Friday, August 2, 2013

Review: Pivot Point - Kasie West


AuthorKasie West
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: Feb 12th 2013
Source: Publisher
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.
My Thoughts
After reading The Distance Between Us last month(and lovin' it!) I could hardly wait to pick up Pivot Point. As excited as I was to find out that Pivot Point focuses on parallel worlds I have to admit that I felt a little apprehensive when I found out that about the super powers part. But all of that vanished when I started reading Pivot Point. This book was good. Like really really good.

All of us make choices on a daily basis, right? 
What if you were to find out that one of these seemingly minuscule decisions has the chance to change your life forever? 
And what if you knew the consequences that came with making one of these seemingly unimportant choice?
Does being aware of these consequences make it any easier to make that decision?
With her parents' decision to separate, Addie has to choose between living with her mother in the Compound and living with her dad in the Norm World. Addie's clairvoyance ability should make this task of choosing an easy one. Knowing the outcomes of her choices is not as great as one would think especially when it means that she has to choose between her loved ones.

Kasie West succeeds AGAIN in forcing her way into my list of favorite authors with her refreshing debut, Pivot Point. Both of Addie's potential paths are narrated in alternating chapters-the transitions from one parallel world to another was seamless and done exceptionally well. I got sucked into one version of Addie's future only to get pulled back and introduced to another version that was equally compelling! West keeps moving the reader back and forth between the futures and this strategy made Pivot Point unputdownable! 


Addie's voice was an important factor for the success of this book since the story is narrated by her, she's smart, organized, strong and sarcastic. The choice she makes at the end was a hard but necessary one and I respected the fact that she made this choice in order to protect someone that she loved.

“When I read, I feel emotion all on my own. Emotion no living person is making me feel.” 
It is rare to find books where best friend relationships in books are portrayed realistically but West does this quiet well. Laila was a character that I liked a lot and her interaction with Addie was a pleasure to read.
“He shrugs. "Doesn't help to waste my time thinking about would've-beens." 
Laila whispers, "He says to the girl with a mind full of them.” 
Duke-the hot and poular quarterback who can charm people into doing pretty much anything he wants.
Trevor-All I can say is Duke pales in comparison to this guy. This ex-football player(courtesy of back injury while playing) is a sweet and  talented guy. Basically, Trevor was totally irresistible and swoonworthy!

“Your eyelashes make mine want to commit suicide from shame.” 
And just like in The Distance Between Us the romance part of the book was so well written that it makes you want to stand on the sidelines and cheer out loud for Addie! 
“I want you to choose me, Addie,” he whispers. “I want this to be real.”
I also loved the interactions between Addie and her parents(who also have cool abilities-her dad is a Discerner and her mom's a Persuasive) and , this is where a lot of other YA books fail. Unlike other books of this genre Addie's parents were always present and not 'conveniently' absent-Thank God!

West's writing was simple yet captivating. There's just the right amount of romance, angst, mystery, humor and paranormal elements to keep you turning those pages. Once again, Kasie West exceeds my expectations and delivers a book that'll make you want to read it one sitting and finish it, only to pick it up once again. The world building was satisfactory but I would have to loved to know a little more about Addie's life inside the compound and the abilities that inhabitants possessed. Hopefully this will be explored in details in the sequel-Sooo excited! 

I absolutely cannot wait to read Split Second!
My Rating
* A huge thank you to Harper Teen and Kasie West for a copy of this amazing book. *
P.S. - Pivot Point is just $1.99 on Amazon so here's your chance people! ;)

3 comments :

  1. Awesome review.. I'm glad you loved this book so much. :) I'm super excited to read Pivot Point now and I really should read The Distance Between Us soon too!

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  2. Roll on Split Second, I can't wait for it! I was unsure if the paranormal aspect would work for me but I loved it. Great mix of contemp and sci fi.

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  3. Great review! I also loved this book too. I really liked the parallel universe angle and felt she did such a good job crossing them together too. I can't wait for Split Second.

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