Pivot Point by Kasie West

Pages: 343    PivotPoint

 Publisher: Harper Teen

Source: J Reads YA! Giveaway

Summary from Goodreads:

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: 

Pivot Point has one of the most clever plots I’ve read in a while. Told in alternating chapters of two futures, Pivot Point kept me guessing as to what exactly would happen next. I always had some inklings about what would happen, but then a new plot element would be added to the story that complicated it further. I was quickly turning the pages the whole time.

I started Pivot Point once before, but didn’t get very far. I think it was Addie’s personality that had annoyed me when I first tried to read this book. She comes off as a bit spoiled and immature for the first few pages of the book. But, Addie grows a lot throughout the book by having to make difficult decisions.

Reading two futures at once did confuse me sometimes, especially when I wasn’t paying very close attention. The way in which the two choices affected each other was pretty fun to read. Sometimes I thought I knew which possibility Addie would choose, but something new would happen to make me rethink things. I preferred reading the future where Addie stays on the Compound, but both perspectives were nice to read.

I didn’t like many characters in the book because sometimes they were flat or stereotypes. There is a star quarter back, a sensitive artist, mean cheerleaders, an outgoing and extroverted best friend who wants to help popular-ize her bookworm best friend, etc… I have forgotten a lot of the names of some of the secondary characters because they simply didn’t play any role in the overall story.

I’m still left wondering a few things, such as the motives of certain characters. Pivot Point will have a sequel coming out in February. I can’t really talk more about the ending for fear of spoiling everything. 

At one point this may have been a 5 star book for me. Pivot Point is worth the read. Despite having a few flaws, it is an engaging and exciting novel.

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