Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

11988046Knowing 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.

PUBLISHER: HarperTeen

PAGES: 343

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I read this book on a plane to Dallas and finished it in roughly 24 hours. I think I’ve come to the conclusion that two of the most important factors of a novel are the writing and the plot. If the plot is amazing, I can often disregard poor writing. If the writing is amazing, I can often disregard the poor plot.

This book had a fantastic premise and good writing. I loved the premise of this one. So unique!

MORAL RATING
PG: Kissing, suspenseful and thrilling

THE GOOD:
After finishing this novel, I cannot say that I’ve ever read a YA novel quite like this. I don’t know if I will ever read another YA quite like this! Pivot Point is a well-crafted blend of suspense, mystery, and heartbreaking romance.

Addison Coleman is a Searcher living in a secretive compound with other people possessing similar unique abilities. As a Searcher, she has the ability to look into the future and assess choices based on the various outcomes of her options. It’s an understatement to say that I’m jealous of this particular gift.
When her parents announce their divorce, Addison is forced to choose to a parent to live with. This difficult decision leads her to “search” her options.

I absolutely fell in love with the way in which this novel was set up. The majority of the novel is Addison’s “search”. Told in alternating outcomes of her two options, the plot flowed smoothly. I have to admit that I did get confused a couple of times as to what happened in what outcome, but I was easily able to overcome this.
This is the kind of novel that causes you to shout at the characters and growl in frustration. This is the kind of novel that you should attach to your wrist because you will (for sure) want to throw it at the nearest wall (I mean this in the nicest way, of course). Kasie West takes her readers on a thrilling adventure, where just the slightest alteration in a decision can lead to devastating consequences. Everything is connected.
As to the characters, I enjoyed Addison. She wasn’t super memorable, but she was a nice and pleasant character. Once she latched onto the mystery surrounding the murder, I was fully on Addison’s side, cheering for her to solve the mystery surrounding Poison.

THE BAD:
I really enjoyed Kasie West’s writing style, but I did become annoyed with the way that she utilized certain descriptions throughout the book. I didn’t mind the first few times, but by the end of the novel I was a bit tired of them.
For example:

…she changed to the look-how-sympathetic-I-can-sound voice…

…pass-the-problems-to-the-other-parent part of the divorce…

…to go along with my acting-like-the-average-teen plan.

West’s use of hyphens was nice every once in a while, but West used them a lot.

SOUNDTRACK:

Just heard Finish Ticket live in concert last night. I feel like this song really jives with Addison’s struggle to pick the correct path.

MY VERDICT:

Overall, I’d give Pivot Point a 3.5/5. I’ll definitely be reading the next book (isn’t there a sequel?). The story was interesting and engaging and Kasie West told it well! Usually, I’m not a fan of love triangles, but I see how West avoided that problem (so sly!).

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