Friday, March 8, 2013
Review: 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.
Pivot Point was a book that I was so excited for, I tried to get it from the bookstore the weekend before it came out, but they didn't have it, so I had to go back and get it the next weekend. I loved it so much that I bought it Saturday and was finished Sunday because I couldn't stop turning the pages to see what would happen next. I loved both the plot and characters of this amazing novel.
POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD
Addie is a great protagonist with a fabulously well done voice. Her ability is important to the story since most of the story technically takes place in a Search. In the book, her parents decide to divorce, and she has to choose which one to live with, so she Searches the future. In the future with her mom, she tries to act like a rebellious teenager whose parents got divorced. The thing is, Addie isn't actually very rebellious. She is a funny main character, and she is good at being witty and sarcastic.
The romance in this book isn't really a love triangle since she is dating the two guys in two different futures. The two guys are Duke and Trevor. Duke is the quarterback at the Compound's school. He's the kind of guy Addie never thought she would like since he's overly cocky for her taste, yet she finds herself falling for him for some inexplicable reason. Though Duke had his moments, I definitely preferred Trevor. Trevor is the former football quarterback at Addie's Norm school. He starts off as just friends with Addie and is her male best friend. Then, it becomes clear that she likes him, and he likes her too. They make a great couple.
I also liked the friendship between Addie and Laila in this book. It was clear that they cared about each other. They were present in each other's lives in both futures, even when Addie didn't live with Laila. Laila didn't have the best home life since her dad owed money to drug dealers, but she was still a good person.
Something that I really loved about this book was the way the two futures weaved together. Some events would be mentioned in both futures, but they wold happen differently. For example, in the Para future, Addie goes to a football game, and she sees Trevor there, but she doesn't actually know Trevor's name since in that future she is dating Duke, and she and Trevor have never met. On the other hand, in the Norm future, Laila comes to see her at the game, and she goes with Trevor and some other friends. She sees Duke playing and she doesn't like him very much. She doesn't know in that future that she would have been dating him in a different future.
If you like YA paranormal with a contemporary feel, read this book.