It's again been a really long time since my last review!
Author: Kasie West
Title: Pivot Point
Release date: 12th of February 2013
Series: Pivot Point #1
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Romance, YA, Sci-Fi
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 320 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle
Addison Coleman's life is one big "What if?" As a Searcher, a special type of clairvoyant, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she is able to look into the future and see both outcomes. So when her parents tell her they are getting a divorce and she has to pick who she wants to live with, a Search has never been more important.
In one future Addie is living with her mom in the life she's always known and is being pursued by the most popular guy in school. In the other she is the new girl in school, where she falls for a cute, quiet artist. Then Addie finds herself drawn into a murder investigation, and her fate takes a darker turn. With so much to lose in either future, Addie must decide which reality she's willing to live through . . . and who she's willing to live without.
I’ve heard so much positive regarding this book and the author. Having read one of her books before, I was expecting a light, humorous story with likable characters. I, however, got something different. The story while seemingly at first coming across light, had layers and layers hidden beneath that made it more complicated and serious than initially thought. It also appeared to be a paranormal school based rom-com with jokes and decent humour, but in reality there weren’t a lot of reasons to laugh. And, while I liked the heroine and Trevor, everyone else wasn’t entirely easy to grow fond of or at all, even Addie at times. BUT, all this doesn’t mean that the book wasn’t good, no, it just means I expected one thing, but received something completely different.
This vaguely came across as semi dystopian when I first started reading, but I was so glad it most definitely was not, since I’m not overly fond of that genre. And although a secluded super-secret commune for extraordinary people for a background isn’t something that has me jumping for joy, it worked well in this story, because it wasn’t the main focus and there were no conspiracies or evil intentions between the normal world and the community. I liked that, even while the latter was a secret, they coexisted quite successfully. Also, Addie’s relationships were in the foreground and all the paranormal and powers stuff was just the illustrating background and I really enjoyed that relatable and simple focus in the story.
The premise is without a doubt quite intriguing, fresh and unpredictable in regards to what will happen and how. Thus, it was quite exciting to follow Addie in determining which path is right for her future. But, even when she knew the outcomes, the choice wasn’t as simple, because both ways had her lose and gain something. In the end, I felt that the decision for either future wasn’t really her choice and it was made for her due to the circumstance. I would have, however, hoped to see her make an objective selection based on what would benefit and be best for her.
I also have to mention the love triangle, which wasn’t one in the classical sense of the word. I can’t stand those, but due to the peculiarities of the story, it managed to find a loophole and actually make it work. It was a love triangle that didn’t exist – it was simple and complicated at the same time.
The book went by really fast, which was partially due to the altering focus between the two possible futures in each separate chapter. You simply had to read on to find out what would occur in the next. Despite the book flying by, nothing much happened between the first and last chapters. The ending, however, seriously picked up the pace and ended with a bang.
The two futures were mostly defined by the romances in each. Both were sweet and cute, despite the boys being complete opposites, but all was not as it seemed on the outside, at least with one of the potential boyfriends. I also loved that despite the two different paths, Addie still met and connected with the guy I was rooting for in the future version that wasn’t theirs.
I don’t know, from one side I enjoyed the story, it was original and felt special, but at the same time there were minor aspects that put me off (Laila for one counts as at least 10 con points – she was irrational, childish and annoying). But then again, the romance was incredibly adorable and I was left wanting more. Ah, just read it and decide for yourself!