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Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Title:  Pivot Point
Author:  Kasie West
Series:  Pivot Point #1
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Publication Date:  February 12, 2013
Pages:  343
Format/Source:  Hardback/Purchased
Age Group/Genre:  Young Adult/Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Dual Reality

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. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

A Bit of a Bumpy Start…

I added Pivot Point to my must-read list on Goodreads as soon as I heard about it, way back in June of 2012.  It just sounded like something I would LOVE, so I finally bought it in March of 2013, but I didn’t get around to reading it until last month!  I’d been looking at it longingly on my shelf for almost a year, wishing that I could read it but having to save it because of review books and other books with higher priorities.  I think I even whispered “Soon,” to it a few times, petting its spine…

Ahem. Anyway, because of all that waiting I think my expectations for Pivot Point were maybe a bit too high, and so I got off to kind of a bumpy start when I finally started reading it.  First of all, with these alternate future/dual reality type of books it’s sometimes hard to keep the two stories straight, so I had to resort to taking notes.  And I took TONS of notes, which slowed my reading down quite a bit.  


And then, although I loved the fact that this story was very much a science fiction/fantasy with people who have mental abilities (like telepathy, telekinesis, etc.), I found Addie’s big choice–having to decide which parent to live with after their divorce–a bit blah.  I do realize that this is a huge decision in the real world, and in Addie’s world it isn’t a small decision either, but I was expecting the huge decision that drives this whole book to be a bit more, well, grand.  Although I do like the idea that a smaller choice (even though in the real world this wouldn’t be a small choice) can change your whole life. And of course, in the end, the decision becomes much more than who she wants to live with.


And throughout the story I kept waiting for the mystery, for the suspense.  I was like, “The synopsis promised me ‘a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear’, damn it!  Where’s the action, the suspense??” For a lot of the book it felt like her decision was going to be based on which of the two love interests she would rather be with.  


But I stuck in there, and the last 40 or 50 pages really made up for all of that. I was cursing out loud and writing in all caps in my notes and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.  Those last few chapters really made up for any problems I found in the rest of the book, and I ended up loving it!


Bonus Points…


Kasie West gets some of my bonus points for the following reasons:

  • Characters playing pool/billiards = 50,000 points
  • A Star Wars reference–double points because Addie likes Star Wars and has read some of the comic books = 100,000 points
  • That awesome ending = 1,000,000,000 points
 
Favorite Quote…
 
Here is my favorite quote from Pivot Point:
 
“When I read, I feel emotion all on my own.  Emotion no living person is making me feel.  To me, it almost seems more real, because I know that those characters can’t influence me with any power.”
 
My rating for Pivot Point by Kasie West:
 
 
5 huge stars.  The ending definitely made up for any issues I had with the rest of the book, and I can’t wait to read the second book in the series, Split Second!
Find it:  Goodreads │ Amazon │ HarperCollins
 
You may also enjoy:  Just Like Fate │ Unraveling
 
Disclaimer:  I purchased this book myself.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.

5 Comments

  1. Jennifer @ Mrs Q Book Addict

    February 3, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Sorry, it didn't live up to your expectations. It's disappointing when the happens. At least you finally got around to it, and know now.

  2. Aly

    February 4, 2014 at 2:25 am

    I love Pivot Point. I've read all of Kasie's books and they all just work for me. I love her style of writing. I do agree though, the beginning of Pivot Point is kind of confusing, but once I got into it. I loved every single second of it.

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

  3. Greg

    February 5, 2014 at 3:42 am

    I think this book has a cool concept- being able to look ahead and see possible futures. How useful that would be! Plus add telepathy and all that- sounds pretty good. Too bad it takes a while to deliver though… I like your bonus points for a Star Wars reference, nice!

  4. Bittner

    February 8, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    First of all…you pet the spines of your books too!!!
    Second of all…you had to "resort" to taking notes??? Please Andrea who do you think you are kidding!?! You know you were going to take notes regardless!
    Third of all…great quote at the end.

    I would be interested in reading this series some day but who knows when I would find the time.

  5. Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

    February 16, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    So glad you loved this one because if you hadn't loved it…. Well, I would have been sad.

    I didn't have the same problem getting into it as you did, but it took me until halfway through the book to realize the definitions at the start of each chapter were your clue as to what choice she was looking at. *headdesk*

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