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Review: Pivot Point

Pivot PointTitle: Pivot Point
Author: Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point, #1
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal
Publication Information: HarperTeen, 2013
Age Recommendation: Middle School/High School

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.

(Summary from Goodreads)

Pivot Point was a quick, entertaining read, and while I didn’t love it, I did enjoy it enough to want to read the next book.

I didn’t feel strongly either way about Addie, but she was realistic, and her motivations were easy to understand. I loved how loyal she was to her friends, even ones like Stephanie she still wasn’t sure about. This loyalty plays an important part in the ending, which was done particularly well.

Speaking of Addie’s friends, I wasn’t a huge fan of Duke or Stephanie. Both of them were so into themselves, and Addie really deserved better. I loved Travis, though, and he was my favorite character in the entire book. I really liked Layla, too, especially since she spent the entire book trying to get Addie to come out of her shell. (I mean, maybe she didn’t go about it the best way all the time, but she meant well.)

I really wish the Compound had been developed more. It’s mostly this ambiguous entity throughout the book, when I really wanted to know more about how everyone was kept in line when there’s a whole bunch of people with real, actual superpowers, and things like that. Also, there’s this whole subplot with the football team from inside the Compound playing other teams outside, and I just didn’t understand why they’d do that. Why risk exposing yourself like that if you’re trying to keep your powers a secret?

Overall, Pivot Point was a pretty solid read. It had problems, but was entertaining enough for me to overlook them and for me to see where Addie’s story goes next.

Rating: 3/5 Stars


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