Author: Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Mystery
Release Date: February 12, 2013
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.
First Sentence: “Heads up,” a loud voice called from my right.
Another Look is a feature I created for books I’ve reread and already reviewed…but want to review again for reasons.
I’ll be blunt – the first time I read Pivot Point, I wasn’t all that impressed with it as you can see from my first review of Pivot Point. I was bored halfway through the book and it was honestly a struggle for me to read through the middle. It was the end of Pivot Point where it really captured my attention once again and made me really impressed with the book in general. However, my reread of Pivot Point went a lot better than my first one; I was throughly invested in Pivot Point.
This time, I didn’t find Addie weird or stalkerish at all, like I did when I read Pivot Point for the first time. In fact, this time I connected with Addie so well that I was constantly sympathizing with her and her awful situation. I wanted to yell at the people who hurt her, hug her when she was sad and lonely, and just be there for her. I swear, Addie should be my best friend; we are both so alike (although I do wish that I have the ability to choose my own path and see the consequences of them like she does).
“I’ve seen a lot of alternate futures. I guess it makes me more wary than most.” (163)
The buildup between Addie and Trevor was so sweet to read about, even when I read it the second time! I personally love reading friendship to something more romances like Better Off Friends, and Pivot Point is not an exception to that rule. The slow buildup between Addie was perfect – I recognized the exact moment Addie realized that Trevor would be something more (even though she didn’t recognize that moment herself) and I couldn’t help but just squeal like a crazy fangirl. Thank goodness the train was loud and people couldn’t hear my squeal.
I love, love, love the parallels in Pivot Point. It was fun to see similar things happening in both alternate futures, whether it be Laila doing the same crazy thing no matter what different things had happened to her, people doing the same exact things in both realities, etc. (I can’t go more in depth because of SPOILERS.) Fans of parallel universes will definitely enjoy all the parallel events in Pivot Point.
“Aw, I’m like a proud mother bird watching my daughter fly from the nest. Fly, little bird, fly. Oh no! Don’t fall. No, that’s the ground. Addie, watch out for the ground. Man, tough luck.” (96)
I do wish there was more world-building in Pivot Point though. I felt like we were only told about the bare skeletons of the world-building and not the deep important stuff I wanted to know like how did all the Paranormals get together in one society (or is there still some unfound Paranormals out there because hey, you never know)? How long were the select group of Paranormals hiding from the rest of the world? I wanted more info on the world! I heard that we’ll definitely get some more world-building answers in Split Second though, so I’m not quite worried about the world-building…yet.
“You hate obvious boys. Because heaven forbid you like someone that everyone else does. If you don’t have to hunt for it, and carefully plan its capture, it must not be worth having.” (125)
The real reason why I reread Pivot Point is to prepare for Split Second! With this reread, I’m beyond prepared to read Split Second! -Rubs hands together in anticipation-. Like the first time I’ve read Pivot Point, the ending of Pivot Point has me going all why does this have to happen! and nooo, I need some answers asap! I’m so happy that I’ll finally have a resolution!