ARC Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)
Pivot Point
by Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: Feburary 12th, 2013
Source: Publisher/Edelweiss

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.


Pivot Point was one of those books that I had set expectations for. Look at the cover. Read the synopsis  And this book clearly screams hard-core thriller. I expected for some darkness, some serious scenes, and for a brutal murder. I apparently was deluded because I received nothing of the sort. Was I bummed that Kasie West crushed my expectations in her fist? No. Actually, I really enjoyed Pivot Point despite what I thought it was going to be.

An original sort of paranormal. Yes, I said...original. We all know about clairvoyants and the supes that can see the future, but to my knowledge there has never been a girl who can see two paths based on a choice she has to make. Pretty cool, right? I loved this, and the fact that we were able to dive into each alternate world. Every chapter I would try to guess which one Addie would eventually choose or which one was better for her. Because obviously there is a better choice.

Don't be fooled by that cover! Albeit, it's a gorgeous cover but I don't think it does anything to prove what the book really is--a light, humorous paranormal read. And damn, this book excels on both fronts. It's an addicting read and had me smiling from ear to ear on every page.

The witty main character. Addie's banter and voice carries the book. I don't think I would have liked it near as much if I didn't get her humor. She's a bit self-deprecating and has the quick wit of all those MCs in TV shows that I'm jealous over. I wish I could be that funny!

If you like High School...Okay, so here's maybe not so much a shocker if you read the synopsis carefully, but the book pretty much revolves around high school themes. Football. A close group of friends. Classroom/Library scenes. It reads like a lower young adult book just because there is rarely any cursing or sexy times. So I would recommend it to any pre-teen or teenager for sure!

Is it a love triangle? This is the question I keep contemplating. Can you actually claim this book has a love triangle if she likes two different guys in two different alternate realities? Technically she only chooses one path in the end, so she really only hooks up with one guy. So...I'm leaning towards no. But you see the dilemma here. And, honestly, I love that this book poses this dilemma! It's another validation of how awesome and original it really is.

The characters, the boys, and the ultimate choice. Loved all the sub characters. For a light read, they really worked. Trevor and Duke are the competing men in Addie's present life. I loved how each reality twisted together and we see all the different sides of each character. Trevor is Team Normal. Duke is Team Paranormal. Obviously, Addie makes a choice. I don't agree with it (but I'm biased and can understand where she's coming from).

The murders hinted in the synopsis definitely didn't feel like there was too much at stake. It was almost background to the romances and the football plot. So if I had to nitpick I'd point a finger at that, but I could reread this book and seriously overlook it. It's a great fast-paced read that will make you beg for a sequel!

Fun, original, witty...the perfect recipe for a stellar paranormal!

LightReAD - 25


  1. I cannot wait to read this now! It's done as a must read! Great review :)

  2. While I'm not a huge fan of love-triangles, sometimes they can work out and this doesn't sound like an annoying romance. The interesting twist on seeing the future is nice. I always like it when an author can come up with something new and refreshing. Witty characters are the best and I'm always in for a fun paranormal book. Nice review and I can't wait to read this one, I've heard nothing but good about it so far! :)


  3. No sexy times? Bah! Fahget abad it. Just kidding, I'm totally getting this. If you give it 5 robots, it ends up on my bookshelf. How's that for loyalty? I pledge allegiance to the Nawanda Files of the blogging community of YA, and to the genre of which it reads, one dystopian, under narrative, unputdownable, with love triangles and cliffhangers for all! Shush (amen).

    1. LOL! Your loyalty is unparalleled :D I feel as if we should have that has our official creed! You are too awesome for words. And Pivot Point is such a fun read, I'm sure you'll love it! Thanks for stopping by Sallie!!!

  4. You definitely surprised me! I though (like you) that this would end up being more of a Divergent type serious dystopian novel that I also had high expectations for. I'm happy to see that it was light heared and humorous. From your reveiw, it kind of reminds me of Paranormalcy, another original paranormal story in my opinion. I loved the main character's charm and flare in Paranormalcy and Addie seems like she's got some flare going for her too.

  5. I love that you rally liked this. I hadn't been interested in reading this book at all until the reviews started coming in, but then I got SUPER excited. So hearing that you liked Pivot Point too really just reaffirming my need to pick this up.

  6. I've been seeing perfect reviews of this book. I can't wait for it to hit the local bookstores. Thanks for the awesome review :D


  7. I don't think that I have read a negative review for this book yet. and that makes me happy. I am very much looking forward to reading this one. I will say that I was thinking it would be more dark thriller, but there is nothing wrong with a humorous, paranormal. Thanks for the awesome review!!

  8. Ah! <3 So excited to read this one eventually! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

  9. I LOVED this book! So much fun! And it was interesting how it was kind of a love triangle but not really! I must say her choice surprised me but I agree that the murder plot wasn't the main plot as much as romance, high school drama and other things but I am fine with that. Can't wait for the sequel!

  10. Reading this book made me so giddy. Hehe. I totally agree that it's on the lighter side and so much fun! I never considered it a love triangle for the same reason. Although there was a lot of similarities between lives, it felt like two different Addies. So if there's two different Addies, they're can definitely be two different boys. Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did! :)