Pivot Point by Kasie West
Published : February 12th 2013 by HarperTeen
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.
Danie thought :
I did this as a readathon with Katie from Spirit of Children’s Literature and Steph from Love.Life.Read. I desperately needed to finish this one, because I had gotten Split Second as an ARC from the publisher, and these two jumped in with me. I’m so glad they did, because I had a blast! As a matter of fact, we’re going to be doing monthly read-a-longs, so if you’re interested, let me know and I’ll be sure to include you in our emails!
Anyway on to the book….Addie has the ability to “search.” This means that she can see the consequences of every choice that she makes. What would happen if she dyed her hair? What would happen if she moved in with her father? What would happen if…You get the point.
First off, how freaking cool would that be? I’d be searching all the time. No joke. Secondly, I really think this is such an awesome idea, and not once I can remember seeing in YA. I especially like the parallels between the two lives (for example, the guy showing up for drug money in both choices, but Addie was there for one, and heard the other over the phone). I thought it was interesting how that was woven throughout the whole book.
Ultimately, when she makes her choice, I was devastated. Not saying I wouldn’t have picked the same one (I would have, in a heartbeat) but it was just so hard. Either way, Addie can’t win. In the end, it was just a matter of who she couldn’t handle losing.
Kasie West is a master of contemporary (if you haven’t read The Distance Between Us, you need to!!!) so I knew I was going to enjoy that, but the girl can write non-contemporary too!! Multi-talented. I love when authors cross genres like this, and don’t stick themselves in only one box. And I can’t think of another who does it as good as Kasie West.
Giving this one 5 stilettos, because it deserves it, that’s why.