Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)

Goodreads 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.
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Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 352
Publisher: HarperTeen

First Line: "Heads up," a loud voice called from my right."

Favorite Quote: “I don't care when people think I'm an antisocial,controlling, bookworm because that's what I am. It's when they interpret me wrong that I have a problem.” 


Pivot Point is definitely a difficult book to write a review for, mostly because everything I want to say would be extremely spoiler-ish. I'm going to try to refrain from mentioning anything crucial to the story (the key word there is try). I was very excited for this book when I first read the synopsis, and I picked it up at the bookstore within a week of its release date. 

One thing about it, though; upon starting the story, I was fully prepared to be confused part, if not most, of the time. Writing two separate story lines switching chapter to chapter sounded like it would be hard to keep up with, and I figured I'd be grappling to remember how things were different in one path as opposed to the other, especially if the characters were all in the same place in both options. And though I will admit there were moments like that, the author did an awesome job in balancing the plots. I think I'd confuse myself if I tried to write a book like Pivot Point, sadly. 

I wasn't expecting it to have this quality of lightness and humor; it sounded like the overall mood would be darker and edgier. But I found I really liked the way it was written; all the characters were quirky and amusing in their own ways. The dialogue is funny and easy to read, not forced at all. The friendship between Addie and Laila was interesting to read about. They're pretty much opposites in every way, but they're very close. I sometimes wished that Addie would try harder to talk to Laila about her problems; most of the time they're always talking about Addie and what's going on in her life, when clearly Laila had some things going on Addie didn't even know about. 

I didn't really have any strong feelings about who I wanted Addie to be with through maybe half of Pivot Point; personally, I liked both Duke's and Trevor's personalities, but I really wondered why Addie was even with Duke in her Mom-Paranormal path. Throughout the whole book, it seemed like she was constantly uncomfortable around him, that she constantly questioned him and didn't like a lot of aspects of who he was, whereas with Trevor, she was relaxed and much happier because he made her believe that she was an interesting individual even without her ability. (view spoiler)

Again, it's hard to say this without spoilers, but I'm glad that in the end, Addie wasn't selfish about which path she chose - she picked the one that was best for everybody, and overall I think she was a pretty great heroine. And I didn't really like the cover of this book before, but now I think the way she's seeing her own reflection is really cool and symbolic to the story. Hurray for a cover that makes sense! I will definitely be checking out this series' sequel when it comes out next year. 

4.5 stars

Books in this series:

1. Pivot Point
2. Untitled 

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