Title: Pivot Point
Author: Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point, #1
Publish Date: February 12, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Romance
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 didn’t seem to love Pivot Point as much as everyone else. I did entertain me, certainly, but I think it lacked a lot of things as well.
Addie’s parents are getting a divorce, and she has to pick who she wants to live with. She uses her Divergence (a power in which she can see the different outcomes for her possible decisions) to look into the next six weeks with whomever she picks.
I found the premise to be interesting. I mean, who wouldn’t want to check out their futures when faced with tough decisions? I found a lot of other components to the story to be quite common (like the paranormal Compound being separated and kept secret from the ordinary people), but Kasie West executed these well, so no harm done.
The book would’ve been a lot better if Kasie explored more of the things going on in the Compound (like what they do when they enhance their abilities in school, etc), rather than just focusing on romance and things that happen on a regular day.
As for characters, Addie was an okay heroine. I liked her a lot more in the Norm chapters (the alternate future where she moves in with her dad). She felt a bit more likeable there, maybe because I could relate to her a bit more when she tries to be normal. Her love interest there, Trevor, is so adorable!
It could also be because I’m definitely not fond of the side characters in the Para chapters (where she stays with her mother), particularly her love interest there, Duke Rivers (just typing his name makes me want to puke), but the pro of the Para chapters is that they kind of give a bigger impact to the overall story.
I wish that the side characters could have done a bit more. Yes, I know it’d be difficult for each character to play a role since the book was a bit short with alternating chapters, meaning each character only gets half of a usual book to connect with us. Still, some characters’ names were only mentioned and we don’t know much about them.
Overall, Pivot Point was a cute read. The ending, though, definitely makes me want to read the sequel as soon as it comes out! (It’s a pretty good ending, IMO.)