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.
WHY have I waited so long to read anything by Kasie West? Man, have I been out of the loop or what? And the annoying thing is that I have WORKED with Kasie at least a couple times in the last year. And it’s taken me THIS LONG?! Seriously?! What was is wrong with me?! I have heard nothing but raves over all of her books. Let me be the first to say that I feel like a moron for taking so long to read Pivot Point. Because you know what? This book was great! I really enjoyed it!
Pivot Point is about a girl named Addie who has the ability to see into her own future. And at the beginning of the book Addie is faced with a major decision that leads her to Search to see which direction she should choose. The rest of the book is dedicated to going back and forth to see what would happen in each path that she would take. I thought that that would bother me a lot, but I actually found it to be really cool. I also loved how both paths kind of intersected a lot you could see that reality was going to happen either way. It was just a really cool concept.
A wasn’t the biggest fan of the love triangle thing going on…if you can even call it that. In both paths, Addie had a different boy that she was interested in. While I liked both boys, the growth of both relationships failed a little bit because of the layout of the book. I was a huge fan of Trevor, though, and I’m really excited to see him in the second book.
I loved the concept of mind powers in the Compound. However, I was a little disappointed that there weren’t any MAJOR powers going on. The author was obviously trying to make a big power as the mystery, but I wanted to see more. I feel like Pivot Point would have succeeded a bit more as a superhero type book. I would have liked to see flying, teleportation, and other magical powers that instantly come to the mind. I thought that it was a little lame that everyone in the Compound were pretty much the same. It was still fun to read about, but I was able to identify what would have made it a great book.
The ending of the book was a little disappointing and a little predictable. I started to get a little bored and disappointed there at the end. I just wanted a little bit more. I also didn’t like how there really wasn’t any suspense or suspicion there at the end. It was laid out for the reader what was going on and who did what…and I was pretty annoyed that I didn’t have the opportunity to really second guess myself at least once.
Another thing that was a little annoying was that Pivot Point seemed to be more of a mystery contemporary YA book than a Paranormal type book. I don’t feel that those genres really intersect well. I would have liked this to be more of a Paranormal book than anything else. I did enjoy it…I just wanted a little more suspense and clarification if this was supposed to be a mystery book.
Overall, I did like this one a lot. I’m excited to pick up Split Second and see what’s next for Addie and Trevor (hopefully!) It’s a book that I think that everyone should read!
Publication Date:February 12th 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: [rating: 3.5]