Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1)
by Kasie West
Summary: 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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Wow. This book completely amazed me. I read this synopsis and kind of expected some light, fluffy YA science fiction love triangle full of tropes and annoying characters because that's honestly what I get so often. When I saw that this book had a 4 star average, I immediately perked up and decided I had to finally get this off of my TBR and out of the way. I mean, I was basically looking up all my TBR books on Goodreads and trying to find one I was in the mood for that wasn't riddled with 2-3 star disappointing reviews. I've been so indecisive about what to read next! I'm on a constant search of books that wow me, which is totally unrealistic considering that not all books can be the ONE.
But Pivot Point was awesome. It was not annoying at all! Addison was a character to root for and love. She was smart, realistic, grounded, and she loved books the way that anyone reading the book can understand. She was gifted with the ability to Search different scenarios when faced with a decision about something, which was the plot of the book. A harmless decision like figuring out what parent she would live with when they told her they were divorcing ended up being extremely important.
The layout of Pivot Point was incredibly well done. The execution was so flawless. The story went back and forth from one choice to the other. In one scenario, she decided to live with her father in the real world with normal people. In the other, she stayed in the Compound and lived with her mom. Despite her life being completely different, many events still happened in both realities because she can't actually change the future, she can just change her place in it.
While each scenario presented her with a love interest, the book isn't about which boy to pick. It's a lot more complicated than that. Addison felt overwhelmed by the normal world, but in the Compound, she hated that she was constantly being manipulated by abilities. In the normal world, she had to lie to everyone about who she was, where she came from, and her past, which made her uncomfortable.
I am so impressed by Pivot Point. I wasn't expecting such a well executed YA novel with a compelling and unique plot. I can't wait to pick up the sequel! This one is definitely not a book to skip over. It's worth reading. I just realized the author is the same author as the book I finished before this one, The Distance Between Us, and I'm sensing I just found a new favorite author to binge on for awhile!