Pivot Point

Title: Pivot Point
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
Pages: 352
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Library
Rating: 4/5

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.

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If you’re looking for a paranormal book with a twist, you’ve come to the right place. Pivot Point is that and more, with quirky, relatable characters and two exciting parallel romances. Kasie West’s writing is, in a word, delightful. Her prose is sharp and engaging, and actually reminded me a lot of another YA author I love, Cynthia Hand.

Besides feeling frustrated with writing reviews and the unrealistic perfection of fictional men, I have also been down on the paranormal genre for a while. High schools for paranormal kids aren’t necessarily a new concept, but combined with Kasie West’s writing and exciting storytelling ability, this book was the definition of a breath of fresh air.

Addie was funny and spunky in all the right ways. Laila, while not necessarily the best friend in the world, was certainly entertaining and added just the right amount of spice to the story. Rowan and Bobby were perfectly creepy. Trevor defied the jock stereotype wonderfully, being sensitive and smart as well. Even though I really liked Trevor, I found myself rooting for Duke, although, like Addie, I don’t usually root for the “obvious” boys.

Pivot Point was exactly the kind of book I’ve been in the mood for. Even more exciting than a future sequel for PP is that Kasie West will be releasing a second book, The Distance Between Us, on July 2 of this year! West blew me away with Pivot Point, so I can’t even imagine how good The Distance will be!

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