Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

pivot pointTitle: Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1)
Author: Kasie West
Publication: February 12th 2013 by HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover, 343 pages
Source: Own copy, bought from Fullybooked
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
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Synopsis: 

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.

Review:

What if you had the power to see the outcome of possible choices play out before you? Would you choose the more bearable option, even when it leads to losing a love so great and amazing? Finding out about her parents’ divorce, Addie Coleman glimpses alternate futures to determine which path to take- only to find out that heartbreak is inevitable in both.

One little choice can make all the difference.

I was easily fascinated with Addie. Firstly, her voice, as projected through Kasie West’s writing was so very teenager. I enjoyed her casual sarcasm, her smarts and her general frame of mind. I loved even more than she was bookish! She’s a protagonist you could embrace and root for. Also, I think her superb mental capability to search futures was pretty cool. It was something unique and I very much welcomed the whole concept.

I think the book is propelled by the heroine and the rest of the characters, actually. Her best friend, Laila, is too awesome for words and also very crucial to the story. Laila, albeit a secondary character, has her own subplot- one that’s messed-up, sad and complicated. The friendship between Laila and Addie was utterly engaging and fun to read about. Addie’s parents, inspire of the unfortunate divorce, were present in each side of the possible choices. While we don’t get deeper when it comes to Addie’s relationship with her parents, I think it was good enough that her parents were around.

“If you need something to hold on to until you feel grounded, I can make a pretty good anchor.”

Aside from friends and family, Addie has two budding love interests in Pivot Point, one from each alternative choice. On one hand is Duke, smirky, smug and a quarterback. On another is Trevor, cute, sweet nice guy who gets Addie. While I was a little drawn to Duke, out of curiosity, I was hands-down, all for Trevor. He was sensitive, caring, good-natured and ohmygoodness all the swoons!!!!

While I found this book engaging to read, I must say I was disappointed by the lack of action and world building. Pivot Point felt very much like a contemporary novel, just one with people who have super mental abilities, and while I would normally be in favor of the genre, I was not always so impressed than I probably would have been if the story structure and setting were more detailed.

An illusion is an illusion. Reality always exists despite the facade.

Having said that, I did really really like this book. It has a good plot and a wonderful set of characters. The ending leaves you completely wanting more- Kasie West doesn’t fail to seize her reader’s attention and heart.

Rating:

four

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8 Comments

  1. Iris on February 11, 2014 at 5:02 am

    I only just read Pivot Point as well! It was my Epic Rec for February and I’m so glad I’ve read it. I really thought the structure of this story was brilliant. I loved it. The whole of the two different paths -two futures- was really interesting and amazingly well done. It was amazing how both paths were different, but distinctively similar as well. How some elements appeared in both futures and how some events happened in both as well. It really is well written.

    Addie really was a great character, actually this book was very muh character driven. Great characters, character development and awesome dialogue!

    (Trevor is swoon worthy indeed! While Duke peeked my interest for a little while, Trevor became my fave pretty early on!)

    I do see what you mean about the world building, it was a bit lacking, though I don’t care because the rest of this book was just awesome!

    Great review!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 12, 2014 at 2:01 am

      Awesome! I was definitely impressed by the coherence of the story as well. Having two plots is pretty hard to pull off but Kasi West managed it effortlessly. I agree that it was very well-written, the characters most especially! Addie was fun, and all her interactions were engaging. (With Trevor most especially!!!! I ship them)

      I’m glad you enjoyed the book too, Iris! I’ll go check out your review now! ;)

  2. Marci Curtis on February 11, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Thanks for this awesome review, Hazel! I don’t read a lot of YA fantasy, but this one seems worth jumping genres! (By the way, I’m going to have to start paying you for being my book-picker-outer. :)

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 12, 2014 at 2:03 am

      I love this comment! I’m so happy you’re branching out with different books! I hope you enjoy this one! :)

  3. Kelly on February 11, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I think I was able to overlook the simplicity of the world-building, because the concept was so fascinating and I LOVED the contemporary feel of everything else.

    Also, Trevor and Addie. They were very distracting in their adorableness!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 12, 2014 at 2:06 am

      I really appreciated the concept too! I’m so glad you were able to embrace the contemporary feel! I think I was just disappointed because I wanted more details! But ack, TREVADDIE made up for it! (That is so their ship name!)

  4. Tina on February 23, 2014 at 7:16 am

    I’ve read a few reviews on this book and totally want to check it out. It’s in my stack of pleasure reads for the next few months (when I can fit them in).

    However, I can’t STAND love triangles. Thank god this one sounds a bit different.

    Thanks for the review! Nice one.

  5. julie on April 29, 2014 at 12:18 am

    This has been added on my TBR list. I was intrigued. Thanks for the awesome review! :)

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