Series: Pivot Point,
Also in this series: Split Second
Published by Harper Teen on 12 February 2013
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Paranormal, Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Also by this author: The Distance Between Us, Split Second, On the Fence, The Fill-In Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You
Place(s) Traveled to: Dallas, Texas //Jackson, Texas (AKA The Compound)
First Line: “Heads up,” a loud voice shouted from my right. I looked up in time to see a football smack me right between the eyes.
I first discovered Kasie West when I read her young adult contemporary, The Distance Between Us, a book that had me falling head over heels in love. I was then really curious about her debut, Pivot Point, but scared at the same time for what if this book didn’t live up to the first one I’d read by her? Its through the near constant nagging from Andi over at AndiABCs that I finally decided to cave and give Pivot Point a go. As usual, Andi was right and I really enjoyed Pivot Point, not as much as her contemporary but enough that I managed to read it in one sitting.
Once I started I couldn’t put this book down so I was really glad that I had decided to read it during the read-a-thon as I had not plans that day other than to read. At first, I was a little confused on the set up of the novel. In Addie’s world there are people who have paranormal powers, not witches or vampires but more like telekinesis or clairvoyance. Addie has the ability to see all the different outcomes of a choice with the draw back that she can only “search” through her timeline. Most people with abilities like Addie’s live in The Compound separated from normals and able to use their powers at will. Then one day Addie is faced with a choice to remain in The Compound and all she knows or experience life in the normal world. In Pivot Point the chapters alternate between Addie’s two different paths as she tries to determine which choice to make.
Initially this change in timeline was a bit confusing me to me and it would take a paragraph or two in order to figure out where I was. Though when I mentioned this on twitter several people pointed out that the definitions at the start of each chapter provided the clue needed to let the reader know what timeline we were in.
It was so clear once that was pointed out but darn it I did feel like an idiot. lol
Overall, Pivot Point, was a faced paced story and I was so invested in wanting to know which choice Addie would make. Faced with the different outcomes I can see why she chose the one she did but part of me was also sad by the choice. I just liked the person Addie became in the timeline she didn’t chose better but I know that even though it was a tough choice it was the right one. I liked how the two timelines were both very similar, Addie’s fate and the various events that were going on were all still happened but how she experienced them were different. I think that West did a great job in making all the different pieces fit together in a realistic way.
I also liked most of the characters in the story as well. Addie’s mom was a bit of a caricature at times but I can see how she was based on what we know of her ability. Addie’s dad was lovable and I just wanted to see more of him. As for Addie’s friends, I liked her normal ones better than the ones in the Compound. I was not a fan of Addie’s BFF Laila as to me she was one of those false BFFs that I dislike so much in books. She always seemed to care more about herself then what would be good for Addie. She was selfish and annoying and I just didn’t enjoy reading many scenes that she was in.
Pivot Point also includes a love triangle of sorts, which if you know me you know that I detest them, but Kasie West conquers this in such an ingenious way that its not really a love triangle at all. In each timeline Addie falls for a boy and that romance she has is also part of the decision making process. One boy in an a$$ of epic proportions (IMO) and the other is just so absolutely perfect for her even if he does have some issues. Romance isn’t the only thing driving Pivot Point and that is a good thing even though I think that the story could have stood on this plot point alone. But there is also this deeper, more involved mystery and that is what really sucked me in as a reader.
If you’ve been on the fence about Pivot Point then you need to run to your nearest bookstore or library and grab yourself a copy. This book will not disappoint and it will make you hunger for its sequel, Split Second (available 11 February 2014 from Harper Teen) which deals with the aftershocks of the events in Pivot Point. I am so excited to have a copy of this book and now just need some free time in order to be able to sit down and devour it!