2013 · 4 stars · sci-fi/fantasy · ya

Pivot Point by Kasie West

Title: Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1)
Author: Kasie West
Pub. Date: February 12, 2013
Source: Publisher (Thank you, HarperTeen!)
Summary: 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.
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi

The ability to see into the future is a power people can only dream of. For Addison Coleman, however, it’s her reality. She lives in the Compound, a top-secret, secluded city where Paras – people who exhibit a heightened power, be it mood enhancement, telekinesis, or erasing memories – live. Addie’s a Searcher; even among the Paras her ability is rare. She can Search two paths in her future (what would happen if she did and did not do ____) and see both potential outcomes. After her parents announce they’re getting a divorce, Addie Searches to see which path she should take: stay in the Compound with her mother or leave and live among the Normals with her father.

Going into Pivot Point I honestly didn’t have high expectations. Before reading this book I wrote it off as a typical YA with some time shifting elements involved. Boy was I wrong. When it comes to books, I’m always happen to be proven wrong – in a good way! – and Pivot Point definitely changed my tune.

Just a few chapters in, Addie’s parents sit her down and discuss their divorce which leaves a sizable majority of the book focused on her Searches. Each chapter switches between life with her mom and life with her dad. I especially enjoyed these dual realities toward the end when they begin to become interwoven. SO. COOL.

Addie’s life with her mother is comforting and familiar. She has her best friend Laila and the star of the football team is becoming very interesting in getting to know her. Duke is gorgeous and charming and the most popular guy in school, so why would he suddenly be so into her? Over time Addie sees him as more than the egotistical jerk she thought he was and begins warming up to him. Even if that means hanging out with one of Duke’s best friends Bobby – the subject of a Search-Gone-Wrong that Addie can’t shake.

Her life with her dad is the opposite: suddenly she’s the new girl and doesn’t know anyone in her enormous high school. Not only is she alone, but she also lives among Normals. She has to learn how to deal with everyday things like keys and Tylenol while keeping up her cover story about moving to Dallas from California. And hope no one asks her any details. She finds Laila’s replacement in Trevor, a cowboy boot-wearing, comic-drawing Good Boy and as they get closer Addie has to deal with his In-Denial ex and his mysterious football injury that just won’t seem to heal.

Okay, confession time: my favorite part of this book? NO LOVE TRIANGLE! Yes, there are two boys, but they’re each in a different reality and it works.

Pivot Point was great and totally went beyond all expectations! Short chapters and quick pacing – not to mention a wickedly fun plot – makes this a book worth checking out! I’ve been extremely picky about continuing series, but Pivot Point is a series I’m definitely coming back to!


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