Review + Giveaway: Pivot Point by Kasie West

February 25, 2013 Book Review, Young Adult 31 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from Won in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Pivot PointPivot Point by Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #1
Published by HarperTeen on February 12th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Won
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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.

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Pivot Point came up in my reading schedule at both the best and worst of times. Due to personal reasons, I ended up in sort of a reading slump for almost 2 weeks, barely having the motivation to pick up a book and do some reading. But when I did, I discovered an amazing story and just what I needed to help pull me out of the slump. It also may be one of my favorites of 2013 so far!

From the beginning, we are taken on two future paths our main character Addie is ‘searching’ in lieu of her parent’s divorce. As a divergent or clairvoyant, she is able to see her own future. The chapters alternate from one to another in a very fluid and easy manner. On one end, Addie chooses to stay in the compound with her mom and others with unique abilities like herself. In this choice, she catches the eye of the local football player and heartthrob, Duke. Now, even though I admit he did have a certain charm, I personally never fully trusted him. I think it was because, well, Addie was very skeptical of his intentions and her feelings were rubbing off on me. And honestly, boys that come off too strong and pushy don’t usually appeal to me, which was very true in this case. But in this path we also get to learn so much about their paranormal life and meet all of these intriguing characters. Addie’s best friend can erase memories, which is an awesome dynamic to pair with someone who can see her own future. I would love to explore this world more in future installments.

On the other hand, in the future played out by her choice to move out into the normal world with her father, we see an adorable friendship strike up with Trevor, who she refers to as her ‘future best friend’. It was so obvious that there was more between these two, but they were just so great and cute together! This was definitely my favorite of the two futures. I also had a good laugh with simple things that Addie had a bit of culture shock with.

As we dive further into each, we see more and more overlap. In both, there is a sort of mystery surrounding football and possible injuries bestowed upon the players outside the compound and without special abilities. Addie ends up searching for answers in both scenarios. Kind of how some say all path lead to the same destination, of sorts. It was an interesting concept and fun to see how different things could be, but also how similar. Things just started to fall into place at the same time as we put the pieces together from each future.

I kind of feel like I’m not flailing enough about how much I loved this novel! Every time I’d finish a chapter, I would be anxious to get back on that path and see what would happen next, but I found that happening for both! It made the read that much more exciting and hard to put down. Every little piece fit so well together and the ending was just… everything, and left me dying for the sequel. Craving it! I can already see what I hope will come out of it and am a little sad I have to wait a whole year to find out. But even though this took me a long time to get through, it is definitely a fast and enjoyable read that I would absolutely recommend!

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It just so happens that I have an ARC of Pivot Point to pass on to one of my lucky US readers!

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1. Giveaway is US only!
2. Must be at least 13 years old to enter.
3. Winner has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.
4. I am not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged items.
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About Kasie West

I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels, published through Harper Teen are: PIVOT POINT, its sequel SPLIT SECOND (Feb 2014), and THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US (a contemporary novel). I also have two more contemporaries, ON THE FENCE coming out July 1, 2014, and THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND coming out the summer of 2015. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

31 Responses to “Review + Giveaway: Pivot Point by Kasie West”

  1. Maji Bookshelf

    I agree completely!! with the multiple POVs every time i end a chapter i just want to go back to that POV but like you said, the same happened for both POVs. and you are right, i didn’t like how standoffish and out there Duke was!

    I can’t wait to pick up the sequel and I would definitely use the search if I had it.. it would save me a ton of time and wasted effort!

    awesome review and thanks for the giveaway!
    – Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  2. Natalie Aguirre

    Awesome review. I really loved this too. It was such a unique premise and amazing how it was all weaved together. Hope you get out of the reading slump soon.

  3. Holly Underhill

    I’ve been hearing a lot about this book, and I can’t wait to read it. It sounds great! No, I wouldn’t search out my future. I think I’d go crazy if I knew what was going to happen. I wouldn’t treat life as a gift.

  4. erin

    This book sounds fantastic! thanks for the review and giveaway! I don’t think I’d try to “search” out my future. I’d rather see it unfold as it happens instead of being worried or obsess how to change it 😉

  5. Ashley Rogers

    I am so happy you liked this book! I have been very curious about it since I saw the cover. Sorry to hear you were in a bad place a while ago… keep your head up babe! I do not know if I would want to see what the future holds. I like to just take things a day at a time. Thank you for this giveaway! I sure hope that I get my hands on this soon (:

  6. Leannessf

    I definitely would look into my future – I would want to prevent any senseless tragedies or better prepare myself for what’s to come (if out of my hands)!

    Thanks,
    Leanne

  7. starryeyedjen

    Loved this one! So glad you did, too! I want to see more of the superpowers in the next book, too. And, yes, I would definitely search out my possible futures. I am all about having the facts and making an informed decision. :)

  8. Angela Chen

    Great review! It sounds amazing! I hope I love it as much as you did when I finally get around to reading it. I’m not entirely sure on whether I would or wouldn’t. I could prevent things, sure, but I like to think that the future is a mystery, and what happens happens.. Thank you!

  9. Texas Book Lover

    I don’t think I would search out my future if possible. I like to be surprised…if I knew the future I would probably find something bad in it and try to change it!

  10. Erika

    I keep hearing such wonderful things about this book and now I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for your thoughts! I’d like to think I would want to but maybe it wouldn’t be such a great idea. Thanks!

  11. Rain Jeys

    I wish I had this ability! I’m bad at decisions, so having some foreknowledge would be highly beneficial. I’m sure it wouldn’t solve everything, though.

  12. Starflowerz17

    Actually, I would. I want to know if I could prevent bad things from happening. It’s impossible for us to do it right now, so why not just take a chance. :)

  13. Ann LoveMay

    Love the cover of the book! The plot sounds sooo good! and no I wouldn’t do it, because then your life wouldn’t be as interesting because you already going to know what will happen…I like surprises:D

  14. Rachel Edmundson

    I don’t think I would even be able to help finding out about my future. The curiosity would kill me until I found out! Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Jaime Lester

    There really must be something seriously special about this book, because in your words, there has been a TON of flailing about how much people love it. It is probably my most anticipated read as of now, and I really can’t wait to get my hands on it. As far as learning my future, I am of two minds. On one hand, it would be nice to see if some of my dreams and my hubby’s and our families come true. On the other hand, bad things happen in life. I don’t know if I would rather have the forewarning or not. That could be as much of a curse as a blessing. SO, I think I may lean more toward’s no.

  16. Christina

    I don’t think so– life’s cool that way. It can be unexpected in the most wonderful ways. Thanks for this great giveaway!

    Christina @ Ensconced in YA

  17. Dee.

    I’m glad you liked it :)
    I do not think I would though. Life’s surprises is what makes it so wonderful.
    Thanks for the giveaway by the way!!

  18. Stormy

    I’m really excited about this book.
    I can’t decide if I would search my future or not. My present, content self that does not have that ability says I wouldn’t want to search. I like surprises, I like finding things out as I go, which is a good definition for life. However, during stressful times, I can see how the ability to search could be useful to see when/if things look up.

  19. Suz Reads

    I love the idea of this book! It reminds me of the movie Sliding Doors which I thought was great! Sometimes I think it would be nice to know the future but I don’t think I would actually seek that knowledge! Knowing would make me wonder about changing it and I think it’s best to just take things as they come! Thanks for this amazing giveaway – I would love to win!

  20. Whitney C.

    I loved your review! This plot sounds so interesting, but if mishandled it could be confusing and distractable; your review made me confident this isn’t the case for the this author! I love this plot so much because as much as I say I wouldn’t want to know the future for fear of not fully living in the here and now, there are days I would give anything just to know what the outcome of something would be.

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