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I Belong

Early Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Title: Pivot Point

Author: Kasie West

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Pivot Point (Book 1)

Publication Date: February 12, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062117378 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062117373 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Kayla


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.

Quick & Dirty: A girl can see into the future when presented with a choice and can live those two lives depending on the choice. Now she must decide which parent to live with…but the choice becomes much more complex than that.

Opening Sentence: “Heads up,” a loud voice called from my right. I looked up just in time to see a football smack me right between the eyes.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Love. This. Book.

Addie lives in a city where people have extraordinary powers. And everyone else in the world doesn’t even know about them. There are different abilities; most of them have to do with having an advanced mind (such as clairvoyance or telekinesis). Addie can see the future of herself when she has a choice in front of her. Usually life in the town is fun (and there’s always her friend Laila to make everything more exciting), but when her parents decide to get a divorce, Addie has to use her ability to decide which one she should stay with. Easy, right? Only things start to become a lot more complicated than choosing with parent, which town, which friends. Now it’s become a matter of health–someone on the school football team is using their telekinesis powers to purposefully hurt other Normal opposing teams. But not only that, there’s also a nut job with crazy abilities after Laila’s father. Of course things couldn’t be more complicated with two amazing guys vying for her attention. It’s just one choice, right?

Can I say it again? I LOVE this book so much. From the intricate plot (and I do mean intricate–so many plot arcs are expertly woven together to create one giant main story) to the lovable characters, this book has it all. The book has a “frame story” (I’m going all English class on y’all) of Addie Searching her future, but the bulk of the book are the two possible futures and what they entail. Each chapter has a word defined that I guess could be called the title of the chapter that also tells which future it’s showing. For example:

am•bush: n. to pick a subject (me) and lie in wait to attack (This is a chapter part of the frame story.)

un•just•ville: n. the land ruled by my parents (Also the frame story, but I just liked the definition.)

ab•NOR•Mal: adj. out of the ordinary, like zombies and certain creepy boys (This is a chapter of Addie in the “Norm” world–a.k.a. our world–with her father.)

So you see, this book not only has a great plot, it also has great writing! Witty comebacks and just funny scenes are littered throughout the book (see Notable Scene below).

Addie is a lovable character. She has the determination to set things right and also the heart to carry them out. In the book she’s torn between two guys (one from the paranormal compound and the other from the Norm world of Texas.) Duke, the clever hot shot football quarterback at the paranormal compound, has set his sights on Addie and no one else. Despite his multiple come-ons Addie keeps trying to stay away from him–guys like him don’t belong with girls like her–or so she thinks. Trevor, a shy, reserved guy from Texas, isn’t looking for a girlfriend. Addie isn’t looking for a date either, but more of a best friend (to “replace” Laila while she has to live in the Norm world). The development between the two was perfect–not too cheesy, but not forced either. All of the characters and relationships between them are developed very well. Nobody is as they seem in this book.

WARNING: AWFUL, AWFUL cliffhanger ahead!!! BEWARE! Granted, if West left off the epilogue, I would have twitter rampaged, but luckily we get to see at least some of the frame story. Honestly, if you need a good book to read during this freezing winter (or even if you don’t need a book) pick this up at your local bookstore! You won’t regret it.

Notable Scene:

“Excuse me, are you saving this?”

He looks up. Long lashes surround chocolate brown eyes. “No, have a seat,” he says in the Southern accent that prevails here.

I sit down. “Thanks. And can we just get his out of the way? Your eyelashes make mine want to commit suicide from shame.” Yeah. I’m not very good at small talk.

Pivot Point:

1. Pivot Point (February 12, 2013)

FTC Advisory: Harper Teen provided me with a copy of Pivot Point. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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