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Sunday, May 5, 2013

My Thoughts: Pivot Point by Kasie West

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.

I absolutely love books/movies that involve dual realities, parallel universes and so on. So when I saw that Amber from Books of Amber (again) mentioned Kasie West's debut debut Pivot Point, I was pretty intrigued. Therefore, when she raved about the book and how much she enjoyed it, I was pretty thrilled and knew that I needed to read it immediately. I was pretty excited when my local library had in in stock (I did have to wait a couple weeks, but  it was well worth it).

I was thrilled with Pivot Point and for the first time ever I wanted the second book immediately after finishing this one. Generally I don't like to complete a series all at one time.When I do this I find that I get tired of the same writing style and the characters. Not the case here. I am pretty eager for the second book in this series- even though Pivot Point didn't end on a cliff hanger- it was just that good. I thought the story was so much fun and I am very curious about what's going to happen to Addie and ...

As mentioned above, Pivot Point is told form two of Addie's realities. So the chapters alternate between reality A and reality B- one chapter is option A the other option B. For some this aspect of the story would be a problem. But in this case I thought it was brilliant. You got to see that parallels between the scenarios. It was a lot of fun. You could see where they would connect (in a way). I loved this about West's writing. It was well laid out and not confusing.

Addie was awesome- she was an absolutely fantastic female protagonist. I am not sure how long it's been since I have loved a female character as much as I loved Addie, she was the perfect mix of independence and knowing when to ask for help. She was kick ass and intelligent. I really enjoyed everything about her. I also really liked Addie's dad. I have said this before and I am sure I will say it again. I am always so confused at the absence of the parental units in the majority of YA books. This is was not the case in Pivot Point. Addie's parents were definitely a feature of the novel and her dad was pretty cool. He also cared for his daughter and their bond was evident in the story. It wasn't hokey or heavy by any means, just something I appreciated.

There is a love interest in both of Addie's realities and I absolutely favoured one over the other, and in the end it all made sense. But throughout the whole story I was curious as to who she was going to chose. But do not fret. This is in NO WAY a love triangle. Not at all.

Over all Pivot Point was a blinking fantastic debut, and I think you should all go read it. You will not be disappointed. You won't want to put it down.

~Happy Reading Everyone


  1. omg, what a fantastic premise! I have often wished I could see the outcome of each path to take. Ah well. I think it is interesting the way it is tackled too...with both realities being explored.

  2. Thankfully not a love triangle! Of course I favoured one boy, too. It was an easy choice:) Wasn't Pivot Point brilliant?! I loved it, too and can't wait for the second book. Great review!

  3. Ooh yes, I absolutely LOVE parallel reality stories and movies/tv shows, like Sliding Doors, which sounds like it has a lot in similar with this one. I am so impressed that you thought so highly of Addie! Okay, awesome, I need to read this!!

  4. Glad to hear that you liked it! I have had this book for about two weeks. I may have to move it up on my TBR list. I really liked the movie Sliding Doors.

    I like to have all of the books at once - though it rarely happens that way for me. I read most of the Sookie Stackhouse series this year (final book came out last week). If I had to wait a year between them, I would have stopped reading around book five.

    Tallulah A. @ MAD Hoydenish


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