Title: Pivot Point
Author: Kasie West
Book #: 1 in the “Pivot Point” series
Publication: February 2013 by HarperTeen
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.
Synopsis from Goodreads.com
“I want you to choose me,
Addie,” he whispers. “I want this to be real.”
This book… THIS BOOK! This book is freaking AMAZING!
First thing that I loved about this book, was that the story was completely original. I mean really… how often does that happen? A girl who can see two different aspects of the future, two paths so to say, and can then choose which one she wants to follow. Wouldn’t that make all of our lives easier? Well apparently not, because as is stated in the synopsis: “Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier…”. After reading this book I can say with certainty that it sure as hell doesn’t!
This storyline definitely makes the narration of the story a bit tricky, but Kasie West did an awesome job with the world-building and story-telling, so that the book isn’t at all confusing and as a reader I could always understand what was going on.
The characters were all very interesting. Addie, the main character, is someone I feel a lot of girls can relate to. I know I did. She feels very real and her thoughts are always very “logical” if that makes sense; I mean that she thinks the same way a real person would and has the logical thoughts and reactions about things. Plus she loves books and that’s something all of us can relate to, right? As for the love interest, at first I wasn’t really paying attention to him that much, but I gradually started liking him and now our relationship has moved to the point where I can say I’m in love with him!
I also loved the pacing of the story! It was not really “action-packed”, but it kept a consistent pace that had me turning the pages one after the other and ended up finishing the book in one day, something that I very rarely do.
And just when I thought I had everything figured out, at the very last page:
What just happened? I need the sequel NOW!
And one last thing, even though it’s probably clear by now: you have to BUY this book! Or borrow it from the library. Just find a way to get your hands on it!
“Heads up,” a loud voice called from my right.
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