Review: Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West

Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)

Synopsis from Good Reads:

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.

I’ve read Kasie West’s contemporary YA novels and found them pretty adorable, so I thought I’d give her other series I try. Though it took me a little while to get into it, I enjoyed Pivot Point.

Addie lives in a compound with people with paranormal abilities. She can Search the future when given a specific choice to make to see what the outcome will be. I would personally use this power All. The. Time. because I’m the most indecisive person ever. But, Addie doesn’t like to use it because she keeps “memories” of both paths, even the ones that don’t come to fruition, and it can be hard to keep track of reality. She’s also very careful to not change anything that happens in the future she chooses.

When her parents tell her they’re divorcing and she has to decide whether to stay in the compound with her mom or live in the Normal world with her father, her best friend Laila suggests she search the future to see which parent she should choose to live with. The story then follows what her life would be like on each path, in alternating chapters.

While I definitely enjoyed the chapters of Addie’s Norm life more than her Para life, I felt like the plot was moved along further in the Para chapters. While Addie is a likable character, there were times that she was almost a little too perfect. Laila, in contract, was the typical YA BFF – more beautiful, more popular, more daring than our sweet, innocent main character, and ultimately brings them trouble.

Overall, I did really enjoy Pivot Point. I thought the world building was a little sparse, but it was just enough to give us all the info we need. I really liked the writing style of the alternating chapters being alternate realities. I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series to see her reunited with the path I wish she chose.

Also, as far as I can tell this is just a duology. Does anyone know for sure if book 2 is the end or is there more to this series??

Rating (out of 5):
Plot: 3.5
Characters: 3
Readability: 4
Enjoyability: 4
Overall Rating: 3.625 Stars

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