Title: Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1)
Author: Kasie West
Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal
Synopsis: 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.
Final Rating: ★★★☆☆ (more like a 3.5)
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I hadn’t heard much about this book, but I’d seen it in enough book hauls to be curious about it. I snagged a copy off Book Outlet, and it had just been sitting on my shelf until I decided to pick it up. I expected it to be light and entertaining and fast-paced. I wasn’t disappointed in this aspect.
Most of the book was light and fluffy, and I enjoyed that. I liked both the love interests as characters, if not as people. And the premise was interesting enough to keep me reading. On top of that, the ending was unexpected and I will be picking up the next book to see what happens to the characters.
But I did have some issues. Some I’m not really sure about, others are very real problems.
I felt the paranormal aspect of the book took a back seat for the most part. I was really interested in the Compound, and its history, and even though I did get a little bit of that, I didn’t get enough. In books with the ‘secrecy from the Muggles’ element, as I like to call it, I feel it’s very important to properly develop the ‘inner’ world. It was very clear in this book what the ‘inner’ world was, how it functioned, but I would have liked a little more detail, but maybe that’s just me.
While I enjoyed the twist at the end and the reason it happened, I thought that the climax was very rushed. I would have liked for it to be a little more fleshed out, and some more explanations as to why and how the villain did what he did.
I really enjoyed the love triangle with a twist. This girl is not really deciding between two boys- she’s deciding between two paths, each leads her to one boy. I was rooting for Duke at first, completely transfixed with the charming-jock-falls-for-the-ordinary-girl trope, but as the relationship between Trevor and Addie developed, I found myself shipping them. I really liked how that was done in the book.
My main problem was the characters. I didn’t like Addie much as a character. I didn’t think she had any depth to her. She was pretty smart, and she made logical decisions, but I didn’t really get a sense of what she wanted out of life. It might have been because she was faced with two different paths that affected her in two very different ways. That might have been why there were certain inconsistencies to her personality, but it just didn’t really work for me.
Her best friend, Laila, seemed flat for the most part. Like she says to Addie in the book, she’s there mostly for the comic relief. I know for a fact that the next book focuses on Laila a lot more, so I’m excited to see a little more of her personality.
I liked the two main guys in the book. I liked Duke as a character, but not as a person. I liked Trevor as a character and a person, and the unfolding of their stories and their personalities really intrigued me.
Kasie West has a fantastic imagination. I haven’t read anything like this book, and I enjoyed it quite a lot, despite its problems. But her language didn’t do anything for me. I thought it was uninspiring and clichè. She doesn’t have that distinctive touch to her writing. While it didn’t bother me much, because she’s not a bad writer whatsoever, it didn’t really capture my attention either.
Would I re-read? No.
Would I recommend? To an audience who likes light, fluffy, entertaining reads, yes.