Saturday, February 23, 2013
Book Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West
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.
Where do I begin with Pivot Point? I completely loved everything about it. The concept, the main character, the secondary characters, the world-building, and especially the humor. If there's one thing I love to find in a book, it's humor/sarcasm/snarkiness. Plus, most paranormal books are all serious and melodramatic. It was so refreshing to read a paranormal story told in a snarky voice.
Which brings me to the main character, Addie, who is completely, totally awesome. She's one of my favorite narrators I've read in a long time. There was not a thing about her I disliked. She was very likeable and real. And I LOVE her comebacks. Like, take this one scene where Duke's flirting with her. In any other book, the main character would start blushing and stammering and drooling when a guy starts flirting. But not Addie! Nope, she has a hilariously witty reply instead. I adored her!
And the concept? Sooo unique. I was astonished by how creative and intriguing the storyline is. It's such a great idea and Kasie West does a wonderful job - the tension rises with each and every chapter, I was dying to know which future Addie would choose, and the ending is perfect yet oh-so-sad.
And this author totally gets bonus points for the most unique "love triangle" ever. Actually, it's not technically a love triangle. In her two different futures, Addie likes two different boys. So really, it's not quite a love triangle. But whatever you want to call it, it was not like most annoying love triangles. And I actually liked both guys and see why Addie likes them both. At first, I really liked Duke, who's flirty and charming and sweet. But as the plot developed, I started to love Trevor. He and Addie are adorable. I like that Trevor loves to read comic books, too. :)
Overall, this was a fantastic, refreshing read that was flat-out-fun and yet heartbreaking at the same time. I am eagerly anticipating both the sequel to Pivot Point, and West's contemporary novel, The Distance Between Us, which comes out this summer. Can't wait to read more of her books!
My rating: 10 out of 10 (5 stars)
~ The Bookworm