Review: Pivot Point

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Pivot Point by Kasie West 
Publication Date: February 12th, 2013
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Part of a series? Yup! It's the first in a duology. Split Second is its sequel.

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.

OH MY GOSH, YOU GUYS. THIS. BOOK. Pivot Point is almost two years old, and I'm just reading it now? *hits self* Why have I deprived myself so?! Well, I guess I should be glad that I'm reading it at all instead of being mad at myself because OMG. I loved this book so much. There are so many things that need to be talked about, so I'll try to arrange my thoughts in an organized manner, but that may not work out because I just want to gush (what else is knew?). For the sake of you all though, I will try. 

The world. The premise for Pivot Point is one of the most original I've read in YA I think ever. It's about people with superhuman mental abilities. Like, actual bonafide superheroes that live pretty average lives amongst themselves in a small Texas town closed off from the rest of the United States. So yeah, I immediately became immersed in this world and found myself wanting to live in it. Because who wouldn't, amirite? 

The characters. Addie, our lovely MC, is one of my new favorite YA heroines because I could really relate to her. In sci-fi and dystopian and fantasy books (basically everything that's not contemporary) all the heroines are totally kick-butt. Don't get me wrong, I love that about them. Strong women FTW, but I don't find myself being like that. I'm just a normal, sarcastic teenage girl who stays home on the weekends and reads, and I totally appreciated that Addie was the same way. I mean, with super cool superpowers and a couple cute boys, but you know, basically the same. 

And the boys. Because what would a review from me be without a mention of boys? Their are two love interests: Duke (*rolls eyes*) and Trevor (*swoons and cries*). And there's also Rowan, who's not a love interest, but I'll talk about him anyway because I really liked him. I don't want to go into the boy details too much because I could potentially spoil things, so I'll just leave you with that. 

The plot. There's not a lot I can tell you about the plot because again, I don't want to get spoilery, but I will say that the chapters alternate between the two world choices Addie has to create two deliciously frustrating plots. I'll also say "OMG, go read this book!"

With that, I'll bid you all goodbye for now. If you've read Pivot Point or if you just want to talk book thangs, come flail with me on Twitter @serenareads13. I'm always up for a chat! :)