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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Deidra Reviews Pivot Point

Author: Kasie West
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 352
Source: Library

Summary: 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.
My Favorite Lines:
“Because an illusion is an illusion. Reality always exists despite the facade.”

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

“When I read, I feel emotion all on my own. Emotion no living person is making me feel.” 
Why I Loved It:  I'll admit, I wasn't sure what to expect going into the story.  I know that bloggers I loved loved the book.  When I saw it at the library, I knew it was time to read it!

Pivot Point is one of those stories that shouldn't work.  Ok so you know how the whole alternating POV is really popular in YA right now?  Well, the story was alternated choices.  The story flipped back and forth between the choice she made.  It should have been chaotic and too busy.  Really though, I found I could roll with it.  I quickly adjusted and really enjoyed the set-up of the story.  

That set-up was complete with a well-thought out plot.  I really love how she set up the compound.  Focusing on a group of people who have advance mental abilities was super cool.  It also had some believability built in.  I found that reading before bed was dangerous for my sleep.  I would say one more chapter, flipping pages furiously until I reached the end of the chapter only to discover that there was no way I could stop there.  Everything about the book sucks you in.  It was like a parallel world.  But not.  That is unbelievably cool.  

Ok so now the guy.  The Guy.  The boy was pure perfection.  Texas boy accent, boots, and this sweet, funny adorable "always there for you" kind of manner.  Plus he's an artist.  *Side note: as a Texan I will say that there are not many people like him, especially in Dallas.*  The dialogue between Addie and Trevor was probably my favorite part of the book.   

I was really thrilled with the way the book ended.  I loved that she looked beyond just a boy to take care of the big picture.  

Low Points:  The beginning for me was a tad slow.  It picks up though which totally turned it around for me.  

High Points: For me, this was a great change of pace in the world fixated on dystopian *though I love dystopian* and it was some new sci-fi to throw in the mix.  The plot was fresh, and I really enjoyed Addie as a main character.  

Who Should Read It:  Those who love reading books about people with super powers, and people who get into sci-fi that has a contemporary feel.  
        

4 comments:

  1. I've heard such great things about this one, I can't believe I haven't read it yet! I've really been into the SciFi thing lately. And this boy definitely sounds like my type of male lead...

    Samantha @ Reading-AndCoffee

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  2. I was iffy on this book because I thought it would be super confusing, but "The boy was pure perfection," pretty much sold me. You also said it was really good, and I tend to believe you lol

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  3. I haven't read this book yet, which explains why anytime I saw this book I thought it was about twins ... I think the idea of seeing two outcomes is really original! I normally don't go after books that start off slow. I mean, I don't expect it to jump into the climax right away, but I like a decent start. Hmm, from your review, I think I might have to give this book a try :) Thanks for the heads up!
    Ana @ Characterized Book Reviews

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  4. I still NEED to read this book. :( I'm glad you liked it! I've heard some great things.

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