ARC Book Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Posted February 18, 2013 by Debby in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Book Review: Pivot Point by Kasie WestPivot Point by Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #1
Published by HarperTeen on February 12th, 2013
Genres: Parallel Universes, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

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.

5 Stars

Whoa. I didn’t expect it, but Pivot Point blew me away. It’s seriously a stunning debut. It hooked me from the first chapter and never let me go after that. Should you read this? My answer is a resounding yes. Let’s take a look at the reasons why.

This is a stunning paranormal world. Addie lives in a community of gifted humans with supernatural powers. No, they don’t fly or have super strength. They have mind powers (seeing the future, telekinesis, persuasion, etc.). However, they live completely closed off from the outside world, and their existence must be kept a secret. Okay, tell me you don’t find this intriguing, unique, and beautiful, and then I’ll tell you you’re a liar, with my lie detector powers. But more than just how awesome the concept is, the world building is beautiful and well integrated into the story. Throughout the novel you gradually get more clues about how exactly that world pieces together. And after reading other novels where there are so many holes in the logic and world building, I can confidently say that is not a problem here. This world is beautiful. I just want to hug it.

Excellent pacing. So the story unfolds that Addie is confronted with her parents’ divorce and she must choose the one to live with. From that point on, you get treated to alternating chapters from each of the two choices as she examines both future paths. It is brilliantly done. Each storyline was captivating and towards the end, they get more and more entertwined. Basically, this is a page turner, and I really regretted having to put the book down to go to sleep last night.

The plot is the best combination of a touching, light contemporary-like story of a divorce, moving to a new place, and eventually falling in love combined with a terrifyingly tragic murder mystery, all set in this intriguing supernatural world. Basically, you get confronted with tons of different feelings and emotions, and it all just sucks you in. Those last pages are absolutely heartwrenching. There were a few plot twists that seriously had me gasping and trembling.

Addie, our main character, is a joy to read about. She’s very relatable and real, but what’s most interesting about her is how you see her grow in different ways between the two different timelines, because the events that unfold shape her in different ways. It’s not particularly her personality that shines to me, but it’s her development and her relationships with the other characters.

Trevor. Just. Trevor. In the category of drool-worthy boys, this guy should get an award. I loved him from the very first mention. His dialogue with Addie was always super sharp and fun. And the build up to their relationship was brilliantly done and well paced. The romance was beautiful but it was subtle and didn’t take center stage over the plot.

My true reactions to the ending? “There’s a sequel, right? THERE IS A SEQUEL RIGHT? YES. Okay. Good. And it should just be rainbows and sunshine and Addie and Trevor. Forever.” Seriously, I can’t wait for that. There’s no cliffhanger here – it’s a true conclusion to the story, but one that still has me begging for more. In other words, it’s the best kind of ending you could ask for.

Summing Up:

I am just so absolutely thrilled I picked this up. It was engaging from start to finish. The world building has left me with hearts for eyes. The pacing was brilliant. The characters and dialogue are just awesome. And overall, this is a novel that you can think about for quite a while and pull different messages away from. I just want the sequel now. And I will be eagerly awaiting anything else Miss Kasie West brings to the table. This powerful debut has me completely convinced of her writing prowess. ♥

This is me, pretty much, right now.

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22 responses to “ARC Book Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

    • Aww, thank you! I was surprised by all the positive reviews as well but it definitely deserves it. I’m still in awe. I can only hope it doesn’t lead to a book hangover, hahaha. I hope you like it when you get around to it! 🙂

  1. For some reason, I was really turned off by the cover of this book(I’m not sure why, I actually really like it now), but then glowing reviews started popping up all over the place, and I actually read the summary. I think this book has such an unique concept. I’m glad to hear it’s lived up to the hype so far!


    • I totally get what you mean. I really loved the cover but it doesn’t exactly suit the story. At first glance you think it’s just another one of those typical contemporary/light paranormal stories… But it’s so much better than that! I hope you do like it when you decide to check it out!

  2. Hahahaha, that gif is ME!

    I agree with everything. The world was beautiful. LOVED IT. I want to go back there right now. I love how both timelines were intertwined.


    AND THE ENDING OH MY GAWD THE ENDING. Did you get chills?! The hairs on my arms stood on end. And they are now just thinking about it.

    • The ending TOTALLY gave me chills. I seldom react to books so intensely. I had chills, I was gasping, at a certain point I just almost shouted, “WHAAAAAT??? NO NO NO, BUT BUT BUT, AHHH.” It’s the kind of twist that I wish I could relive by erasing my memory of it and reading it again.


      I actually had a surprising number of gifs to choose from to express MY EMOTIONS but I didn’t want to overload the readers… But this is the comments section! MUWAHAHA.


      And so many more… *cough* I like gifs.

    • [im][/im]

      Hook represents me, and Emma represents Kasie. Or the book, whichever sounds like creepy.

      This, I feel, is us in general.


    • YES YES YES. I love everything about this comment.

      Kind of late but still valid. ♥

      Two days after finishing I’m still constantly like this about this book.

      And to your point,

  3. I just read this book this weekend, and I agree with everything you said. I love this book so much. I’m looking forward to reading her contemporary YA that is releasing in July.

    • YES! I’m so glad you agree! And yeah, I can’t wait for her contemporary! You could tell with Pivot Point that she could totally rock that genre too. 🙂

  4. ALL THE GIFS <3 And ALL THE FEELINGS! I loved how Addie grew in the seperate timelines too. Trevor is adorable <3 AND OMFG THE ENDING KILLED ME. Especially that one turning point when Addie learns something in the one timeline and then in the other timeline argh. You know what I'm talking about. I'm so happy that my copy just came in because now I can reread it soon!!

    • Hahaha, YES. I’m so glad you loved this one, that really got me even more excited, and then I read it and it totally lived up to the hype. Those timelines entertwining… AMAZING. Just. UNF. More books should be as amazing as this.

    • Awww, thank you! Hahaha, I knew of the sequel, but that just made me so much more excited about the ending! I mean, imagine the potential – they get to fall in love all over again! EEK. ♥

  5. Okay, first of all, I seriously love your reviews. And your blog. Now that the blog-gushing portion is over….

    I saw this in my GR recommendations, and it seriously piqued my interest. It’s a concept I haven’t seen anywhere else, and one that seems so obviously interesting that I’m almost surprised about that. It’s also a concept that could so easily go wrong, which is why I’m so, so glad you loved it as much as you did. I will definitely be checking this one out…just as soon as I clear away some of the evergrowing pile of books on my bedstand waiting to be read.

    • EEP! You flatter me so much. But reading your comments always puts me in a good mood 🙂 Thank you!!

      I think I had the same as you, it sounded interesting, but also like it could easily go wrong. I’m not sure I would have read it so soon if I hadn’t gotten the ARC from Epic Reads, but I’m SO GLAD I did. I just can’t stop gushing about it. I hope you enjoy it!!! 😀

  6. OMG TREVORRRR. I swooned for him so hard!!!
    I’m SO glad you loved this one! I had just tiny things here and there that didn’t take me over to the side of loving it but it DID make me really excited for book two and I loved the world that was created.
    Great review!!

    • Wasn’t he just adorable and perfect? Seriously I just wanted to hug him so bad.

      Thank you!! I’m glad you liked it as well 🙂 I really can’t wait for the sequel.