Pivot Point by Kasie West

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Title: Pivot Point

 Series: Pivot Point (#1)

 Author: Kasie West

 Genre: YA Paranormal, Sci-fi

 Rating: ★★★¾

 In short: Funny, entertaining, and refreshingly creative

Goodreads: 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.

This book turned out to be surprisingly good—helped along mostly by Kasie West’s masterful story-weaving, and Addie’s snarky, witty narration. After Addie’s parents tell her they’re getting a divorce, she has to choose between the two of them—and luckily for her, she has an ability that lets her see the choices ahead of her and where they lead. Let’s take a moment to appreciate this great spin on the sight.

As if that wasn’t creative enough, the story is told through alternating views of each of Addie’s futures: one in which she stays with her mom in Freaktown the Compound, and the other in which she leaves with her dad into the normal world. When I first realised it, I was a bit worried it wouldn’t work, but Kasie West manages the two alternate universes admirably. The two futures are told so that they follow the same timeline, and when Things Start To Happen, you can see it in both the dimensions.

Though the story was told really well, the language wasn’t stunning—it read like a contemporary novel. Of course, it wasn’t a bad thing. I’m glad Pivot Point didn’t sound overly formal. In the middle of the book I also started to worry that Addie’s choice seemed more and more like a choice between two boys, but I’m glad that in the end, her choice is despite the love triangle rather than because of it. Go Addie!

What I’m not sure about is the best friend. I really, really love good best friends, but I don’t think Laila’s going to cut it, at this rate. She’s loud and bouncy, which is great, but I just don’t know about her. I can’t wait for the next book!

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