Author: Kasie West
Published: February 12, 2013
Age Demographic: YA
Genre: Sci-Fi Paranormal
ARC Received for Review from: ATW ARC Tours
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.
West pens a novel dripping with so much originality and intriguing plot twists, that reader's will simply not want to put it down until they've reached the end. Emotionally engaging, the characters are wonderfully developed, likable, and easy to relate to. Addison is an amazing character that is intuitive, funny, vulnerable, and wonderfully clever. It's incredibly easy to connect with this vivacious and strongly written, yet incredibly complex character. She's undeniably selfless and the kind of character that won't back down from impossible situations once she is faced with them. Instead, she meets them head on and weathers the storm, whatever it may be.
The clever spins on what the future grasps and the past and/or present consists of, is also one of the strongest and best elements about this novel. It lends the book most of its charm and appeal. Getting to see both the para-world and the norm-world set up against one another almost as if you were seeing both sides of the coin being tossed in the air, is part of what makes this book so amazingly rich in its depth, plot, and complex premise. The heartache and unexpected twists and turns that won't be expected, is what will leave reader's aching for more. Pivot Point is a painfully beautifully written young adult novel, that is probably one of the best the year has to offer. It is absolutely unputdownable amazing! Reader's will not want to miss out on this heartstopping story.
I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My debut novel, PIVOT POINT, will be published by HarperTeen on February 12, 2013, followed by its sequel in 2014. I also have a contemporary, The Distance Between Us, coming out in the Fall of 2013 with HarperTeen. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.