Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Pivot Point Review

Author: Kasie West
Title: Pivot Point
Published: 02/12/2013
Good Reads-
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 shocked me. It didn’t blow me away and I’m not exactly sitting her gawking at its amazingness. But it most definitely shocked me, and I am rather upset that I finished it. I think I mostly am so upset because of the fact that I hated the ending. But before I get into the end, let me recap from the beginning.

Addie lives in the Compound, where everyone has an ability thanks to their advanced minds, things like telekinesis and mood manipulators. Addie has the ability to see her future. Well not exactly, she can only Search the outcome of a choice. So if she’s faced with a tough decision like choosing waffles or bagels for breakfast she can simply take a look into the future and see the outcome of either decision. When her parents tell her they’re getting a divorce and that she needs to choose who to live with, her ability comes in quite handy.

In the story we follow the two outcomes of what could happen, going back and forth every chapter to her life living with her mother and living with her father. At first it seemed hard to keep up with and a little confusing, but the format of book really did grow on me. However there were those annoying cliff hanger chapters that you’d have to read through a total different life with total different characters to finish.  Addie Searches what life would be like hanging home with her Mom and friends, or what it could be like moving to Dallas and out of the Compound with her Dad. 

I love these sort of stories, the stories that have two things happening at once. Because it really feels like you’re reading to different books in one, which is amazing to me and double the excitement. Although in Pivot Point it wasn’t hard for me to choose a side I favored, and only stay interested in that side.

The characters weren’t exactly the best for me; I couldn’t stand how selfish her best friend Laila was at points. I really didn’t care what happened to her because how annoying she could be, which is quite awful of me because Laila has a seriously awful home life. Usually my heart would go out to her type of character, but that big mouth and annoying attitude made me want to slap her. Although I did connect with Addie on so many levels, she actually reminded me of myself. I agree with almost all the things she says or does, how quick she is to judge a person, and how even when she’s in a relationship with Duke (the all-star quarter back) she still constantly questions everything.

Pivot Point was a great surprise to me and an amazing read, at first you might have a difficult time adjusting to the format of the book, however I suggest you keep reading. Pivot Point is an overall marvelous read and something I would highly recommend to everyone I know, scoring a 4.5 for me.

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