Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West
Pivot Point by Kasie West
February 12, 2013
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.
PIVOT POINT has it all: a charming heroine, hot boys, a fun best friend, and a plot that keeps readers guessing. West is a rising star among the YA genre who is sure to make it big with PIVOT POINT. While the ending will leave readers wanting much more, it leaves off at the perfect point. This is such a fantastic book that I already have a finished copy preordered for my favorite book collection. Don’t let yourself miss out on PIVOT POINT.
Addie’s ability to Search out different routes in her future makes me very envious. If only I could be able to see what the future holds in store for me and decide which path leads to a better life. On the other hand, knowing what happened in the other reality would be very confusing and hard to come to terms with. Thank goodness for Addie that she has her best friend Laila (whose name I adore), who can Erase memories if needed.
Addie’s strength makes me want to be more like her. I’m not sure how she could be so selfless in the end and decide to do what she did. I admire her loyalty to those she loves. And Trevor. Holy Trevor. He has got to be added to my book boyfriend list. He is the perfect combination of real life boy with a little added yumminess to make him unique among the many, many swoon-worthy guys of YA. If only I could have my very own Trevor!
While it may seem like it would be a bit confusing going back and forth between different realities each chapter, West does it with such an ease that you have to wonder if she herself has the ability to Search. It was really interesting to pinpoint similarities in each that somehow weave the events together. Both choices have their negatives as well as some very nice positives that make it very difficult for Addie to choose which one to go with. In the end, it’s her huge heart that decides it for her. I’m very hopeful for the next book!
2013 is shaping up to be a really awesome year in the YA genre if PIVOT POINT is any indication. I am eagerly awaiting more from West and her characters in PIVOT POINT!