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REVIEW: Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West

Title: Pivot Point
Author: Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date of Release: February 12th 2013
Pages: 343

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.

This book is unique and very imaginative! The cover fits well to the plot, the way she is looking at both futures at the same time... agh! Its beautiful.

Addie has been born into the Compound. A place where paranormal abilities are kept hidden from the outside world and maintained to outsiders as if it has never existed. When Addie's parent's split she must decide who she will live with, her mum in the Compound or, her dad in the Norm world. Cue Laila, her best friend, who suggests she should Search through both paths to see which one appeals to her most. As she is taken down two completely different branches, she finds out that not all choices are easy and that sometimes, by choosing one you can lose the possible happiness and/or despair from another.

Addie is a very likeable protagonist. She is not immediately trusting showing she has a strong brain and can think for herself, without the influence of others. She is also very caring, always sensing when one is in pain she quickly tries to console them with her bubbly personality. I also loved the banter she had regularly with Trevor, such as applying to be a zombie hunter, it was a lovely aspect to read about Addie's character but also an expansion on Trevor's personality, as he first appears to be quite quiet and reserved. She can also think for herself, and when she knows something is wrong, she will try her absolute hardest to find out the cause.

The plot of this story was extroidinary! The way you would be snatched from one vision to another created a huge amount of anticipation and kept you reeling to find out what happens in each path and the similarities that both paths follow, whether it is the link of characters to the the actions taken. Furthermore, I loved the idea of their ability training (and advancing their abilities) and seeing the way their lives in the compound and the technology they have are truly kept secret, from the mention of how advanced they are. But also the way that their abilities can speak for themselves and the way their lives and assumptions based around them. This book could have became a little confusing at times, however, it was pieced together perfectly to become a priceless and faultless puzzle.

This book was full of fun and romance, but also the way that whichever choice you take, you can't change the events that will unfold. You may prolong them, however they will sneak up on you at their first chance. I cannot wait to read Split Second which will hopefully be coming out February 2014 to find out how her future has evolved and what complications are up ahead. As well as finding out more about Laila, as I will be honest... she didn't appear to be the greatest friend in both paths, additionally she came across as very immature meaning I hope to see more of her and understand some of her motives and secrets.

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