Monday, March 11, 2013

Guest ARC Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Pivot Point 
Author: Kasie West
Publication: HarperTeen (February 12, 2013)

Description: 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.

Guest Reviewer Deb's Thoughts: My favorite quote occurs in a conversation between Addie and Trevor as they are getting to know one another.  Addie says to Trevor, “Thanks.  And can we just get this out of the way?  Your eyelashes make mine want to commit suicide from shame.”  I’ve never quite thought or used these exact words when I’ve admired the length of some boys’ long eyelashes; but I know I will remember this quote in future encounters.

If I had been asked to rate Pivot Point by Kasie West, using a five-star scale,  I would easily  give this book five of five stars.  Technically, as a character-based book, Pivot Point, is nearly flawless, and the narrative structure is almost textbook perfect.  The story is told in a dual reality perspective. The first reality presented comes from a ‘secret’ Compound where life with special superhuman abilities is the norm.  West introduces the reader to characters who can move objects telekinetically,as well as those who are able to manipulate the moods of others. The second reality takes us to the normal world where Addie, the main character, has to learn our present ways of life lacking the technology available to her in her Compound. The main idea of the story:  which reality do you choose, when “in reality” you want neither?

Addie Coleman is a Searcher, meaning that when she is faced with two choices, she can search the future to see both outcomes.  The chapters of the book alternate between descriptions of first one reality, and then the possible outcome of the second. When Addie’s parents announce they are getting a divorce, they want Addie to decide whether to stay with her mother in the Compound where people with supernatural abilities live, or move to Dallas, Texas with her father and live amongst normal people.  Addie searches each possible future to decide which outcome will be most beneficial.  She discovers that her decision will not be simple as she is faced with two completely different lives, two different parents, and two different boy friends.  Addie’s life is one big “What if?” and she finds out that knowing both paths doesn’t necessarily make choosing any easier.  Without giving any spoilers, I’ll tell you it ended perfectly!  I loved this book!

I got this ARC from the Amazon Vine program. You can buy your copy here.

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