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Perfect for fans of Sliding Doors, Kasie West's riveting novel Pivot Point follows a girl with the power to see her potential futures.

Addison Coleman's life is one big "What if?" As a Searcher, a special type of clairvoyant, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she is able to look into the future and see both outcomes. So when her parents tell her they are getting a divorce and she has to pick who she wants to live with, a Search has never ...

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Overview

Perfect for fans of Sliding Doors, Kasie West's riveting novel Pivot Point follows a girl with the power to see her potential futures.

Addison Coleman's life is one big "What if?" As a Searcher, a special type of clairvoyant, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she is able to look into the future and see both outcomes. So when her parents tell her they are getting a divorce and she has to pick who she wants to live with, a Search has never been more important.

In one future Addie is living with her mom in the life she's always known and is being pursued by the most popular guy in school. In the other she is the new girl in school, where she falls for a cute, quiet artist. Then Addie finds herself drawn into a murder investigation, and her fate takes a darker turn. With so much to lose in either future, Addie must decide which reality she's willing to live through . . . and who she's willing to live without.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Addie Coleman has an ability anyone would relish. She’s a Searcher who, when faced with a difficult choice, can foresee both outcomes before deciding which she’d rather live out. Since Addie’s parents have just announced they are divorcing and her father will be leaving their secret paranormal Compound, Addie must do her most important Search yet. Debut novelist West cleverly alternates chapters to show readers how Addie’s two very different futures will play out—one with her mother on the Compound; the other with her father in the Normal world. West’s premise is a winner, and Addie is the kind of heroine readers would want as a best friend—loyal, unpretentious, and thoughtful. Two love interests in Addie’s divergent futures make things even more interesting, as does a murder subplot. What truly makes West’s story memorable, however, is Addie’s wry humor (“I’ve been thinking about books where the main character’s parents are going through a divorce. A big theme is rebellion. I think I should give it a try”) and the book’s fascinating exploration of how life can change with one simple choice. Ages 13–up. Agent: Michelle Wolfson, Wolfson Literary Agency. (Feb.)
Booklist
“West takes [an]… intriguing premise and infuses it with a conclusion that will surprise and please the romantic teen reader.”
Kiersten White
“An expertly plotted, deliciously clever story.”
Elana Johnson
“With superb storytelling, a masterful blend of paranormal and normal, a helping of wit and humor, and a mouthwatering romance, PIVOT POINT is one of the most delicious books I’ve read.”
Robison Wells
“The unique structure, seeing two alternate realities playing out at once, leaves you pleading with the characters—don’t answer that phone, don’t go in that house, don’t talk to that person. PIVOT POINT is at once tense and romantic, challenging and engaging. It’s a truly remarkable debut.”
Library Journal
The 1918 flu outbreak and Spiritualist craze are the setting for this gorgeous production, which features photographs and ads from the era. When her Socialist father is arrested for treason, Mary Shelley Black goes to live with her aunt in San Diego, hoping the warmer clime will offer some immunity from the deadly flu that has its hold on the rest of the nation. No such luck, for even in sunny California, the hospitals and morgues are full of flu victims and inconsolable survivors seek solace from charlatans offering means to communicate with the dead. When Mary learns that her great love, Stephen, met his end on a Great War battlefield, she begins to feel his presence all around, leading her to believe that his soul is not at peace and that his brother (himself a “spirit photographer”) may not be telling the truth about his demise. The book’s historic setting is as much a star as the plucky Mary Shelley, bringing to life a time when the flu was far more deadly than a few days of congestion and imposed bedrest. Fans of Libba Bray’s The Diviners (2012) will particularly enjoy this one, while waiting for the next in that series.

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School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Growing up in Compound, a secret facility where people with paranormal abilities reside, Addison Coleman knows no other life until her parents divorce and she has to decide whether to stay with her mother in Compound or move to Texas with her father and live in a world filled with Normals. Addison's talent is that of a Divergent, the ability to see into the future and determine which path she should take. With the help of her best friend, she looks forward six weeks and uncovers not only the chance of finding love in both futures, but also the possibility that danger, secrets, and obsession may destroy the lives of those she cares about the most. West has created an intricately woven story of two possible futures, with chapters that alternate between Addie's choices-to stay or to leave. Initially, the two plotlines are fairly divergent, but as the climax builds, the characters and stories begin to merge and the two worlds overlap. This debut novel, while not breaking new ground in the popular field of paranormal teen fiction, will appeal to those who enjoy the genre, and it is a welcome change from vampires and zombies. It will appeal to readers who enjoyed Libba Bray's The Diviners (Little, Brown, 2012) and Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall (HarperCollins, 2010).—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
Kirkus Reviews
Clairvoyant Addison Coleman must choose between two futures and two love interests. Addie has the ability to see potential futures. Her powers are very specific: She can only see her own futures and only what will happen if she makes a decision. When her parents decide to divorce, her father drops a bombshell on her--he intends to leave the secret community that is home to the paranormal and live among the normal people. In order to decide whom she will live with, Addie performs a Search that, in alternating chapters, reveals Addie's two possible futures. The plotting is deft enough that the stories interweave without being repetitive, and both give clues to a mystery Addie's father is investigating that involves dead teenage girls from the Compound. If Addie stays, she will be romanced by handsome quarterback and all-around-most-popular boy in school Duke Rivers. If she leaves, she befriends the thoughtful, witty Trevor--who was quarterback for his school before an injury while playing against Duke's team. Both love interests are developed well, and readers will be able to see Addie with either. The worldbuilding isn't as on point--the Compound raises logistical questions that are glossed over for the sake of the plot's strong pace. Minor missteps are easy to forgive given the underlying suspense of multiple mysteries. West's debut showcases riveting storytelling. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062117366
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/31/2013
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 79,042
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kasie West lives with her family in central California, where the heat tries to kill her with its 115-degree stretches. She graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree that has nothing to do with writing.

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  • Posted February 12, 2013

    This was one of the most amazing books I've read in a while. It

    This was one of the most amazing books I've read in a while. It had me from the very first page and never let me go. I read the entire book in one sitting and literally didn't want to do anything else while I was reading. If I had other things to do like, you know, eat, I put it off. Sleep didn't interfere. Nothing kept me from this book... it was that exciting.



    The story reminded me somewhat of that Ashton Kutcher movie, The Butterfly Effect, but not because it was a copy. It was more that there were similarities in the way "cause and effect" were represented in the story. The story itself was completely unique, and it was the first time I've read something like it, ever. It was completely new and so inventive.



    The characters in this story were amazing. I loved, loved, loved Addie. This is a person who can look at any decision and be able to see the entire path of each. What a burden to carry...and that burden was present in this story, because both paths she can follow come with great things, and both paths also come with extreme danger and loss. What would I do? It's a tough question because most people would not be able to get past the personal selfishness of wanting to take what you want, despite the consequences. But this is a selfless girl whose thoughts are for others... and this is something that makes you love her. There are two guys in the story... and I can't really say much more than that without giving something away. Suffice it to say there is definitely one that I'm pulling for over the other, and I absolutely fell in love with him. I'd love to say more but I don't want to ruin anything for anyone who hasn't read the book, because this is definitely one of those stories where it is very easy to say too much. I'll just say...amazing sexual tension. Loved it!



    Aside from the wonderful story and amazing characters, the book was expertly told. I loved how the author chose to present the story in alternating chapters, where every other chapter takes place in one of the two realities. It very easily could have been confusing, hopping back and forth between living out both sides of Addie's choice, but I wasn't confused at all. It made me feel like I was discovering the two paths right along with Addie, and it invested me more into the story.



    Kasie West has created an amazing and suspensful world here. The writing was perfect, the pacing kept me hooked in and breathless. I can't wait for book number two!!

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2013

    Pivot Point,  by Kasie West is a compelling story. It  is a mode

    Pivot Point,  by Kasie West is a compelling story. It  is a modern day story about a girl’s parents  who go through a divorce. She can see the future, so she can choose who she should live with.  This book is an adventure and a love story. The story is a top read for anyone. This book is intense, so read it.  

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2013

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        In a few words: Amazing plot, beautiful writing, and great m

        In a few words: Amazing plot, beautiful writing, and great main character.
         At first I didn't think I would like the way that the chapters alternated between futures, but Kasie West pulls it off beautifully. It was seamless and I gained so much insight into Addie (the main character) because of the different choices and outcomes she is faced with.
         The paranormalcy set up in this book is really neat. I like how they all have different abilities and we get to see how it works on their compound. I also really love the idea of how one choice can make such ripples and the idea of time travel and exploring alternate realities, and Ms. West did not disappoint.
         To me, Addie was so easy to relate to, because she is so much like me. The book loving, not want to make waves, want to have a plan and know my choices and what will happen.   I really bonded with her, I like how she is slightly on the outside, but she connects deeply with a few people. She's not fake, and she wants to feel things that are real. I loved it when she was talking about books and saying that it is the only time she knew she wasn't being influenced on how to feel. I don't know what it is like to have my emotions supernaturally altered obviously, but I do connect on a deep level about books making me feel things. I read to escape, I read to connect, and I read to feel emotions.
          I loved the contrast of her and Laila's personality and watching their friendship. It is such a theme and I enjoy reading about well developed friendship. It adds such depth and layers to the story.
        Speaking of layers, I was constantly amazed at how she connected things like Poison or the football issues to both storylines. It was a work of pure genius. The symmetrical themes showed some amazing talent, and it made me do lots of thinking.
        Trevor is exactly the kind of guy that I love to read about. He is sweet and kind, he is an artist. It was fun watching him and Addie interact, both their budding friendship and the flirting as well. I appreciate how they took things slowly and I feel so bad about some of the choices that Addie had to make, but it ultimately showed so much about the depth of her character.
        An aside, I completely adored the chapter heading. At first I think that I mostly ignored them, but once I noticed how witty they were, and how it connected to the story, they were a great touch. It was words, some real, some changed a bit, using Para and Norm to let you know which perspective you were reading.
        It was like I blinked and the story was over, and I was left satisfied and amazed at the characters, and how one decision can have such affects on your life. It was heartbreaking and fulfilling at the same time her choices and how the book wrapped up. I really appreciated though that in that sadness and conclusion there is so much hope and possibilities to explore and hope for in the next book.
        Speaking of which, I can't believe that I have to wait until 2014 to get more into Addie's mind and to read more about Trevor our resident sexy cowboy.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2013

    Amazing

    Man....I haven't read a book this good in a long time. The plot is layered and you have no choice but to put life on hold once you start this book. When I finished, I looked up part two to buy it immediately. I almost lost it when I found out it wasn't coming out until next year. Wish I could have seen that one coming.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2013

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    Every once in awhile a book comes on the radar that has an idea

    Every once in awhile a book comes on the radar that has an idea that seems so fresh and new that I can't help but be excited about it. That's what this one was for me. And, I am so happy to report that this lived up to my expectations.

    At first I was a little confused about this special town and the powers the people possessed. The different terms used to describe the people are specific to their powers and aren't very well explained. Some of the terms make perfect sense, but others don't. It took awhile to get use to it. But once I understood how it all worked, I found that I really enjoyed the idea behind it all.

    I found Addie to be particularly fascinating. Her power is an anomaly. She can search into the future how specific decisions will play out. I can't imagine knowing how each decision could be influenced in that manner. Each potential future is told through alternating chapters. I thought it might be a little hard to follow, but I found that I had no trouble. What was amazing to me was how each future had the potential to overlap. It's one of the instances that it clearly shows how much thought the author put into her story. Each little detail coincides with another event in the other future. It was absolutely amazing to me.

    I also found it extremely interesting to watch how each future played out. The idea that know matter what choices you make, you might be predestined to be in specific places and specific times. The people and events might change slightly, but you will end up exactly were you are meant to be. I also really enjoyed the ending, although it felt a little rushed after Addie makes her decision which future to live out. But, I've found it's a hard gap to write about (that moment between the future she's seen and when that actual moment arrives).

    Overall an awesome book! I'm really excited to see where the story goes. I have no idea how this will play out into a series.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2013

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    PIVOT POINT is the first YA debut I¿ve read in 2013 and I got so

    PIVOT POINT is the first YA debut I’ve read in 2013 and I got something even better than I’d expected. I hadn’t heard much about Kasie West’s debut before, but that didn’t keep me from rushing through the book once I’d gotten my hands on a copy. Now I’m overly exalted that PIVOT POINT is finally out in the wild and that everyone gets a chance to read it!

    The story is set in a city, a compound, which is home to a number of specially gifted humans. Its inhabitants possess certain abilities and are highly intelligent. They own advanced technologies and knowlegde in various fields which guarantee an enhanced way of living that needs to stay hidden from all the other people living outside the compound walls.
    The setting is fantastic, because it felt so seclusive, exclusive and like the perfect place to invent all the great new devices of tomorrow . It feels special, because it is contained and yet there is always a note of longing for the rest of the world.

    Among other things,the term pivot point is used to analyse stock market fluctuations. In Kasie's novel, the pivot point describes the point at which Addie's story starts to take a different turn. It's about two alternate futures that could lay ahead of her. The only thing left for her to do, is choose the path she wants to live. And at exactly that point Addie finds herself after her parents annouce their divorce.Which way should she take? Stay with her mother or leave with her dad?

    Giving Addie the talent to search her future is a brilliant way to draw the reader into the story. What is better than having two futures to choose from? I adored that play between many different possibilities. The concept of Addie's talent is impressing and the whole story very intriguing.

    There are two love stories, as I’d expected a few chapters into the story. One can be found in Addie's future in which she stays with her mother, and the other is waiting to be discovered outside the compound. And these two boys, Duke and Trevor, are as different as the outcomes of her alternative futures.
    Falling in love with Trevor was the best thing that could happen to Addie. He’s exactly the right guy for her. I fell in love with him even before Addie did. He’s comical, talented and artsy. Most important, Trevor puts Addie before his needs and he understands her in a way no other person does.

    PIVOT POINT has the quality of a YA contemporary novel, Addie and Trevor finding to each other and slowly falling in love. But there is also a definite paranormal feel to the story, thanks to the compound and its people's gifts. The intricate and clever plus of PIVOT POINT is, that Kasie West added a crime aspect to the story by including a kind of murder mystery. It adds an investigative touch and requires Addie to solve the secrets around hurt football players around the country and the deaths of two young girls, who allegedly killed themselves. There is nothing else I could've wished for. PIVOT POINT equals awesome sauce in its entirety!

    THE VERDICT

    PIVOT POINT – Mind-blowing and truly divergent!

    I’m still marvelling at the brilliant possibilities of two future stories Kasie West enabled with the pivot point! I couldn’t decide which possible future of Addie I wanted to continue reading after each chapter, because they both had me glued to the book! If you want to get a good start into the 2013 debuts, begin with PIVOT POINT, it won’t disappoint!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Intense

    I honestly was not expecting that. When I picked up this book I was thinking it would be a fun, interesting read. And it was, i truly enjoyed this book, however I was looking for something lighter. My only true qualm with this book is I do not get to know the real fate of Addie and Mr. Cowboy Hotness. Hopefully there will be a second book where we get to know what happens and Addie goes on a new adventure. As a quick sidenote, the writing in this book was very interesting, but if you tend to get confused or dislike when a book switches between plot lines, definately do not read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2013

    What would you do if you thought about the future and could see


    What would you do if you thought about the future and could see how it would play out? Addison Coleman, or Addie can do exactly that. She once almost went out with a classmate and saw that it wouldn’t end well for her and didn’t go out with him. Of course not everything is that easy. Addie’s parents tell her one day that they are getting a divorce. Divorce between ‘normal’ parents are hard enough, but with parents who live in a paranomal compound? And one parent wants to leave? This becomes extremely difficult for Addie.

    So Addie, and her best friend, decide to have Addie ‘search’ and to see what she should do. Should she live with her father in the ‘norm’ world? Should she live with her mother in the ‘para’ world? A six week search shows Addie that no matter what side she chooses there are pros and cons.

    In one universe she is dating the hottest guy on the football team, and on the other side she is dating the boy next door who everyone loves and adores. For most of this book I was very pro boy love interest, and although I was a leaning a little more towards one boy I would have been happy and content with either boy. That being said, when a pivotal moment occurred in the book, I became very glad I was leaning towards the ‘good’ love interest.

    I. love. this. book.

    No really, I do. I finished reading my ARC of this book at about two am and then went straight to my indie online and bought it. I couldn’t put this book down and I didn’t want to. I was excited how the two universes overlapped in sometimes the smallest ways, but often the biggest ways, too. And although I wish Kasie West would have went more into certain aspects of the world, West’s writing and imagery made it so that I wanted this book to never end even with the few ‘flaws’ I felt that it had.. I just wanted it to go on and on. Thankfully this is going to be a series, so it will be going on! I really can’t wait to see what West has coming out next

    Originally posted at yAdult Review.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2013

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    I always read blurbs, descriptions, synopses, anything that mig


    I always read blurbs, descriptions, synopses, anything that might be available to help me decide if I want to read a book before I ask for an ARC. Then, when the time comes for me to read it, I refresh my memory before starting so I have some idea of the story. This time, on a whim, I did not do that and, since I’d had the ARC since mid-November, I remembered precisely nothing about it other than it was YA and I’d requested it so it must have appealed to me for some reason.

    And what a roller coaster of a story this is. I’m glad I went into it cold because one of the author’s strengths is in letting the reader experience what the character is experiencing and that meant I didn’t know any more than she did what was going on. From one chapter to the next, Addie (and I) lived one future or another—sometimes not being sure which future it was—and it became more and more apparent that her ability to see the consequences of her actions does not mean that it’s easy to choose the right path. When Addie finds herself loving two boys, one in each future, and sees her deepest friendship in jeopardy, which future will she decide is appropriate—and what will that decision cost her and those she cares about?

    The author has done something that I find quite interesting. With all its seemingly futuristic trappings, this tale is actually contemporary and set in familiar surroundings. There’s nothing particularly different about these people except that they have learned to enhance their mental abilities but they’re not being used for nefarious purposes and there are no tyrannical leaders involved. This could be you or me.

    I really love this book—a lot—and it was a quick, intriguing read. Addie is a girl I want to spend more time with and Kasie West is an author who knows how to craft an engaging story, one that makes you wonder “what if?”. I’m looking forward very much to the sequel to Pivot Point next winter.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2013

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    As a Searcher, all Addison has to do whenever she needs to make

    As a Searcher, all Addison has to do whenever she needs to make a choice is look into the future to see the outcome. Should I go to the dance with this guy? Look into the future and see how the date goes. Should I go to this party? Let's look into the future and find out. When Addie's parents announce that they are getting a divorce, and her father will move to the outside "normal" world, Addie has to choose who she will live with. Will she leave her friends, and the safety of the supernatural compound to live life as a normal girl with a father she adores, or stay in her familiar hometown with a mother she doesn't always get along with?

    The world Ms. West has created is comfortably familiar, but with a nice supernatural twist. In this book, there are supernatural compounds where people with special abilities live and train away from the "norms". They can interact with the normal people and the normal world, but they can never reveal their abilities. It was an interesting concept, and walked a fine line, but I felt it was handled well.

    Addie is a likable character, and the entire time I read the book, I couldn't help but wonder what I would do in her situation. My life would have been soooo different if I had her abilities. I especially liked Laila, Addie's best friend. She has the ability to wipe away someone's memories. She's the perfect opposite of Addie. If Addie sees something in the future, but doesn't want that memory hanging around in her head, Laila can just wipe it away. The other abilities were just as interesting (Addie's dad, for instance, is a human lie detector) and complimented the secondary characters and the story very well.

    There were two love interests, but not in your typical love triangle sort of way. Since the story is told through two different scenarios, the boys exist in two different realities. I especially liked Trevor, a "normal" boy Addie meets.

    Constructing this book could not have been an easy task, but Ms. West does a great job. The chapters alternate between scenarios: Life with Dad in the normal world and life with Mom in the compound. I was afraid the story would seem jumbled and the changes would be jarring, but it never felt like that at all. The story flowed very well and each chapter complimented the next. I have to applaud the author for doing this so well. I loved how she managed to drop in bits from one storyline into the next. Even though Addie's experiences were different depending on which path she took, the other people in her life still experienced some of the same things, just in slightly different ways.

    With a totally unique concept, Ms. West has breathed new life into the tired, paranormal genre. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The book wasn't just about which choice Addie would make. There was also a descent mystery woven into the story, and the end took me completely by surprise. While Addie's decision was a bit confusing (I had to go back and re-read the last chapter to make sense of it), it's a satisfying read that I would highly recommend.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2014

    Wow. I can¿t even begin to start with my feelings on this book.

    Wow. I can’t even begin to start with my feelings on this book. Mostly because there is no way that I can wait a whole year before getting the second one, that just seems…Insane because I need the second one. Like so bad. I was aware at some point that it was going to be the first book in a series, but it wasn’t until I realized that there wasn’t enough time to resolve what was happening and that I needed to learn more about this world that I frantically checked goodreads for confirmation that there was going to be another one, and thank god for that.



    I loved that she had these two paths, and that she could search them. Like a lot of people I was expecting a quasi serious book, but this one had me laughing out loud and squeeling, literally squeeling on the train. I fell in love with the characters, all of them. I adored Addison and her book wormish nature, and I don’t know how I could have made the decision that she had having known how each was going to end. If I had to pick my favorite of the two worlds, I would say that I loved the one where she picked to live with her dad in the Norm world. I loved how she tried to adjust to being a norm and what it meant to not have such advanced technologies.



    I loved Trevor so much more than Duke even if Duke had his moments. There were times that Duke would be cute and all, but I felt like he was claiming Addison as his property by calling her “girlfriend.” (Note, I don’t think that that is the case with everyone , but the way that he would say it and how often, aggravated me. I did love that he was protective of her and tried to protect her from whatever he could, and I did love that about him, but honestly, Trevor was so her boy. They were perfect for one another in ways that people wish they were perfect together.



    I’m not sure how I felt about Laila. She was a good friend and a good person, but she also had her moments during this book where she was just obnoxious. One thing that bothered me about the book was that when I would put the book down and come back to it after a short period, I would be a little bit Jarred and it would take me a second to figure out which path we were reading, especially when the paths were at the same place. Luckily, that only happened once, so it wasn’t too bad, and for that to be the only thing that bugged me, I mean really.


    All in all, I loved this book, the plot was fascinating and the characters were fun and great. I just wish that it wasn’t so far away for the second book to be coming out. This series is shaping out to be a really great one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2013

    Great! Might be some spoilers though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Great great book! I found it entertaining and exiting!
    LIKES: the authour does a wonderful job of keeping you in the book( I read this in a few hours I didn't do anything but read because its so good) she makes you forget about the other life, really she made you forget its a search! The relationship between her and the two boys, and how you think both are pretty good guys at first. The bad guys not the bad guy. She fixs the relationship between her mom. They make a comic book of themselvs. And the have SUPER POWERS, who doesn't like that?
    DISLIKES: ( I only had a few) Her boyfriends name is Duke. And when the have their movie date how did he move the drinks??? Ray wasen't there, so I don't completly understand that.

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  • Posted September 19, 2013

    OUTSTANDING! Definitely my favorite book I have read this year a

    OUTSTANDING! Definitely my favorite book I have read this year and probably one of my all time favorites. I bought this book thinking that I wasn't going to like it very much and end up regretting spending money on it, but I am so happy I bought it because it is amazing. I never expected this book to be so ingenious. It is so imaginative and unique, and I have never read anything like it before. I highly suggest everyone to go and pick up this book, because you will NOT be disappointed.

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  • Posted September 8, 2013

    Wow! Okay¿ I think I have pulled myself together enough to a

    Wow!




    Okay… I think I have pulled myself together enough to at least try to put my thoughts into some sort of sensible order. The impact this book had on me was huge. I’m overloaded with a plethora of specific parts of this story that I overly adored, but I’m trying to gather my thoughts into a short and sweet review. A difficult task faces me, but here’s my best effort.




    Though I love the idea of parallel universes, of being able to see two paths and choose the one you want to go on, I had absolutely no idea what to expect with this story.




    Surrounded by a community of Perceptives, people with special powers, Addison knew nothing different than the life she lived. With a mother that was Persuasive and a father that was a Discerner (which was basically a human lie detector… really, what could be worse for a teenager?!) and a best friend that was able to erase people’s memories, Addie the Divergent (thought to be clairvoyant by some, but no… they’re different.) lived a life very similar to other teenagers… only different. You see, in a world where you don’t need a doctor if you’re ill (Tylenol?? What’s that??) and you have no idea how to use a DVD player, the outside world seems almost crazy to you. Addison and her family and friends live this life. Addie knows no different. Until her parents decide they’re getting a divorce and her father announces he has decided to become a Naturalist and merge with the outside “normal” society. Now Addie is faced with a horribly difficult decision… she must choose whether to stay with her mother in this world she’s always known, or go with her father and experience the normal life. Two completely different paths. Only one can be chosen. Addie is lucky to have the special ability to Search… see the two different paths in her head and evaluate how each will turn out. Though she’s never Searched this far into the future before, she left with no choice.




    The story flip-flops between the two different paths in Addie’s Search. Each chapter starts with a word definition. Most of them are absolutely hilarious. Here’s a great example:




    ab-NOR-Mal: adj. out of the ordinary, like zombies and certain creepy boys.
    Baaaaahaha!!




    Okay… sorry… I’ve composed myself, and now I’m ready to continue.




    I loved the thorough explanation of the characters and their abilities. Each ability was pretty amazing in and of itself, and if I had to choose just one it would be a tough decision. I guess it’s good for these characters that they’re born with their abilities, as I’m sure the decision would be a tough one for them as well. ;)




    The romance aspect of this story was wonderful. It wasn’t too mushy, yet totally realistic and one I related to strongly. Each path carried with it some romantic aspects, yet the book didn’t focus mainly on that. The emphasis on families and friendships was a much stronger topic, one that really carried the story to a wonderful conclusion.




    Speaking of the conclusion… I had NO IDEA how this book was going to end. The suspense was eating away at me, approaching torturous levels. I couldn’t put it down! Really… having the ability to see the two paths you could take and choose which one to take… that decision could cause almost anyone stress overload!




    An amazing story from a newly favorite author of mine. I’m so eager to see what she does with her contemp story, The Distance Between Us, which I will be reading very soon. The wait for Split Second, book two in the Pivot Point series, is going to be a tough one to bear. If you like YA, Paranormal, Romance, or really anything in that vicinity, I would most definitely recommend you give this book a shot. I can’t imagine anyone that reads and enjoys this genre being disappointed with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Loved it so much!

    I really wasn't sure about this book at first. I had read many books with the whole mind powers, but pivot point defintely had a twist. I loved the creativity and how much the reader becomes a part of it. The characters became a part of you. Spent all day reading it, and late into the night! (Or early morning) At the end, you will definitely be begging for more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    PP is a sure crowd-pleaser! Ten likes/dislikes: 1. (+) Addison

    PP is a sure crowd-pleaser!

    Ten likes/dislikes:

    1. (+) Addison, the protagonist - Addie may go down as one of my favorite YA heroines of all time. From the start, you're pulled into her witty perspective as she contemplates the misguided advice of "Head's up" (after getting hit in the head). She loves books - pastes drawings and paints quotes on her walls to capture the feeling of the emotions in the words as she experiences them. She's loyal: there is an abundance of boys in the book, yet her relationship with her best friend, Laila, rings true. She doesn't want to be girl in the quarterback's jersey; she's an introvert and doesn't particularly like football... and yet above all, she is brave, thoughtful, considerate. Although she does some selfish things--her parents are going through a divorce, and someone is going to get the brunt of that--and may analyze a situation a tad too much thanks to her Type A personality, she's a smart, refreshing heroine who, I suspect, would make for a great best friend.

    2. (+/-) World-building - On one hand, I was pleased with how easily Kasie West inserted the necessary information about the Compound (automatic lights, enhanced...everything etc.) and each person's powers. There were no awkward info-dump paragraphs, or info-dump conversations--none that I can remember, that is. On the other hand, you don't learn a whole lot about the inner workings of their powers. Or, really, the Compound (how did the rules come in place? who governs it? it's located in Texas? etc.). There's sometimes a vague mention of the energy re: powers, but I'm a bit confused as to whether that only relates to one person or them all. In general, West does a great job emphasize what's different for Addie as she navigates Normal life - reverse characterization of the Compound, so to speak. (Think Harry Potter and the wizard v. Muggle world).

    3. (+) Romance - This may be one of the most unusual love triangles I've read about - and somehow it's also not really a love triangle. Kasie West did a brilliant job of characterizing two very different romantic interests, and two very different outcomes as a result. It's made clear which of the two options is better, yet neither is any less complex.

    4. (+) Plot - What made this plot brilliant was not only the way the two alternate futures began to converge (also, how even in the beginning, a lot of the details were the same) but also the way in which Ms. West incorporated the characters' individual powers into the mystery and their actions/character development. You have Memory Erasure, Clairvoyence/Divergence, Mood Controlling, Matter Manipulation, Telekinesis, Undefined Powers, Discerning (lie detecting), and Persuading. This makes for thrilling and somewhat unpredictable plot twists and turns, and developed character arcs.

    5. (+) Humor - This book is full of genuinely funny moments and conversations - it's not just filled with the one-liner humor you tend to find in a lot of YA lit. For instance, one recurring joke involves how Addie decides to act in light of the divorce - she's got her "rebel" on, ready to enact the cliches of post-divorce teenage behavior based on the books that she's read.

    6. (+) Friendship - Do you ever think that YA lit sometimes seems to de-emphasize genuine friendship between girls? (The Jealous ex/secret lover, the Mean girl, etc. And how many books would pass the Bechdel test?) One of the best portions of this book is seeing how Laila and Addie interact, how they bring each other comfort, and how the distance affects their friendship in ways neither of them expected. One thing that slightly disappointed me about the friendship was how much of it focused on boys (though, truthfully, a part of me thought that added a more realistic edge). That focus, and how the portrayal of another girl character fit into the jealous mold that Laila's presence combated--other than those two things, the friendship between these two girls, and the emphasis on friendship in this book were truly a delight.

    7. (+) Feel of the Book - You should adjust your expectations, I think, before reading this one. If you're going in with the expectation that this is paranormal romance, well, this book might not fit the typical mold. If you think this is light science fiction, I'd probably say it's light science fantasy. If anything, this book most reminds me of a contemporary thriller / romance with hints of mystery and science fantasy.

    8. (+) Writing - It flows really well and is easy to read. It's appropriate for the thriller feel while still packing emotional punch.

    9. (+) Pacing - I can't imagine how hard it must have been to switch between the different timelines for the alternating perspectives - whether Addie stays with her mom, or whether she leaves the Compound with her father - but Kasie West managed to plot and pace the book so expertly that I could not flip the pages fast enough. The tension rises and rises until the alternating perspectives begin to converge and overlap into the climactic scenes.

    10. (+/-) The Cover - I'm not a huge fan of this cover. While I like the grittiness of the color scheme and texture, and the portrayal of Addie having two choices and them being split by the Pivot Point, there's something about the image that just doesn't capture my eye.

    (!!!) I now understand the Kasie West hype, and you bet I'm going to read Split Second, the sequel to this duology. Laila's got some 'splaining to do. Check out Pivot Point if you're looking for a contemporary-esque thriller/romance with a dash of science fantasy/paranormal and a heap of heart and humor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Loved it!

    Loved it! This book was very good at buildping the suspence! The best word I can think of to describe this book is "intense"; I was riveted the entire time! Its worth the read. My only complaint is that I wish there was a second book. I would love to see how the story continues, and hope the author considers writing a continuation of this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    Hmmmmmmm

    I liked this but I didn't love it, I wish that the character
    Trevor had been better developed. The chapters and how they went back and forth was what held my interest. I loved the beginnings of each relationship most because of the bantering between characters. I would haved liked the ending to have been more pulled out, it kind of felt rushed to me.

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  • Posted June 16, 2013

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    This actually falls into more of 3.5 than a flat-out three for m

    This actually falls into more of 3.5 than a flat-out three for me. While I didn't hate it, I did not love it as much as I expected to. This was one I was super eager to read and had high expectations for because it's gotten so many rave reviews, but by the end of the second chapter I wasn't sure I'd even finish it but I kept pushing through though and it definitely paid off. While it's not my favorite book ever, it had an intriguing world and enough action to keep me invested, and the ending was vague enough about Addison's future that I will definitely be reading the sequel.

    I loved the idea of Addison's super power. Now that I've heard of it, it's the one that I would most want to have. Well, it or flying because I would love to be able to fly okay. And I really liked Addison, most of the time. She was funny and not at all the pushover I was initially afraid she would be. However, I wasn't as invested in her and her life as I should have been. There were times though that I could empathize with her, even though I felt that she was kind of an idiot. It really wasn't until the last few chapters that I really started to enjoy her though.

    There is a love triangle as well. There was a clear winner to me right from the start, but I won't spoil it for you, although I think it's pretty obvious. They have this great connection, and watching them figure it out was the best part of this book, and seeing more of them together in the sequel is a primary reason I am looking forward to reading it. And while the other love interest was definitely compelling and charming in his own right, once I figured out what his deal was, I was left feeling utterly repulsed and slightly violent. While he's not evil per se, he is definitely not a good person and I hope that she doesn't try and drag this triangle out further.

    My favorite characters in the book were actually the secondary characters, Trevor's best friend Rowan and Addie's best friend Laila. While they both definitely have some not admirable qualities, mostly Laila, they were the ones that added the spark that I was missing from Addison and left me smiling. Laila gets a lot of criticism, because she is pushy and does some pretty questionable things, but she's also got a big heart and is easier for me to relate to than Addie. I wouldn't mind seeing her get a book of her own.

    What I didn't like so much about the book was the writing itself. While it wasn't the worst I've ever read, it frequently had a juvenile feel to it, and a lot of the descriptions of people's reactions seemed very unrealistic to me. I couldn't just sink into this world or these characters, which to me is the mark of great writing. And the way each chapter alternated between the different potential paths was very distracting initially. Once I adjusted it was fine, but it just wasn't what I expected.

    Despite the negatives, it was definitely an enjoyable and intriguing story, and I was actually really surprised by the ending. I look forward to the next installment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Unique

    Very interesting and unique. Loved it

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