Sunday, April 26, 2015

Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Pivot Point

By Kasie West

Blurb: 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.

Genres: Young Adult Contemporary/Sci-Fi

Publication Date: February 12, 2013

Series: Pivot Point (book 1)

Pages: 343

My Rating: 3 stars

Pivot Point is definitely a fun read; the sliding doors books I've read before come nowhere close to as entertaining as this book was. However, I never really loved it like everyone else. I read this because of the sci-fi; I'm thinking that most people, because this is Kasie West we are talking about, and she is practically the queen of contemporary, read it for the contemporary genre. So here I am, all by myself in a sea of five star reviews, and I'm feeling a bit sad.

I did like how well the alternate timelines meshed together. It was really well done; everything coincided so perfectly, it was kind of amazing. And both realities had their own interesting plotlines.

This book is super character driven. Which may have been a problem for me because, well...I didn't love Addie as much as a character driven plot requires. I didn't agree with some of her decisions, and I'll explain why soon. Her friend, Laila, I did like; I was afraid that she would be the stereotypical whacky gal pal that has as much character depth as a block of cheese, but I was wrong. She gets focused on a lot in the story and actually plays an important role.

It was very romance based as well; and this is where I really disconnected with the plot. Everyone seems to love Trevor; and don't get me wrong, I can see why they would. He's a very nice guy, totally dateable material. (Spoiler Alert)But Addie has known him for less than six weeks and by then she has already decided to give away the Very Important Secret that was NOT to be shared by any means. Six weeks?! You can't know a guy enough to make that decision in six weeks. Not only is where Addie became a bit dense for me, it's where I decided this romance was not my thing.(End of spoiler)

Then there's Duke. Blegh. That's all I have to say on this subject.

Again...the sci-fi elements really didn't become major until the end, and that made me a sad little bookworm. I thought the contemporary aspect was pretty solid, but the sci-fi was SO lacking for me. It was barely there, except in the very, very beginning and very end.

The end was pretty good, however. Plot twist here, plot twist there, emotions get a bit tore up...altogether pretty interesting. I'd have to say that the only time I was fully engrossed in this book would be near the end. It's the only time where the plot becomes more action packed and less romance-y. Addie's decision was really made difficult, and I liked how that was utilized.

The ending definitely saved this book for me. It wasn't fabulous like I'd hoped, but altogether Pivot Point was an okay book that I have no regrets about reading just once.


  1. I hate when a romance doesn't make sense with the plot
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. Yeah, so do I. :( This book was so close to having the romance be fine with me, but there were just a few elements I didn't like.

  2. I heard mixed things about this book and your review made me decide not to pick it up. The romance sounds real bad plus so far West's books didn't manage to impress me as much as they do most people.
    Lovely review, though. :)

    1. Yeah, everyone seems to love her books, but maybe they just aren't for me? I'm glad I'm not the only one though. :)

  3. I tried On The Fence by this author, but I actually DNF it :/ I'm hoping to read this one sometime soon, it's a shame you couldn't enjoy it fully though. Thank you for the honest review <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

    1. Oh, that's too bad! I was actually thinking of reading that one, but maybe I'll hold off on it...judging by this book I'm not sure I would have loved it anyway. Thanks Benish. :)

  4. I'm definitely intrested in this one. Everyone I know told me it was a fun read, like you said as well, and I'm in the need for that. Plus I've read a contemporary book by this author and it was lovely. Great review! :)


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