Book Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West


Title: Pivot Point
Series: (Pivot Point #1)
Author Info: Website | Twitter| Goodreads
Characters: Addie, Trevor, Duke, and Laila
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre Type: Paranormal
Publication Date: February 12th 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Format: Hardcover
Pages:  352 pages
Source: Bought
Challenge: 2013 Debut Author Challenge

Pivot Point by Kasie West is an exceptionally well done debut novel. To me, it had all the right elements needed to make a really great book; a unique story line,  just the right mix of paranormal and romance, a cast of characters that you end up really caring about, and a killer ending. If you're a Young Adult fan looking for something new to enjoy, and want something with a unique twist, I think you’ll really like this truly original tale.

Addie lives with her parents in a secret community for those gifted with paranormal abilities, and goes to High School to learn how to control and enhance those powers. As a Searcher, Addie has the power not only to see into her future, but she can see more than one possible outcome.

Little does Addie know that her life is about to change. Her parents have just announced their divorce and ask Addie to decided who she wants to live with. If she chooses her father, she will have to leave her home at the paranormal compound and live outside with the "Norms," if she chooses her mom she can live at the compound, hang out with her best friend Laila, and still go to the same High School.Okay, here’s where things really begin to get interesting in Pivot Point. Addie decides to use her abilities as a searcher to live out two of her alternating lives for six weeks. By the end of the six week search, Addie shouldn't have any problems deciding which future is the best. Right? Wrong! 

Ms. West takes us on a six week journey with Addison as she lives basically lives two different lives.  In one life, she leaves the paranormal compound to go and live with her Dad in Normville (Dallas, Texas) and at the local high school, she met Trevor, who is not only cute and artistic, but seems to understand her feelings more than anyone else. In the other alternate life, Addie gets to live with her mom, and go to school with her best friend Laila. She even ends up being pursued by the school’s hottie quarterback, Duke. Things only get more confusing when her dad gets involved solving a murder case at the paranormal compound, and a series of dangerous events involving Trevor, Duke, and Laila, begin to occur. How can Addie choose a path when both hold potential for love, loss,  and heartache?

I really enjoyed how the story in Pivot Point slowly unfolded, each chapter alternating between Addie’s two futures. What was so brilliant to me was how Ms. West began to overlap the characters and interweave the storyline so that both eventually tied into one another.  I really was impressed with Pivot Point; the awesome alternating storyline, it’s characters, and oh man, that ending!

My Rating: 5 Stars

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