favorite books of the spring so far, and definitely my favorite debut. A friend loaned me an ARC to read, but this is one I will be buying for my classroom! My students were begging to read it when I talked about it!

  2. Totally agree, so much AMAZINGNESS in this book!! I totally agree, Trevor is amazing, as well as the whole format of the book, even though I am also not a big fan of this format but it just WORKED for this book!!

    awesome review,
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf


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