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Pivot Point

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by Kasie West
     
 

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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

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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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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.)
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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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)
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.”
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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062117373
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/12/2013
Pages:
343
Sales rank:
406,965
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

What People are saying about this

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.”

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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Pivot Point 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 66 reviews.
Readergirl_Revus More than 1 year ago
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!!
AlphaPanda More than 1 year ago
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.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Addison Coleman always knows the right choice to make, the right path to take. She knows because she is cautious and a compulsive planner who likes to follow the rules. She also knows because of her ability, Divergence. Being Divergent isn't the coolest ability in the paranormal compound Addie calls home. She can't erase memories like her best friend Laila or move things with her mind like the Telekinetics on the school football team. Instead, when faced with a choice Addie can Search her future and see both outcomes for any given decision. Most of the time Addie's ability is downright boring. When Addie's parents announce they are getting divorced, her ability suddenly becomes much more important. One Search six weeks in the future should be more than enough to make the decision of which parent to live with. In one future Addie can find true love and happiness while in the other there is a promise of popularity and excitement. But in either Search there is also something much more dangerous and the potential for a terrible loss. At a crossroad that will change everything, Addie will have to decide what she is willing to live through and who she is willing to lose in Pivot Point (2013) by Kasie West. Pivot Point is West's first novel. (She already has the sequel slated for 2014 and an unrelated contemporary novel called The Distance Between Us is due out in the interim.) Pivot Point is a really fun book! West provides all of the best parts of books about parallel universes and time travel without the messy (and sometimes sloppy) explanations. The world building here and the rules for the paranormals' abilities are seamless. Told in chapters that alternate between both paths* Pivot Point is a sleek, original story with perfect pacing. Alternating between key events, West brings the storylines together in clever ways while keeping readers on their toes. Filled with mystery, romance and just the right amount of witty banter, Pivot Point is an utterly appealing blend of fantasy/sci-fi elements in a contemporary setting. *Each chapter cleverly starts with a definition of a word that includes the phrase "Para" or "Norm" for easy differentiation. Possible Pairings: Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough, Hourglass by Myra McEntire, Parallel by Lauren Miller, Fair Coin by E. C. Myers, Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, definitely recommend. S.A.K.
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
I had heard so many good things about this book from so many friends, but I wasn't sure if I'd like it. So I put off reading it. Why did I do that? Honestly this book is right up my ally, especially since I've been on somewhat of a sci-fi type kick lately. Any book that uses Xmen type characters is tops for me. So I'm glad I jumped into this one! Blurb From Goodreads: 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. If you could see your future depending on your choice would you watch it? And in the end, how hard would it be for you to choose? For Addison (Addie), this is a common occurrence. She has the ability to see how her choice will shape her future. But that doesn't always help her choose. Just because you know doesn't make it any easier! I don't know if I'd want to know, or have the choice. On the one hand, things might be revealed that would cause you harm, or perhaps cause others harm, and that would be hard to watch. Certainly I wouldn't want this to happen. on the other hand, the outcome might not be great for either choice, then what would I do? I really like the cover of this book. It's simple and straight forward. Not much to it, really. So I can't really say much about it. Addie was a nice character but she wasn't really anything different or fantastic. She's strong, but I think her para abilities help with that. However, when she's faced with a choice, she flounders a bit (who wouldn't, really) and this made her a bit wishy washy for me. She does want to do the right thing, which is admirable. I liked seeing her inner thoughts, how her mind worked to try and bring the best outcome. She's definitely a bit of a bleeding heart, not wanting to hurt people no matter what. One thing I'll say about her, she is loyal and that goes a long way in making her likable for me. She was definitely relatable and I think she had some really great growth during the book. Duke, hated him. I just didn't like him from the start. He gave me the creeps, and rightly so! How does he all of a sudden take an interest in a girl he's never really talked to before? It just struck me wrong from the start. He was too quick to want the romance and I knew he had another agenda and I didn't like it one bit! He can be good looking and cocky all he wants, but he still rubbed me the wrong way! Despite his swoon worthiness and charm, I never felt the pull towards him. Trevor, on the other hand, was so great. I loved his nerdy quality the most. And he wasn't afraid to lay things out in front of Addie. He smart and funny. Definitely a bit secretive. He has a terrific heart. And he wants to get to know the real Addie, with no false pretenses. And his relationship ship with Addie was slower to move than that with Duke. I liked the build that West inserted into her story. I suppose that was kind of the point, though, to pair Addie with these two guys who are so totally different but still each have their attractions for her. Laila was a great best friend. She's a bit rough around the edges, but you could tell she cared deeply for Addie. And her life was rough, but Addie stood by her side no matter what. They were great together. Loyal and full of heart as a pair of best friends should be. Laila had a tendency to jump into things more quickly than she fought about them, and Addie was kind of her anchor with that. When I was first reading the book, I didn't realize that West was using alternating chapters to show Addie's visions of her choices. I was a bit lost, but then I picked up on it. Once I got into it, I liked the alternating POV. And it wasn't hard to keep them separate at all, which I thought would happen once I figured it all out. It was a great way to write the story. West was able to keep it fast paced and filled with action, suspense, romance and hard ships. She had me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. Try as I might, I had no idea what Addie would choose and that kept pushing me through the book! The writing was fun and flowed well. It's unique and fun. And West provides a unique story than I've read before, a nice change from the typical paranormal/sci-fi books I've read. West builds her world well. I didn't feel there were any info dumps or breaches that I could focus on. And West does a great job with her character growth and development. She really shows us each of their abilities and how they can be used.  I can say the ending had my heart in my throat. I didn't see things coming the way they did (although I had some trust issues with a particular secondary character, so I wasn't surprised at his role in things). And I really thought it would go a different way, but it didn't. I can definitely tell you that I'm not sure I would want Addie's power. I think it would kill me to know the outcome of things and be forced to make a choice! And now I need the second book (which I have but haven't been able to get to!).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Book_Bite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    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.
Anonymous 7 months ago
This book is full of excitement, suspense, mystery and romance -- if you like reading books where you piece together clues, read this! And you'll definitely want to read the sequel!
BellesBeastlyBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Addie's life has been somewhat perfect. She had two parents that loved each other, an awesome best friend, and a very useful ability. All of a sudden her life did a turn-over and now she has to choose between her two parents. She decides to look into the future of each choice. She has the choice between her dad at a norm school with norm friends and a norm boyfriend. Then, there is her mother. She would get to stay with her bestie and would be dating the most popular boy in school. Both had different outcomes, but they similarities as well. Either way someone important to her gets killed. Who will Addie choose? Which side is more dangerous? I'll give Kasie West kudos for this book. I hate SyFy, but this book was relatively different. I mean, it is about these people that have special abilities and are trying to stay hidden from us "norms". I like Kasie's choice in words, as well. She explains Addie's thoughts very thoroughly and clearly. There was a few errors, not enough to really make a difference. The only real problem was the confusion. It switches from choice to choice so fast that you don't follow. There was many times when I would ask myself "Did I skip a few pages? Which outcome is this? Hugh!?" Yeah, I'm kinda weird, but it's true!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Piviot piont is the first book in Kasie West's series (there is no reall series name yet). The second book, Split Second, is a continuation of the story and what happens to Addie after. Book plot summary (spoilers, duh): Addison Coleman, Addie for short, is faced with a major problem once her parents divorce, who to live with? With the urging if her friend, Laila, she does a search into the futue on which path to choose.
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I love it
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I like thibppk becauseit has like superhero powers
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This book was awesome. When i heard that it had a sequel, I was so happy! That's how good the book was. Cant wait to read 'Split Secon'
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***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Pivot Point by Kasie West Book One of the Pivot Point series Publisher: HarperTeen Publication Date: February 12, 2013 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC won from a giveaway Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: Well, after months and months - actually, years - of pushing this book off, I've finally read Kasie West's debut novel! I got this book in December 2012 (I actually won it from Jennifer, so, thank you, Jennifer!). I kind of saw a spoiler about the ending, and that ruined the book for me. A year and a half later, my friend Pili insisted that I read this book, as my "Pili-Pushed" book recommendation of the month. Guess what, you all? I LOVED THIS BOOK!! I think it was the motivation from reading and loving one of West's other books that really solidified my intentions of reading this book once and for all. As many of you know, I read my first West book - On the Fence - and really loved it. I have no doubt that I will enjoy Split Second and The Distance Between Us, now that I've really enjoyed two of West's four published books. Addie has the ability to Search decisions in her future. She can explore the two paths of that decision in the future, and then choose which path is favorable to her. Like, whether or not to turn down Bobby's invitation to the dance. Or... which parent to live with, when they decide that they need to get a divorce. With Mom, who is staying inside the Compound (for paranormals), or with Dad, who is leaving the Compound to live in the Norm world. So, Addie decides to Search her future of both paths. This book is entirely that - a flip-flop between one path and the other. At first, I was confused. The very beginning is present time, in which Addie's parents tell her that they're getting a divorce. Addie's friend Laila convinces Addie to Search her future, and Addie does so, for six weeks in the future. This book alternates between Addie's life with her mother (in the Compound), and her life with father (outside of the Compound). Each chapter alternates between the two different paths. There are two paths, two parents, two lives, two boys... I actually really liked this type of hypothetical story. This entire book is hypothetical, and Addie must choose a path, once her six weeks in the future is over (for the real world, real time, it's like, five minutes of a Search). I liked the alternating chapters. I ESPECIALLY loved seeing the paths getting closer and closer... until they finally intersected. Of course, one path couldn't directly overlap and leak over. But it was so cool to see one scene in two different paths. I love how West weaves a good story and mystery in this book. It isn't just about what Addie's life will be in each path. Addie must assimilate to the human world in one path, or get used to being a golden-buy, footballer's girlfriend in another. But there is something eerie about both futures. Something doesn't add up, and it's not just the football. Trust me, you'll get it when you read the book. In the path with Addie living with her mother, Addie develops a relationship with Duke, the Compound's star quarterback, and eventually, they start dating. The very first scene of the book features Duke. Duke is persistent and patient, terrible and hilarious. I liked him from cover to cover, despite some things that should have made me hate him. In the path with Addie living with her father, Addie develops a friendship with Trevor, a former quarterback for the high school Addie attends. They develop feelings for each other, but Addie pushes them down, knowing that she can't tell Trevor who she really is, that she can't really be herself with him. Living in the human world is a really difficult adjustment for Addie, and she almost blows her cover many times. Anyway. I really liked Trevor. His relationship with Addie seemed more real to me, than Duke's relationship with Addie. And I like Addie. She's a lot like me, or we're a lot like each other, whatever. I guess that makes me a too-good girl, which is fine. Maybe hot quarterbacks will drool over me and my wonderfully good self. Actually, I'm hoping it will be sexy center forwards. Or any soccer player, for that matter. Anyway. I really liked the world-building in this book. We get life in the Compound, we get life in the human world. West does an EXCELLENT job of showing us how different life in the human world is for Addie. Things like door keys and contact lenses are weird for her (in the Compound, doors open because a scanner scans your retinas, and no one has imperfect vision, so no need for contact lenses).  So I'm really excited to read the next book! This book ended with Addie coming out of the Search, and choosing a path... I won't tell you which path she chose. The six weeks that Addie lived in the Search ARE included in this book too, but since we already know what happened in that path, West doesn't repeat it all. It's the epilogue, which was smart. Now, book two! I want to read about the aftermath! What I Did Not Like: Usually, I would say the love triangle, because there IS one girl and two guys interested in the one girl... but there really isn't a love triangle. I won't say anymore. But remember, this is coming from the girl who HATES love triangles.  I can't think of any other dislikes. I can't think of any, period.  Would I Recommend It: I would most definitely recommend this book! If you've read any of West's books, then you KNOW. If you haven't read any, read ALL OF THEM. You won't regret it. This one is paranormal - it reminded me a lot of Natalie Whipple's Transparent (although, Transparent came out after Pivot Point. I read Transparent first though.), with the girl having superhuman abilities and living in the "real" world. This is a great paranormal novel! Rating: 4 stars. I really should have read this book sooner, and not paid attention to what I read about the ending! Of course, what I read was true, but I shouldn't have let it ruin the book for me. Check out my review of book two, Split Second, next Friday (August 1st)!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting plot that pulled me in early on. I liked the way the story was written. I got excited for each chapter because I liked the way it was presented.