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February 14, 2013

Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)
Title: Pivot Point
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication date: February 12, 2013
Genre(s): Young Adult (Sci-Fi/Time Traveling)
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC
Pages: 352
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
Addison Coleman is a divergent, or the more accustomed to term "Clairvoyant". She lives inside a compound with other people with powers like her. That is the para world she has always known. However when her parents drop the bomb that is any child's nightmare, a divorce, she has to decide who she is going to live with. Her mother, in the para world, or her father, who will be moving to the "Norm" world. Which is the world where us "normal" little beings live in right now. So what does Addie do? she uses her power whenever she is faced with a hard decision, this one in particular she looks 6 weeks ahead into the outcomes of both paths. 
This plot.. this genius plot, in my opinion, allowed Kasie West to create a dual and parallel (time-wise) reality where the chapters interchange between the Para and Norm world and follow Addie. I honestly felt like I was reading two novels.. one that is purely contemporary (Norm world) while the other is contemporary with a hint of paranormal (Para world). I loved how they were mostly independent of each other, but you still get glimpses of both worlds when the schools play against each other and you meet characters and see them through the eyes of the other world.
In terms of world building and just what is more appealing to me, I preferred the Norm world. If you ever pick up the book you'll know why in the end, but from the beginning that was the reality I preferred. We have Trevor, the sweeter than honey (oh yea I went there) cowboy who was the star quarterback of his school until his injury, as well as the group of friends he hangs out with and Addie gets introduced to. I just loved Trevor and found him to be a great and layered character. As for the Para world, Addie starts hanging out with Duke, the cocky quarterback at her school; her life no different than it really was before. She has her best friend to hang out with, and now, the all mighty, Duke. In terms of character depth and world building, I believe the Norm world was superior over the Para world. 
Now, you are probably wondering what is the whole point of this book? well, what I can say is that the decision that Addie will make, moving to the Norm or staying in the Para world, could result in dangerous situations, one more dangerous and lethal than the other. I kept on reading this book nonstop because I couldn't put it down, not because of this decision she has to make. I was sucked into both worlds and enjoyed every minute of it. Addie, was a great female protagonist; She was independent, confident, and just fun to read about. I squealed when I found out that there is a sequel to this novel and I can't wait for it. I just need to point out how beautiful the cover is. I need this book in my life for the writing (you're awesome Kasie) and also for this beautiful cover. 
*goes off to buy a copy at the bookstore* 


  1. I love your review! I totally agree: the plot is GENIUS! It's so carefully crafted; I loved it! And Trevor is SO super sweet!! ♥ ♥

  2. I love the concept of this book, too bad I didn't pay much attention to it when I saw a copy was up for request, but after several praising reviews and your glowing review too Juhina I think I will be buying a copy of this asap! Gorgeous review! :)

  3. Really excited about the book now. I wasn't too keen on the parallel world plot because most parallel world YAs are really disorganized and clustered too much in one world. Now, Pivot Point seems like a must on the to-read list (darn it!). Love this review so much!

    Angie @ YA Novelties

  4. So glad you enjoyed this one! I think this plot and concept is pretty genius too. Fabulous review! :-)

  5. I am super excited for this one! I can't wait to see how this parallel universe idea works out. It really is genius! The characters sound great too and I can't wait to meet them and see what decision Addie makes. I'm glad you enjoyed this!

    Awesomesauce review, Juhina! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  6. You're right, your review made me more determined to get this book and read it soon! I definitely wanted to from before since it sounded amazing, but this review helped!

    Great review Juhina! :)

  7. Thanks so much for the great review. :)

  8. Great review :D This book does seem pretty awesome. I'm glad you loved it :)
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

  9. Well as I still haven't read this book I might say that I'm missing a lot. I've seen few reviews for this one but now I have to read it. It sounds amazing! :) Great review :)

  10. LOL! I've been seeing this book pop up everywhere. So glad you liked it. I loved it. Especially the ending where you see the out come of the search, freaking awesome!

  11. I cannot wait to read this one! Happy to hear you loved it!

  12. YEAH!!!! I loved this one too! I thought it was brilliant, and Kasie handled the two alternating plotlines so perfectly. AND TREVOR! Oh man did I adore him:) Fabulous review Juhina!

  13. Wonderful review. I absolutely loved this. This was one that I will be waiting anxiously waiting for the sequel.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  14. I just read this one last week and I agree with you about everything. I found the Norm world to be the better of the two and oh my gosh I adored Trevor. Also, I totally didn't see the dangerous situations coming at all. The end was such a shocker. Great review!

  15. Because I'm a huge Fringe fan, I love everything about alternate/parallel universes. I didn't realize this book played with that theme! Definitely picking it up!

    Great review!