Pivot Point by Kasie West


Book: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Series: Pivot Point #1
Pages: 343
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date Published: February 12th, 2013
Source: Library
Date Started: February 2nd, 2014
Date Finished: February 6th, 2014
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Other Books Reviewed: Split Second, On The Fence, The Distance Between Us, The Fill-In Boyfriend

 

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.

 

Hey guys, so heres the first book review that I promised!

Pivot Point is about a girl named Addie who lives inside of a secret compound that houses people with paranormal abilities. Addie’s ability is that she can see into the future. She has to be presented with a choice and then she can see what will happen in each path. When her parents get a divorce, Addie has to choose between which parent she wants to live with because her father is leaving the compound to live in the normal world. If she stays with her mom, she stays in the compound becomes the girlfriend of the quarterback of the football team. But she always detested living that kind of life. If she lives with her dad, she starts at a new school and meets Trevor, the exquarterback who hurt himself in a football game. Trevor is understanding of Addie and shares her love of graphic novels. However, when her father begins investigating a murder in the compound in both scenarios, more lives are at stake than just her romantic life.

When I first heard of this book, I was expecting it to be more of a paranormal story than it really was. The paranormal abilities in this book seemed so realistic and natural, that it felt like that these sort of abilities were not far outside our realm of possibility. However, I wish that there was more of a back story to the compound. The book mentions that there have always been people in history who have had paranormal abilities, and that they might be the next phase in evolution. But thats all that is really mentioned. I feel as though that there should be some sort of governing force, some sort of leadership. If there is, its not really revealed. The only leadership force that I ever came across was the paranormal bureau that her father is a part of, and it was reminiscent of the FBI. The compound also reminded me a lot of the school in X-Men. Which should be fitting right? Considering Addies love of comics.

The entire time that I was reading the book, I felt like I was the one making a decision. You are presented with two different alternatives to a choice, and the more information you receive, the more you feel like you know what your choice will be. I thought I knew my choice, but the twist plot at the end changed everything. Don’t assume that you know what will happen in the end, because the choices Addie makes will change everything. Speaking of the two alternate stories, I was really confused in the beginning. When Addie begins her search into her future, I was unsure how the two different stories were going to be told. The author jumps right into the story line of one decision, and then jumped into the alternate storyline right after. I was confused when the second storyline had begun because I didn’t understand at that moment that the book was laid out the way it is. Once you get over that issue, you’ll have no problem switching between the two stories. West did a very good job of separating the two so they felt like two different books. But she also blended the element of the murder investigation very well. I didn’t feel confused at all switching between the two stories.

As for Addie, the main character, I found her to be very relateable. Shes always wary of making the wrong decision or doing anything that can have dire consequences. But I also found her to be very brave to take risks to save the people that she loved even when it would cost her. I was particularly happy with the ending of the book because it felt like everybody won. The only plot issue I had with the ending was the murder investigation. It took forever for the book to finally get to it, and then it felt rushed and sort of anticlimactic. I would have been okay if the book ended where it did, but there is a sequel to the book called Split Second which is going to be published next Tuesday! So with that being said, I’m going to give the book a 4/5.

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