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Pivot Point by Kasie West

Pivot Pointby Kasie West

Pivot Point
by Kasie West

Pivot Point (Pivot Point 1)

By: Kasie West

Release Date: February 12, 2013

Rating: 4 stars

Summary: 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.

 

Review: This book wasn’t exactly mind-blowing, but I felt it was brilliantly written.

First of all, it wasn’t what I was expecting. I thought I was going to be sucked into some intense murder mystery with a lot of action – not necessarily fighting scenes, but just a lot of events that would keep me on my toes. And basically, nothing really happened in the first 2/3 of the book except Addie going through her two parallel worlds.

Having said that, I still really enjoyed that first 2/3. I really liked Addie – her innocence, gullibility and vulnerability for both worlds. In the world she has always known inside the compound, she learns to open up to things she has never realized before – appearing on the radar of the high school hottie, being at the center of attention of the popular crowd, parafootball, learning there is more to their abilities.

In the other world, she has to learn about things we take for granted like glass doors and the way they open or how hard it is to make a new friend at a new school. I read so many books about the new girl at school, and no book has ever put it in perspective like West did – deciding who was going to be your new best friend, writing him a weird note and just claiming he’s so. It was really cute.

I also really liked the characters in this book. I couldn’t help being charmed by both Trevor and Duke, and I was glad to see that Laila remained an important role in both worlds. There were a lot of good one-liners and great conversations, that for a while, I felt like I was reading two contemporary YA books at the same time, and I liked both of them equally.

I was emotionally intuned and invested in both stories, and I knew it was going to be a hard choice if the story kept going like that. But of course, I knew one would eventually have a leg up on the other, and when it did happen, I knew it wasn’t just going to be a cut and dry easy choice.

And it wasn’t. I really felt for Addie when she realized she had a decision to make, and I admire her for not only the choice she made but the decision to go into it blindly, knowing what it had meant.

So like I said, not exactly what I was expecting, and I’m not liking it for the reasons I thought I would, but I still enjoyed this book very much.

Go to Katy’s review on Goodreads.

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