Pivot Point by Kasie West | Book Review

Pivot Point by Kasie West | Book ReviewPivot Point by Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #1
Published by HarperTeen on February 12th 2013
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 343
Format: Paperback

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.

What I thought NEW

“I don’t care when people think I’m an antisocial, controlling bookworm because that’s what I am. It’s when they interpret me wrong that I have a problem.”  

― Kasie West, Pivot Point    

This book was absolutely genius! There’s really no other way to describe it. After reading a few books that I didn’t really like, you can’t imagine the relief of reading a book like Pivot Point. A suspenseful and highly original read that I could not put down until I’d finished it.

The premise of this book was so original. There’s Two paths – two highly different futures – playing out simultaneously. They play out simultaneously, but overlap every now and then. Both paths have similar elements, there’s actually some events that happen in both futures! Very similar, but slightly different at the same time. And the structure… Brilliant! I’ve never read anything like it.

Also, this book was very character-driven. Amazing character building, with a very likable protagonist. Addie is hard not to like. She’s, by her own saying, an “antisocial, controlling bookworm.” Really, what’s not to like? A girl after our own heart right? She’s fun, has a thing for organisation, and has a subtle and witty humour. Actually, throw subtle out of the window, she’s absolutely hilarious! Hilarious, without it coming across as forced. It just flowed and fitted her character perfectly!

Those two paths I’ve been talking about, lead to TWO different love interests! And the best part is, its no love-triangle! Nope, its two different futures and its just so absolutely awesome. I was torn between the two, they are opposites but equally attractive. Though as the book progressed, it wasn’t hard to pick a side *cough* Trevor *cough.* I love how Addie and Trevor’s relationship grows from a pretty awesome friendship into something more (even more awesome!). It was sweet, slow-building, and sweet with a cherry on top. I want a Trevor myself… no scratch that, I want Trevor!

Great dialogue! Dialogue that had me laughing and giggling and laughing out loud and squealing.

Then, the ending, was very satisfying! A bit heart-breaking, but every bit of great like the rest of the story, and imagine my luck and earth-shattering happiness when I found out that the sequel Split Second releases TOMORROW! Can we get a happy dance? I am ordering it right NOW! I really don’t know what to expect. I can only hope, but I literally don’t know what to expect and I just love the feeling and can’t wait to get my hands on that sequel!

“One person can’t change the future. Do you know how many people and things are involved in every major event that happens? Sure, you might be able to change some of the minor aspects of a day, but ultimately things that are going to happen, if you go along a certain path, do happen.”

― Kasie West, Pivot Point    

*Tackles and hugs Kim* for making this February’s Epic Rec!

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  1. 10/02/2014 / 21:40

    I’ve been looking forward to this on for quite some time. And now your review has me even more excited!

    • Iris
      10/02/2014 / 22:37

      Aww thank you! You should really read it :) I’d love to hear your thoughts!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. 10/02/2014 / 21:43

    Glad you liked it! It was one of the best books I read last year! I just loved it!

    • Iris
      10/02/2014 / 22:39

      I know right! Well, one of my favourite reads for this year than of course (and we have another 11 months left haha). But that says a lot!

      It really was a great read! Thanks for stopping by

  3. 11/02/2014 / 11:28

    I’M SO HAPPY THAT YOU LOVE PIVOT POINT :D I TOTALLY knew you would, haha. No, kidding, I just wished you would ;)

    I was also very happy that Pivot Point didn’t have a true love triangle. It’s what kept me a bit hesitant when I first started reading it last year. But because of the two different paths it’s so different and I loved it. At first I was totally rooting for Duke, but then you know what happens and of course now I’m clearly for Trevor.

    Also, wasn’t it awesome that the whole ending wasn’t just about which guy she liked more?! But yeah it was also heartbreaking :(

    You know, I’m actually very jealous of you because I’ve been waiting on Split Second to come out for MONTHS because I need to know how it’s going to end (and I’m sad this is only a duology) and you finished it a day before Split Second’s release haha! Anyway, I’ll be reading Something Strange and Deadly soon so I’ll very likely tackle and hug you back for recommending me that one ;)

    • Iris
      12/02/2014 / 18:19

      It must sound silly, but when I read the synopsis, I didn’t even realize there was a chance at a love-triangle. The two different paths bring the story in such a way that there just isn’t one present. They’re different futures, and there’s no guys competing, brilliantly different and original. Such a relief! And yeah, even more since the ending wasn’t about which boy to choose!

      Duke had some of my interest at first as well… He was an interesting character, and the football incidents were hilarious :) But Trevor stole my heart pretty early one. He just was this very cool guy and the dialogues between Addie and Trevor were THAT great.

      I ordered Split Second, and I HATE that I have to wait 5 days for it to arrive (yes, 5 days *sighs*) Though its nothing to the wait you had to endure. That must’ve been killing and it is too bad its only a duology! But maybe its good as well (though I say it without much conviction)

      Fingers crossed you like Something Strange and Deadly as much!

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