Friday, May 24, 2013

Book Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1) 

Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West
Published: February 2013, HarperTeen, 343 pages

Description: 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.

My Review: This has got to be one of the most amazing books that I've read in quite awhile!! The way the story is executed and how it all came together was brilliant and original.

Addison (aka Addie) lives in a world hidden from the real world. Her Compound is made up with people who have exceptional mind powers, yet they do interact with "Norms" on occasion. The Compound is much more advanced than the rest of the world and these mind powers are really incredible--seeing the future, controlling the moods of those around you, erasing memories, moving things by thinking it, etc. When Addie's parents divorce, she is faced with a choice--move with her dad to live among the Norms or stay with her mom and live with the Paras.

Really thinking about having these abilities makes them seem not as desirable as I first thought they would be. Addie can see the future--but only her own. When she Searches things out, things often seem real to her. That would be tough because you couldn't look at people the same way, knowing that they might do something. I really liked Addie and had an easy time connecting to her.

I loved Trevor--the one with "eyelashes that make mine want to commit suicide from shame." What a great friend and person!!

One thing about this book that I especially loved was the creative headings for each chapter and how it went back and forth, tying everything together at the end. I'm hoping this is a series and if so, can't wait to find out what happens next.

Content: some mention of murder and an unwanted advance, that didn't really happen; no language that I can remember; kissing. Clean.

About the Author:
Kasie West 
I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels, published through Harper Teen are: PIVOT POINT, its sequel SPLIT SECOND (Feb 2014), and THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US (a contemporary novel). I also have two more contemporaries, ON THE FENCE coming out July 1, 2014, and THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND coming out the summer of 2015. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.

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