REVIEW #91: Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West

Title: Pivot Point
Series: Pivot Point #1
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Pages: 352, Hardcover

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.

 

What an original, well-executed, and brilliant story!

I loved the idea of living out two futures and then deciding which path to take. Of course, the choice doesn’t end up being easy – where is the fun in that? I was so enthralled by both futures and I could feel my anticipation building the more I read. I didn’t know what was going to happen but I knew it would be something big. The ending didn’t disappoint. And it was one of those that is both complete and satisfying. There is still a lot to look forward to but no huge cliffhanger until the next book.

And I loved how Kassie West subtly connected the two futures. Addison’s choice has an effect on others but only to a certain degree. Some things happen as they were always meant to happen and other things happen but with slight variations. And with paragraphs alternating between each version of her future you appreciate the differences and observe the ripple effect. And all characters are present in both futures to varying degrees. I just thought the whole concept and execution was really neat.

And the writing was so much fun!! I loved her relationship with both boys. Her relationship with Trevor was a little more serious, whereas her relationship with Duke was a little more playful. There were a few LOL moments for me where Duke was involved. For instance:

"'That would bring out your eyes,' he says.
'How would that bring out my eyes?'
'Because your eyes are . . .' He trails off as I meet his gaze. 'Uh, brown. your eyes are brown. I could've sworn they were blue.'
'It's hard to keep track when you're looking into so many, isn't it?'
He narrows his eyes in confusion and I try not to laugh."


Note: her eyes really were blue but she was using light manipulation to change them. I also really liked Laila, her best friend. She was so lively and exciting. One of my favorite quotes from her was from one of their phone conversations:

"'Aw, I'm like a proud mother bird watching my daughter fly from the nest. Fly, little bird, fly. Oh no! Don't fall. No, that's the ground. Addie, watch out for the ground. Man, tough luck. You'd better come back home.'
I stick out my bottom lip. 'Was that supposed to be encouraging?'
'No, but it amused me. And I'm ready for you to come home.'"


Really, just amazing secondary characters all around. And Addison herself was a great lead character. She was so smart and interesting and had a really good voice for the delivery of this story.

My only complaint – and it’s not even really a complaint – and I’m talking SO SMALL it shouldn’t change your mind at all – but for the sake of an honest well-rounded review I will say I had a LITTLE difficulty remembering where the last story left off when each chapter began. But it only lasted a second. So pretend I didn't say anything :)

Ok I have to admit something here – this book contained what might be my favorite sentence read of all time:

"I stir around the last few Cheerios in my bowl, the effort required to fish them out one by one too hard to find on a Monday morning."

Does that say everything about me? I am an avid eater of cereal and adored this sentence. I can’t really explain it except been there done that. It was so honest and unexpected and quirky and spoke to me. Ha.

Ok for reals now. This book is fantastic and you need to read it. Just do it. PEER PRESSURE. But really, please? You won’t be disappointed!
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14 comments:

  1. I know I need to read this one and your review just proved that point! I'm gonna try to get on this one soon! I mean you gave it 5 stars!

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    1. Yes do Christianna! I think you will enjoy this one!

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  2. I love the idea of being able to see the outcomes of a choice to help you decide! I think this is such a great idea for a story and am glad to read from your review who much you liked it! Great characters and good writing are important to me so this book sounds perfect for me! Thanks for your great comments!

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    1. It really was such a neat idea and well executed! I hope you read it soon and love it as much as I did!!

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  3. Damn, I was never any good at resisting peer pressure. Guess I'll just have to add it to my must-read list!

    BookishTrish @ Between the Lines

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  4. AHH... another awesome review about this book! It is sitting on my shelf!! It is on a lower shelf-- maybe I need to move it up to eye level so I grab it sooner than later! :) Love that cheerios quote. haha

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    1. Definitely time to move this one up the list! I was mad at myself for not having read it sooner! It's a new and exciting idea!

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  5. Those quotes just blew me away! Oh and that Cheerio quote, story of my life as well on a Monday morning. Your review has me super excited about reading this! I love the whole idea about two different paths you can choose and getting to see their outcomes, that would be such a hard choice. I will just have to give into the peer pressure... I added it to my TBR pile and moved it up on my list! Thanks for the reading suggestion!

    P.S. I better not be disappointed, you promised! lol ;)

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    1. yay you relate to my cereal madness!! :D :D I am confident that you will like this one. It was great! so excited now for you to read this now!

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  6. This book sounds great! I love the idea of getting the option to "test drive" both choices before making a decision, and I'm interested to see how it's executed. The lines you picked out are pretty great too!

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  7. I'm so happy you liked this book! I flew through it, and I did not expect that. I loved the two relationships and I never picked up on the differences between her and Trevor and her and Duke. I'll be honest, I was all team Duke and everyone was laughing at me and I couldn't figure out why until the end lol.

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  8. Great review. Glad you enjoyed it :)

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  9. This book sounds awesome! Everybody is so positive about it. The concept of two potential futures is great, but imagine that it happens to you.. I don't want to think about it, but I'm happy with my one future :p

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