Aug 23, 2013

Book Review of Pivot Point by Kasie West

Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 12th, 2013
Pages: 320
Genre: Young Adult - Science Fiction
Source: I own a copy via Kindle

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Description from Goodreads: 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.

“Sometimes perfection reveals the lie, ..., not the truth.”

Review: I heard through the grapevine that this story was set in the heart of my homeland: Dallas, Texas.  Blythe Harris confirmed this via Twitter, and off to Amazon I went to purchase a copy of the book ASAP for the Kindle (I can't get anything from Amazon physically at the moment). Even though it was a new purchase, I cheated and read it now, since I felt like I have fallen into a book rut.  Whoa - what a great decision.

I have gotten into the habit into "scanning" a premise so that I am not spoiled to the book.  This one is best served up without any expectations. Pivot Point is a real outsider in today's paranormal market. I found the book a refreshing take on super powers versus "normal" people, and a young girl's coming-to-age story.  

I want to hit up one of the most complex elements of the story: Addie.  Addie is a bit boring and flat. But it works for the story. Addie is a girl I could relate to, because she had no idea who she was. Addie is more like a ball of clay, ready to be shaped, instead a forced "poor me" character-type teenage girl.  This is some real pain. The world seems to overwhelm Addie. Above all, she feels that a manufactured identity is her true self. I'm an older woman, so my road to self discovery is a bit shorter.  But I get it - I UNDERSTAND how it feels to lose yourself, and what it means to desperately search for something to latch onto so that you can at least know something about yourself. So, Addie's bland personalty added a whole layer to the story overall.

Another thing I loved about the book: the romance. Yes, it is a....weird, sorta-kinda love triangle. Don't run away, Love Triangle Haters: This is the real deal. This is a realistic, plot-driven romance. Duke and Trevor almost blended together as one guy, but as the story progressed, you could tell which guy was which, and where they stood. I finally found a perfectly balanced and heart-wrenching love story.

I am a little sad that my Twitter friends did not warn me to get the tissue boxes.  I am keeping this review as spoiler-free as possible, so it is a bit difficult to discuss the exact details. However, I will give a fair warning that this book will stab you right in the feels with a fork. But, boy, does it feel GOOD to hurt like this.

The only issue I saw with the book was the lack of world building, and the glossed-over Dallas, Texas, culture. I wanted a little more Dallas flavoring (although, football is a religion here - that is no lie).

This book is well worth it.  I was a little afraid of all of those 4 and 5 star reviews on Goodreads, but there is a good reason why this one ranks so high with other readers.  I HIGHLY suggest this book, and this one is going to make the top list for this year - I guarantee it.


5/5 Dragons

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18 comments:

  1. I love the way you sort of rationalised Addie's personality and it made a lot of sense.

    The romance definitely was weird but it worked out well, it's great to see some development in the love interests.

    Great review Lyn :D

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    1. It was weird, and it all came together so nicely in the end.

      Thank you!!

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  2. I'm so glad that you loved this!! I got it a few months ago and still haven't had the chance to read it, but I have heard such great things. I love when books are set in my area. It makes it seem so much cooler. Addie sounds like a fabulous character to read. Awesome review!!

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    1. I hope you love this one, Amy! I am super excited to see your review!

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  3. I loved and ADORED this book. I'm so glad you did, too!

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    1. YAH! Now I am frothing at the mouth for the sequel!

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  4. Yay!! I have this sitting on my shelf and now I am SO excited to pick it up soon. Thanks for the awesome review Lyn!! ((:


    Haley @ YA-Aholic

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    1. Thank you! I hope you read it very very soon!!

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  5. It's rather interesting how you justify Addie's personality being bland! I read this quite a while ago (when it first came out) so I can't actually remember what her personality was like...time for a reread haha. I loved the romance too! Even though it's a love triangle (ish), it was done so well that I didn't mind. And the ending definitely = punched in the feels. Whyy is Feb 2014 so far away :(

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    1. I KKNNNOOOWWW......I want the book NOW NOW NOW!!!

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  6. Don't run, eh? I do love a *good* love triangle so I might just read it. xD Thanks for the heads up about the tissues! I've skimmed over a few reviews but I didn't come across any mentions of that kind of feels. o__o

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    1. It is a very powerful book - I really do hope you get to read it soon. It was just a hidden gem!

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  7. I definitely agree with you on no expectations. It seems too strange to call it just paranormal romance when it's so different from the others, too strange that I'd seen it referred to as science fiction, especially when it's got more of a contemporary than sci-fi element. And I can see how each of those might lend to different readings of the novel.

    You thought Addie was boring and flat? Awww, I thought she was the best part of the story - as you said, because you could relate to her, and because she was snarky and sweet and probably a great friend to have. I thought she was making fun of the poor me stereotype with the jokes about the divorce o.O, but I do agree that her struggle to find herself added a nice layer to the story.

    Lack of world-building for Dallas, Texas. I'm curious now - what else did you want included about your city :D? I agree that it could've done with some more world-building, but am now wondering what should've been there.

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    1. I wish the author would have spoken more about the surroundings, like visiting places or talking about the city. Which part of Dallas? No mention of the Dallas Cowboys? Nothing about the beautiful bookshops? The people? The climate?

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  8. I am such the odd duck on this book--I liked it but didn't love the way everyone else on the planet did, hah! I'm glad you enjoyed it though, Lyn. I'll be on the lookout to see if book two lives up to your expectations.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. I have books like such, Wendy. The 5th Wave hysteria seemed to just pass over me. :<

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  9. I loved this book too-West's writing clicked for me all the way through and I loved the concept (though I am now spoiled when I try other books with similar plots.) Curious/anxious about the sequel!

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  10. HOW DID I NOT KNOW YOU LIVED IN DALLAS? I was totally there two weeks ago. FAIL.

    Anyway, I'm so glad that you loved this, though I totally didn't think Addie was boring. *eyes you skeptically* Also, best love triangle ever.

    You cried? Huh. I mostly remember this one being on the fluffier side aside from that last chapter or two.

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