Series: Pivot Point, Book 1
Author: Kasie West
Age Group: Young Adult
Publication Date: February 12th, 2013 by HarperTeen
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 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’s parents are getting a divorce and she’s given the choice as to who she wants to live with. She’s a clairvoyant, when given a choice she can search her future where she can see both outcomes and choose the path she wants. To decide who she wants to live with she searches six weeks ahead to see which path looks more promising.
Addie is a great character, she’s loyal, funny, intelligent, caring and to top it all off she loves books, especially paperbacks! I liked how she quoted books and her room at her mums with book pages and quotes decorated her walls, how awesome is that!
I loved how the book was told, rather than playing the six weeks after each other they were done parallel, one day in the Compound the next in the Norm world. It felt like I was reading two separate novels, an original idea on West’s part, genius.
Now for the love interests. In the paranormal world we have Duke Rivers, the hot quarterback who’s charming and cute; and in the Normal world there’s Trevor the would have been star but no longer due to a shoulder injury who’s funny, artistic, kind and a lot hotter in my opinion. Trevor was definitely my favourite, he just seemed so genuine (and maybe i loved his cowboy boots), whereas there was just something I didn’t like about Duke almost from the start.
Once Addie has searched the two outcomes I feel she made the right choice, It was the one I would have chosen but would have rather had the other one. It was a choice between dangerous or dangerous and lethal. There wasn’t really much of an option once they had played out. It just shows Addie is willing to put other people before herself which was great and totally in character.
Overall I really enjoyed reading ‘Pivot Point’ (West’s Debut) and look forward to reading more of her work.