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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)
Kasie West
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Source: Publisher
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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 have always, always loved the whole Sliding Doors concept, the idea that the two paths of a choice can give you entirely different lives. Wouldn't you want to see where each path would take you? For Addison Coleman, that's her reality. Pivot Point was a gorgeous work of hypotheticals that I fell in love with. With strong characters and an absolutely beautiful and original concept, Pivot Point is certainly a work that is going to stay with me for some time.

Addie is our heroine who is constantly torn between her different futures. She tries not to search her choices too much, but it is her ability and sometimes she can't resist. The problem is that sometimes the lines between her choices blur and she has a difficult time remembering which choice was the searched one and which one she actually lived. She's sensible and smart but she's also prone to listening to her heart, just like any girl. She finds herself torn between two boys and two futures, and sometimes her choices aren't all easy, but she still does what she needs to.

Though I love both boys, I have to admit I think I love Duke just a little bit more. He has some serious issues and he doesn't always do the right thing, but I think in the end his heart is in the right place. He's messed up, but that's a lot of his attraction. I think he really does care about Addie, and he's sweet in his own way. So I do love him, I really do. I think he maybe just needs to grow up a bit.
Trevor is seriously swoonworthy. Though at the beginning Addie isn't sure if he's going to be just a friend or not, it's clear that there's chemistry between them. He's open about his intentions and doesn't have any darker purposes. Though he was hurt in an accident, he's still in many ways a very ordinary (although super hot) guy. I absolutely love that he always seems to be in a very good-natured mood, and he's willing to let almost anything go. Yet he still stands up for himself, and Addie.

Originality is quite possibly the number one thing I look for in a book. I like knowing that an author is developing a new concept. While the Sliding Doors concept isn't exactly brand-new, it's also not something I can recall seeing in YA. I also love paranormal contemporary, which is what this was. So even after just the first glance, I fell in love.

I wasn't disappointed when I read it, either. Addie is a smart heroine who told her story with a reliable voice and is an entertaining but factual account. It's not a sugarcoated story. We get every stunning high and every devastating low, making it a very emotionally charged story, much more of one than I ever expected it to be. Because of this I formed a deep connection to this novel and its characters, all of whom I loved.

My main problem with this story is the world-building. It doesn't suck, but it's also not spectacular. I didn't get to know Addie's world without the compound as much as I wanted to, and I felt a deep disappointment in that. Hopefully we'll get more of that in the next book, but even so, I felt like there should have been more to it in this one. There was a bit too much mystery behind it, and I didn't like that.

Even so, despite this, I still found it to be a thoroughly enjoyable novel. We can't always be sure what is going on. Though some things were predictable, I was still kept guessing enough that I didn't feel cheated. I also liked the way Addie isn't content to just let things sit the way they are. She wants to try and figure things out, even if she can't always see the danger behind the choices she makes.

It wasn't a perfect book, but it was fabulous and nothing could keep me from loving it. The plot was executed wonderfully and it was a memorable, fun, and deep read. I really enjoyed it, and it's definitely worth the time and easily among my favorite reads of ever.

There isn't exactly a traditional love triangle in this book. Addie is torn between Duke and Trevor, but in two entirely different lives. Both boys are hot, and both care about her, but she can only choose one of them. Though it isn't entirely about love, that is a major part of it. Trevor is sweet and ordinary, while Duke is popular, a major hotshot. Both are very different, and so are their romances. With Duke, it's heated from the beginning and he doesn't hide his interest in her. Trevor starts off as a friend, but that only makes the romance all the more smoldering.

Kasie's writing is gorgeous. Truly, purely gorgeous. I love the uniqueness and vulnerability in Addie's voice. She's young, but her ability has lent her a type of wisdom that comes through the pages. I love the way the chapters are titled, too. It's clever without being overly precious. Also, I adore the sharpness of the description and the imagery it evokes. It's like I'm actually there. I think sometimes the vocabulary gets a bit simple, but it's not that big of a deal.

The ending was definitely not what I expected, but I mean that in the best way. Neither of Addie's choices are ideal, something I didn't expect but loved. In the end, there's only one future that she can accept choosing. I loved that it wasn't simply a happy-ever-after. There's still a huge mess to clean up and a lot that needs fixing but I think that Addie made the right choice, no matter what kind of bad things happened.

So yeah, I absolutely adored Pivot Point. It was a touching story of choice and sacrifice, and (this is gonna sound so cliché) an ordinary girl with extraordinary powers and the ability to see her future. I would definitely recommend it to fans of sweet romances and a love of the paranormal but also to pretty much everyone else. I will certainly be going Kasie's fan club and reading her future works in the sequel to this book.




  1. Aewsome, awesome, awesome review!! I loved this book SO. FREAKING. MUCH!! Ahhh!! *passes out*

    You can have Duke and I'll take Trevor!

  2. Thanks for the great review, Annabelle! It was very well thought out. I love it. :)

  3. Love your review :) I really look forward to this book, I love the idea and the uniqueness. I Think I will be really pleased

  4. I'm really excited about this book and I can't wait to get my hands on it. I love your review.s I can't wait to read the book for myself though...
    Great review!!!

    PS: This is my comment for the Happy 2013 giveaway!

  5. I haven't been able to decide if I want to read this one, but because you enjoyed her writing so much I just might check it out!

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven

  6. I never watched Sliding Doors but I do love the concept. Although... why couldn't Pivot Point focus on one boy instead of two? Looking forward to this book, but hopefully the romance is small. I detest love triangles.

  7. I'm a fan of the Sliding Doors effect, I mean the concept is idealistic, a chance to have your cake and eat it too, plot wise at least. I have been kinda of iffy about whether I want to read this or not but your review as definitely moved it up on my TBR list. The idea of Paranormal Contempory has me itching to read it, ASAP!! :D

  8. I have an ARC of this book! And I read the beginning. And a little bit of the middle. And the end. MISTAKE. The end turned me off. I will still read it, because obviously I could be misinterpreting everything, but I dont't like the end. Series? I hope so! Great review! :)

  9. Once again I was not going to read this book, I did not like the cover and I normally do not read contempory. But as with Lucid, your review won me over. This sounds like such an awesome original read. I will be adding it to my Goodreads shelves now and hopefully get to add it to the growing pile of books next to my bed :) Thanks so much for your review.

  10. Great review! I have an ARC of this that I really need to read. After reading your review, I think I might have to bump it up on my TBR pile. :)

  11. Oh, this is great, loved the review!! I have generally read good reviews about it so adding it to my TBR and hopeful I'll be able to get myself a copy.

  12. I think the Sliding Doors concept is really interesting too! I again that this idea seems to be pretty original, at least in YA novels. I might have to read this one! It's too bad that the world building wasn't too good though, because I really like that aspect.
    (review as part of follower appreciation giveaway)


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