Book Review: "Pivot Point" by Kasie West

 Addie Coleman is completely surprised by her current situation; her parents are separating, and she has to decide with whom she’d like to live.  But Addie has a unique ability that can help her make up her mind – she is able to Search her possible futures and decide which path she should take.  Alternating chapters explore her two options, complete with the effect upon her loyal best friend Laila, her parents, and potential love interests in both scenarios.  But looking six weeks into the future is far enough – but what she sees doesn’t make her decision any easier.

I read this because it came very highly recommended.  Even so, it took me a beat to really get into the story.  I’m not even sure if I could pinpoint why….  There were just some things that didn’t quite click together for me.  But then they did – and I finished the second half of the book in one sitting, just like that.  I know this isn’t very helpful…   But I will say that for how annoyingly obvious one character was, his counterpart in the other reality was amazing.  I might have a little crush on that one.  The ending wasn’t exactly what I expected, and there is a story there that I didn’t want to accept as finished – so I am glad that there is a sequel available.

Underlying all of this story is the idea that everyone is faced with a tough decision at one point or another.  Even having the ability to see the outcomes of your possible decisions does not necessarily make the decision easier or better.  Hand this to someone dealing with tough decisions (and the aftermath of such), or those interested in speculative fiction, friendship stories, and/or teen romance.

Pivot Point
by Kasie West
Harper Teen, 2013
343 pages
Series:  Pivot Point #1
Source:  Purchased New
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