Title: Pivot Point
(Pivot Point #1)
Author: Kasie West
Format: Print ARC
Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: 5 stars
Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .
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
This is a very unique blend of the paranormal and contemporary aspects of YA.
Addie is a girl on the verge of a great change in her life with the impending divorce of her parents.
Faced with the choice of living with either her mother or father, Addie chooses to use her unique ability as a Searcher to explore the possible outcome of each choice.
This story is one that engages readers from the start. Divorce and the choices that must be made as a result provide readers with a great lead into a promising drama. When such an emotional "hot button" is paired with likable characters, hints of danger, a bit of mystery, teen romance, and the paranormal; the result is YA goodness of the first order.
This is a book that does the one thing that most YA plots do not. It puts the protagonist in charge of the outcome of her life, without taking away the mystery and journey involved in arriving at said outcome. Readers are allowed to wonder, question, celebrate and worry along with Addie as she experiences both paths.
This is also a book in which the reader gets to choose a path and see if the path that they chose was the same as the one chosen by Addie in the end.
Nothing about this book is ever a given, and as such, there is no clearly right or wrong path.
This is a true masterpiece with a surprise ending that will both touch your heart and get you primed for the next book in what promises to be a great series.