Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

August 5, 2013 Book Reviews 24 ★★★★★

Review: Pivot Point by Kasie WestPivot Point by Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #1
Published by Harper Teen on February 12th 2013
Pages: 343
Format: ebook
Source: Purchased

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.

Ever want to kick yourself for waiting so long to read a book? Yes? Great! ME TOO!

Pivot Point…where do I even begin?

Okay – so I’m a firm believer in that we make our own destiny with just a little sprinkle of fate to help us on the way. That Movie – “Sliding Doors”? I adore how we get to see how life can turn out if we take the other path. Being able to do it though? I think I’d probably be all talk and no action because that’s a lot of terrifying power.

Addie can see the road less travelled, She’s a Searcher and has the ability to look ahead and decide based on what she sees how her life can turn out. When her parents announce they are getting a divorce Addie is devastated and persuaded by her best friend Laila to do a Search and see which parent to live with would be the better choice. Addie knows it’s a risk to look ahead, what she doesn’t realise is just how big a risk it truly is.

I read the blurb twice before I started Pivot Point and I still didn’t really know what I was getting into with this book. In a way it almost reminded me of Harry Potter, with the Para’s living out secret lives in plain sight of the Norm’s. Needless to say I was delighted to get a fresh, entertaining and above all riveting story with awesome characters! The Paranormal community consists of people with abilities as wide-ranging as Telekinesis, Mood Control, Mind Erasing and Addie’s rare talent to Search. They mostly live on The Compound away from the Norm community, interacting with them under heavy instruction to never let outsiders know the truth about who they are.

I loved how “normal” West made the Para community, I never felt like I had to suspend disbelief or roll my eyes at an implausible storyline which happens often in Paranormal/Contemporary mix novels. Each alternating chapter focuses on the path Addie would take if she moved in with her Mother or her Father. Her mom chooses to stay in the Para community on the compound so we got to know how this secret world operates, the attitudes the people hold towards the outside world and the lengths they go to manipulate their successes when using their talents in their everyday interactions with the Norm world. Addie’s dad takes a job with the FBI to assist in cases pertaining to the Para community and we see how Addie must adjust to life on the outside, dealing with less advanced technology and ways of thinking.

Both story-lines were equally compelling and my heart was pounding at times as they crossed over and we saw how a simple decision could have world-rocking consequences. I made my decision pretty early which path I hoped Addie would choose and who I personally would trust and *pats self on the back* I was right although it was amazing to read how Addie came to make her choices.

Addie was a wonderful MC, she was independent, confident, snarky, kind, just all-round kick ass nice girl and in both story-lines she was equally captivating as our heroine. I never stopped rooting for her from day one. I loved her relationships with her parents, I found them realistic and full of love which was a pleasant surprise considering the trend of the disappearing parents in YA these days. While Addie remained steady and constant in both scenarios it was interesting to see how her choices affected the people around her. Her best friend Laila irritated the heck out of me in the “Para Path” however I adored her in the “Norm Path”. It was also equally interesting to see how certain people – no matter what path you meet them on are the same, their true colours may not always be so transparent but eventually they will be revealed.

There is of course the romance! While there are two guys there isn’t a love triangle thankfully. Duke is the star football player, charismatic, handsome, it takes Addie a while to really take his attentions seriously but when she does she falls hard and fast. Trevor, cute, quiet, kind, he becomes the pillar for Addie to lean on as she adjusts to life with the Norms. I genuinely liked both guys at the start but I quickly made my choice and again *self high-five* I was right! If you’ve read it let me know which guy stole your heart, I’m intrigued to see if we have the same taste!

The story builds pace steadily until it gallops towards the finish with blistering speed and I couldn’t put the book down until I found out which path Addie ultimately chose and the consequences of her decision.

It’s very rare that I come across a book that I can’t fault on any aspect, technically or otherwise but Pivot Point is that book. The world-building was captivating, the characters well-drawn, realistic and consistent and the story – heart pounding, interesting and utterly thrilling. The ending was wholly satisfying to be considered a stand-alone but still leaves many avenues open for a sequel. With Split Second due out in February I await with bated breath to see just what paths lay before Addie and which she will choose!



24 Responses to “Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West”

  1. BookishTrish

    High fives you back! I made the same choice too and never wavered for a minute. Smug smiles all round 🙂 Great book and I too put it off for far too long, I won’t make the same mistake with Split Second.

  2. Asti (A Bookish Heart)

    I just typed in a comment but then it took me to a page asking for me to type in a password? I dunno.

    But anyways, the gist of my comment said that I’m going to be kicking myself for not having read this yet. It sounds amazing. Why must there be so many books? And other stuff 😉

  3. Cece

    Sliding Doors is exactly what I was thinking too. I love that concept. A book featured on #teatime’s ARC party, Ask Again Later, seems to be similar – if she goes to prom with one guy or another. I love these types of books.
    I also think you are on to something when you mentioned how “normal” the para world was. I think that was a big reason I enjoyed the book so much. If that world was more elaborate and less like our society, way more world building would have been necessary which is where you start to find faults. Keeping it simple is the best way to go sometimes. Great review!

  4. Leanna

    Technically there’s not anything wrong with this book, but I just didn’t enjoy it. I know I’m in the minority here but it didn’t do anything for me. The storyline, the characters, the love interests – I found them all just instantly forgettable. :/

    • Danielle

      It happens! All the time to be in fact lol I’m like did I read the same book??? I love those “path not taken” books but I’m interested to see how ill get on with her new contemporary book tho!

  5. Giselle

    Implausibility if definitely very common in books like this. I did read this a while ago but for some reason I barely remember ANYTHING from it! O_O I did read Just Like Fate last week and it’s also about alternate realities like this except there’s no paranormal aspect really it’s contemporary and actually very realistic I think you’d like it!

  6. Alise

    I also gave this one five stars, I loved it! The parallel worlds concept was fascinating to me and I liked both guys for the longest time, until the end of course 🙂 I also can not wait until the sequel!

  7. Christine @ Oh, Chrys!

    I have a little more left of this book to read. I am taking my slow time because gosh it is so fricking good. It is hands-down the best YA I ever encountered. Great worldbuilding, characterization – the whole fricking works. Glad you liked! *joins you in kicking self for not reading it earlier*

  8. Jess Hearts Books

    I read this recently and loved it too! Oh, I was Team Trevor from the start. I actually found Duke pretty annoying. Throwing a football at a girl to get her attention? Really? Not for me I’m afraid! I can’t wait for the sequel! Lovely review 🙂

  9. Wendy

    I loved this one!! Stayed up til 3 am reading it. Worth all the sleep deprivation! Yes, I was flip flopping between the guys because they both seemed so amazing! But then I chose and yay us for our choice! =) I can’t wait for the sequel!!! =)

  10. Clover

    I am absolutely dying to read this book after reading and LOVING The Distance Between Us. Seems like a very different book, this, but I’m still incredibly excited. Now if only the paperback edition were available a little more quickly…

  11. Tina

    I’ve read a few reviews on this book and totally want to check it out. It’s in my stack of pleasure reads for the next few months (when I can fit them in).

    However, I can’t STAND love triangles. Thank god this one sounds a bit different.

    Thanks for the review! Nice one.

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