Friday, January 11, 2013

Pivot Point by Kasie West, Yes Please!


This book was pretty amazing. I downloaded an ARC of Pivot Point by Kasie West from Edelweiss, then found out she’s from my hometown. (In no way did this affect my review) This book had me hooked in every moment of Addie’s story. I loved the concept of reading about the two futures of Addie’s life. There is a lot of refined detail to each side of the coin of Addie’s future. Kasie West didn’t miss a beat when having to include detail from both futures of Addie’s path within each other. Big wink to the Fat Jack's reference.

The characters were wonderful because they are realistic teens and even though they have some pretty cool clairvoyant powers their down to earth, especially Leila Addie’s BFF who I adored. She had me laughing throughout and I loved her dialogue on page 72 when she compares Addie to a baby bird. It was worthy of a highlight in my Nook.

Pivot Point will please both contemporary fiction lovers and paranormal lovers. It has the best of both worlds and keeps you entertained while in Addie’s world of friendship, family, romance and a thrilling mystery lurking around the corner that had me glued to this book.  

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Summary:

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.


Addie is a young teen that faces a common problem these days regarding her choice between which two parents to live with after a divorce. I like that she never seemed to be an extremely bitter teen. Even though she goes through a minor rebellion stage, it’s funny because it’s planned strategically. While reading both futures of Addie I was able to see a complete version of her because of the two male leads, Duke and Trevor. In the future with Duke I wanted to tell Addie to stop overanalyzing and have some fun. She is seen as more of a planner and wallflower. In the future with Trevor I was able to see the softer side of her because she is so thoughtful when it comes to being Trevor’s friend. When he hurts his arm she shows up at his doorstep with a comic book and a heating pad. I mean come on, that’s a great friend! What I’m trying to get across here is that Kasie West allows readers to see Addie as a loveable character by pulling the best sides of her in both futures. She’s like two sides of a sandwich and the story is the PB&J. LOL!

Trevor is an all American guy who has a lot of friends but still manages to stand on his own. He has a presence in the book that readers will be drawn to. He’s the guy who welcomes the new kid and you get a sense that he stands up for the people who can’t. After his injury he has a sense of who he really is and wants to become, Addie makes him realize this even more. Plus he loves zombies and comic books and that ranks anyone high on my list. His dialogue with Addie is funny and sweet. Loved the note in the library book to Addie, very fun.    

Duke is flirty and Mr. Popular, someone who Addie never saw herself even capable of holding a conversation with. He pulls her out of her shell a bit and challenges her. She is definitely more sarcastic around him, which only draws Duke in more because that alone makes her different than any other girl in school. I felt sad for Duke because he has tons of options of where to attend college that would make any serious student salivate and yet can’t make a decision.

Pivot Point is a solid YA book that teens can read and pass to their mothers. Kasie West doesn’t go over the top with how her characters interact romantically but will satisfy all readers. This book is probably a great pick for school libraries as well. Even though Pivot Point does not have tons of action like most books about clairvoyant mind powers, it was very addictive because of the mystery and suspense that is involved. It really keeps you guessing and I was actually surprised by the ending. Kasie West you are a talent that I am proud of and I plan to share your book with many. So be sure to get yours February 12th.  

1 comment:

  1. Gotta love Fat Jack's right? :) I love pulling local stores into my stories. I have a different store reference in my next book. Ha. :) Thanks for the great review. I'm so glad you liked it.

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