Wed, December 11, 2013

Pivot Point by Kasie West Review

Pivot Point book cover

Pivot Point book cover

Pivot Point
By Kasie West
Publication date: Feb. 12, 2013
HarperTeen, 343 pages
Source: From my friend April

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.

— Goodreads.com description

I saw a flurry of people recommending Pivot Point to my friend Jamie on Facebook over Thanksgiving, which encouraged me to dig it out from my to-read pile. Man, why did I wait so long to read this book? It was so good!

Chapters flipflop between two realities for Addie after her parents’ divorce — one if she chooses to stay with her mom in her paranormal community and one if she chooses to stay with her dad in the “normal” world. The decision gets tougher and trickier as the chapters go on, and I loved the ambiguity of it all.

In the end, she makes a very rough choice and we’re all left DYING to get our hands on the sequel, Split Second which comes out in February. I cannot wait!

I loved the friendship and romance in this story, but mostly was intrigued by Addie’s strength and the paranormal elements at play. If you haven’t read this one yet, you’ll definitely want to pick it up before the sequel comes out.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: family, friendship, paranormal, romance
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  1. Farah Hanani said:

    Haha. I haven’t read this too but I’m afraid when I do and after I read it I’m like, craving for the sequel like I’m craving for water XD

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    Anna Reply:

    Yeahh…that may happen 🙂

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  2. Rachel @ hello, chelly. said:

    I love that more and more reviews of this book have been popping up lately! It’s so great and one of my favorites when it comes to handling the whole alternate reality story. And man, the choice Addie makes at the end… I seriously can wait to see what happens next. (More Trevor please!!)

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  3. Jamie said:

    YESSSSS. YAY US FOR FINALLY GETTING TO IT!!! I seriously cannot believe how much I loved it and why did I miss out on this??!

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  4. DJ said:

    This is one of my favorite books! It’s so unique and refreshing, and Addie is an awesome protagonist. And Trevor! *Sigh*

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  5. Rossi @ A Baking Girl said:

    Whew, this seems kind of confusing and mindbending, but it sounds like the author is really able to pull it off. I might need to add this to my to-read pile

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  6. Alexa Y. said:

    I really should read Pivot Point! Everyone’s been saying pretty great things about it, and that crowd now includes you and Jamie.

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  7. Elizabeth @ My Bookish Ramblings said:

    I read this in February shortly after it came out and it was so good! It broke me out of a reading slump and since the sequel is coming out soon I need to read it again!

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  8. Wendy @ Book Scents said:

    This was one of my favorites this year!! I absolutely loved it and the alternating paths were so awesomely written and intertwined!

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  9. We Heart YA said:

    So glad you enjoyed it! We really enjoyed that it had a contemporary feel, in spite of the paranormal elements. We also thought it worked well as a standalone (and we *think* it was originally sold that way…? but don’t quote us on that!). Still, yeah, we’re not upset to read more about Addie and her world. ;P

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  10. Nadia @ Nadia Reads said:

    I loved this book too! You’re right about the cliffhanger! Can’t wait to read the sequel!!!

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  11. Fiona said:

    I loved this book when I read it over the summer! I had no idea it was a series until I finished it! Cannot wait to read the next one!

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  12. Judith said:

    I’m actually in the minority on this one. While I really liked it, mostly because of the concept and the way West executed that part, I don’t love the characters like other people do. I’m also not swooning over Trevor. HOWEVER, I do think the concept is great, and I can’t wait to read Split Second. Glad you liked this one!

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  13. Tina said:

    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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    Anna Reply:

    HAHAHAH this one IS a bit different in that they are happening in two different timelines, so at least the guys don’t get all macho and fight and blah…

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