Books Review

Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

February 4, 2013
from author’s site

Kasie West’s debut novel, Pivot Point, is a piece of art. A beautiful, heart-breaking, thoughtful piece of art. With a clever and perfectly executed plot, tangible tension, and swoon-worthy romance, this book is absolutely stunning. 

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 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.

Ms. West’s writing is superb! She has given Addie a unique, humorous, and likable voice and viewpoint, and it’s not hard to fall in love with her character. I kept picturing Emma Stone as Addie, which is rather perfect in my opinion because Addie has this quirkiness and humor to her that Emma possesses, too. Ms. West has successfully captured the teen voice in all her characters and has given them believable actions as well.

The paranormal aspect of the story is well-written and utilized in all the right ways. Much like Amy Garvey’s Cold Kiss, the paranormal parts balance masterfully with the realistic ones, making the overall story a perfect example of a contemporary paranormal book. All the descriptions are spot on, the dialogue is effortless, and the pacing is perfect–not too slow, not too fast. 

Major kudos to the author for planting details here and there that add up to the bigger picture. The plot is so clever and Ms. West has taken great care in constructing and writing it that everything comes together, yet leaves the story unraveled enough for future books.

My favorite part? Trevor. That’s all I’m going to say because I don’t want to spoil anything.

All in all, Pivot Point is stunning and I can’t wait to see where the story goes next. Ms. West should be proud of this breathtaking novel and I hope to meet her one day so I can gush about it in person. This is definitely a book and an author to watch!

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