Book Review – ‘Pivot Point’ by Kasie West

A mix of fate and choice with a paranormal twist – sounds like a great flavor for an ice-cream sundae.

Pivot Point Book Review Pic 01 by Casey Carlisle.jpgGenre: Y/A, Science Fiction, Romance

No. of pages: 343

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.

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This was like a YA paranormal version of the movie ‘Sliding Doors’ starring Gwyneth Paltrow.

I didn’t know too much going into the book, I’d read some other titles of Kasie West and assumed that this was another contemporary and was pleasantly surprised with the paranormal element (which plays heavily in the plot and is wrapped up in the identity of our protagonist Addie.)

Pivot Point Book Review Pic 02 by Casey CarlisleAddie. She is relatable to an extent, though I did feel as though she was a bit flaky and tended to go with the flow a fair amount in both futures. It wasn’t until the second half of the book that she actually grew some balls. I was also a little annoyed how it looked like she needed to have a boyfriend to feel whole, and normal.

Laila is a cool best friend. Loved their relationship – this is what best friends are like!

Duke – love interest future No.1. The reveal to his character is fantastic. I pretty much had him pegged straight away, but still managed to be surprised with the twists in the plot.

Trevor – love interest future No.2. Adorkable through and through. Wasn’t taken with him at first, because having two gorgeous footballers in either future just made me want to vomit – I mean come on! But Trevor shows a vulnerable and committed side which completely broke down my walls (as it did with Addie) and I was really rooting for this coupling.

With all these boys you think we’d get some sort of resolution for Addie’s love life, but I guess that comes in ‘Split Second’ the final book in this duology.

A really wonderful story that unfolds masterfully, though did feel slow for the first two thirds. I would have like to have seen the characters have more flaws and not so physically perfect.

The inclusion of Addie’s parents going thorough divorce and her rebelling in one future and not in the other was a quaint touch. I also liked how her parents were present in Addie’s life, which we don’t see in a lot of YA.

At times it is a little hard to keep track of where you’re at – and what version of the future you’re in.

I do like how certain events were unavoidable. I got a little confused at the end as to what was going on – the narration wasn’t very clear, I had to read parts a second time.

I would have rated it higher if not for the pacing and physical tropes of the characters.

It feels long – I think in the fact you have to build up two storylines – and then it all ends rather quickly.

Masterfully plotted. Loved all the different characters (though probably a bit too many) and how both versions of the future intertwine, like getting two different POVs of a single event.

Overall feeling: Masterful plotting

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