Krista Reviews: Kasie West's - "Pivot Point"

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.

Hardcover, 352 pages  Published February 12th 2013 by HarperTeen  ISBN 0062117378 (ISBN13: 9780062117373)

Addison was born and raised in “The Compound” where people have special abilities and it’s unknown to the rest of the world they exist.

When Addison’s parents announce they are divorcing, she must choose who she wants to live with. She uses her “searching” ability to see which decision is right for her. The story walks us through both of these decisions, alternating chapters of each day after the decision, up to present day.

Her mother is going to keep the house and stay at the compound. Her father is moving to Texas, he has an investigator’s job out among the “norms’.

While I went into this story thinking that each decision she made would have a drastically different storyline to the other, it turns out that both worlds ran parallel. The one thing that pushes this story forward is the investigation that her father is involved in. There has been a murder of a young girl within the compound (which is unheard of) until now.

As the chapters switch between Addison’s lives, the reader gets to see what is happening within the compound as well as the investigation on the outside through her father’s investigations into the case.

Addison has a love interest in both worlds, both quite different aside from the fact that they both play football. Overall the writing has humour along with the suspense and great dialogue.

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