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Pivot Point

4.5/5 (113 ratings)
336 pages
4 hours
Feb 12, 2013


Perfect for fans of Sliding Doors, Kasie West's riveting novel Pivot Point follows a girl with the power to see her potential futures.

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.

Feb 12, 2013

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Kasie West lives with her family in central California, where the heat tries to kill her with its 115-degree stretches. She graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree that has nothing to do with writing. Visit her online at

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Pivot Point - Kasie West



am•bush: n. to pick a subject (me) and lie in wait to attack

Heads up, a loud voice called from my right. I looked up just in time to see a football smack me right between the eyes.

I never really understood the saying heads up. At least not as a warning. Duck or watch out or flying object, even heads down would’ve worked. I lie on my back, book clutched to my chest, staring at the purple-and-gold streaked sky—the Perceptives must’ve been gearing up for the football game that night. As if the school colors splashed across the sky would send us running to the ticket booth.

I mentally inventoried my situation. I’d landed on cement, so no mud was involved, thankfully. I’d only lost thirty seconds, at the most, so I’d still make it to class on time. I was fine. A little anxiety melted away with the thought.

A familiar face with a mess of blond hair and a wide smile appeared above me. Sorry. I said heads up. His smile proved he wasn’t very sorry at all, but more likely amused.

And I looked up, was what I wanted to say, but instead I ignored his offered hand and pushed myself off the ground. Yeah, I heard you, Duke. I brushed myself off and continued walking. The spot the football had hit throbbed, so I pressed my fingertips against it, sure there was a nasty red welt.

Guess I should’ve Searched the morning after all, and I might’ve seen that coming. But I didn’t Search all my choices—only major ones. There were already enough alternate realities floating around in my mind that sometimes it was hard to keep track of which one I had actually lived and which was the opposing choice never made.

And yet, earlier that morning when I climbed out of bed and saw the fog outside my window, I was tempted to see what would happen if I stayed home versus what would happen if I went to school. My mom made the decision for me when she opened my door and said, Addie, I’m driving you this morning. I don’t like you to drive in the fog.

Okay, thanks. I knew better than to disagree. My mom was Persuasive. It was her mental ability. As far as mental abilities went, I thought my parents had the worst ones any teenager’s parents could have. Who wanted her mom to be able to Persuade her to do anything she wanted? My mother claimed she only used it when it was important, but I wondered.

My father was a human lie detector—although my mom didn’t like it when I called him that; the technical term was Discerner—and he could immediately tell if I lied. He said he could even tell when I planned to lie. Irritating.

I slid into my seat, barely making it before the tardy bell. My best friend, Laila, wasn’t so lucky. As usual, she came walking through the door a good five minutes later. Her bright red lipstick against her pale skin immediately drew my eyes to her defiant smile. We were an odd pair, constantly tugging each other back and forth over the line that represented normal teenage behavior. Everything she did made her stand out, made people notice, but I just wanted to blend in.

Laila, what do I have to do to get you here on time? Mr. Caston asked.

Move the buildings closer together?

Funny, Ms. Stader. Warning today. Lunch detention tomorrow. Walk faster.

She plopped into the seat next to me and rolled her eyes. I smiled.

Okay, Mr. Caston said. The lights dimmed, and our desk monitors lit up. Instructions appeared on the screen, and I meticulously copied them into my notebook.

Seriously, Addie? Laila asked, nodding her head toward my paper.

I made an exploding sound and kept writing. The school computers hadn’t crashed in more than twenty years, but preparing for the worst never hurt anyone.

We’re finishing up our partner work today, Mr. Caston said. Remember, no abilities, please; just use your brain.

"We were using our brains," Bobby said from up front.

The part of your brain that doesn’t house your ability.

Everyone groaned. But, considering biology was a Norm-training class, we all knew the rule: Classes that taught us skills to exist on the Outside needed to be learned traditionally.

Don’t make me turn on the room’s ability blockers. I’m not teaching middle school here. And turn off your phones, people.

Another collective moan sounded.

Laila flashed her phone at me with a conspiratorial smile. A barcoded football filled the screen. Come to the game with me this time.

You bought a pass? The sky thing worked on you?

What? No, she said as though the implication that she could be influenced by manipulation techniques deeply offended her. I was going anyway. This had nothing to do with the— Whoa, what happened to your head?

I rubbed the welt again. Duke’s football.

You talked to Duke?

Not really, but his football and I seemed to hit it off.

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Bobby walk up. His leg pressed against the edge of my desk, and my stomach twisted into a knot. I tried to ignore it and pretend I didn’t see him.

What do you want? Laila asked. No matter how often I tried to convince her otherwise, she thought of herself as my bodyguard.

I want to talk to Addie.

I bent over and rummaged through my backpack, hoping he’d get the hint. He didn’t. I pulled out a yellow highlighter and set it on my desk. Still, he stayed. Finally, with a sigh, I looked up. Bobby, please, just leave me alone.

I thought now that the dance was over, you’d talk to me, tell me why you went from friendly to cold the minute I asked you.


Yeah, so leave, Laila added.

He walked away, glancing back once. The look he gave me said he wasn’t ready to give up yet. I hoped my look said, You’re going to have to. I also kind of hoped it said, I hate your guts, but as long as it said one of the two, I was satisfied.

Addie, you can’t punish someone based on a Search. He has no idea what he did wrong.

It’s not my fault that if I went to the dance with him, he was going to shove his tongue down my throat and his hand up my dress, I whispered.

"I know, and I’m so glad you didn’t go with him. But he didn’t actually do that."

But he would’ve. I nudged the highlighter. It rolled over the glass surface of my glowing keyboard and inched toward the edge of my desk before rolling back to safety. That’s who he is, and I can’t look at him without seeing that Search.

Do you want me to Erase it?

Have I asked you to Erase something before? Every time she offered to Erase a memory, I asked her that question.

And every time she always answered, If you did, I wouldn’t tell you.

I made a face at her. You’re a brat.

She began painting her nails with a black Sharpie. So, do you?

No. Because then I’ll forget what he’s capable of and his puppy-dog eyes might convince me to go out with him. I shuddered. I couldn’t imagine ever thinking that his greasy brown hair and holey jeans meant he was misunderstood. But without the memories, I was sure, once again, I’d believe a good shampoo would wash the appearance of creep out of him.

That’s true.

Hey, can you give me a ride home today? I asked, ready to move past the Bobby subject.

Sure, your car didn’t start again this morning?

I scrolled through the diagrams on my monitor until I found our current assignment. No, fog.

Ah, of course. She didn’t need further explanation. My mom’s overprotectiveness had affected a lot of our outings. She turned toward her monitor because Mr. Caston started pacing the rows. Up on the screen was a diagram of frog innards. Where is the kidney? she asked.

I pointed, and the bean-shaped organ blackened as the heat from my finger touched the screen. Mr. Caston passed our desk.

So, back to Duke, she whispered when he was out of hearing range. Tell me all the details.

There’s nothing to tell. His football knocked me down. He apologized.

And you said?

I thought back. I said, ‘Yeah, I heard you, Duke.’ A look of horror came onto her face, and I cringed.

Addison Marie Coleman. You get handed an opportunity to flirt with Duke Rivers and you blow him off? All these years of being my friend and you have learned nothing. That was your chance. You could’ve acted like he hurt you and made him walk you to the nurse’s office.

He did hurt me. But he annoyed me more. He let a football hit my head.

How do you know he let it?

Hello? Because he’s Telekinetic. He could’ve easily knocked it out of the way.

Come on, Addie. He can’t use his powers all the time. Give him a break.

"He let a football hit my head," I repeated slowly.

All right, all right, perhaps he’s not the most gentlemanly guy in the world, but he’s Duke. He doesn’t have to be.

A loud sigh escaped my lips. Laila, don’t make me hurt you. It’s girls like you who let guys like Duke get away with their behavior.

She laughed. First of all, I’d like to see you try to hurt me, Miss Skin-and-Bones. Second of all, if I were with Duke, he’d be cut down to size in seconds. She leaned back and let out a dreamy sigh, as if a mental image of her with Duke played through her mind. Hotlicious.


"It’s hot and delicious combined. In the dictionary it would be listed as a noun and wouldn’t even have a definition attached, just a picture of Duke Rivers."

"Please. There are plenty of real words Duke’s face is probably already attached to in the dictionary … conceited, egocentric, arrogant. And besides—I smiled—hotlicious would be an adjective."

Girls, Mr. Caston said, I don’t think much studying is going on in your corner.

Laila pointed to the monitor. We’ve located the kidney, Mr. Caston.

When I got home, my parents were both in the living room. They sat on opposite couches, hands folded in their laps, looking grim. My cheeks numbed as all the blood in them suddenly left.

My house was what Laila always described as old-fashioned cozy—overstuffed, mismatched furniture; plush carpet; honey-colored walls. The kind of house that was easy to curl up and relax in. I had the opposite feeling at the moment as tension spread across my shoulders.

Is Grandma okay? I asked. It was the only reason I could come up with for them both being home in the middle of the day, looking so somber.

The smile that appeared on my mom’s face seemed patronizing and immediately put me on guard. Yes, honey, Grandma’s fine. Everyone is fine. Why don’t you take care of your backpack and then come sit down? We need to talk.

I went to my room and wondered what would happen if I barricaded myself inside. I even glanced at the tall bookcase next to the door as if the idea were actually a valid one. If I never came out, they wouldn’t be able to deliver whatever news had etched worry onto their faces. I paced for a few minutes, reviewing my options, talked myself out of Searching, then walked back out. My mom pointed to the lair (so dubbed because it was smaller than a love seat but bigger than a chair). It sat against the wall between the couches, and I lowered myself into it.

I wedged my hands beneath my thighs to keep myself from biting my nails. Is someone going to tell me what’s going on? I looked straight at my dad, hoping he would tell me. Whatever the news, my dad was better at a gentle delivery. He actually acknowledged the existence of feelings. Unlike my mom, who seemed to think people were like one of the programs she developed: easy to reconfigure when they didn’t react as expected.

His face gave away nothing at first, then softened to what looked like pity. That wasn’t a good sign.

But my mother spoke. Addie, after trying for several years now to work out our differences, your father and I have decided to go our separate ways.

It felt like a hundred footballs whacked me in the forehead. The throbbing returned, and I rubbed at the welt. I tried to process what she had said, but the only answer made no sense. My parents got along just fine. Why would either one of them leave? You don’t mean you’re getting a divorce?

Yes, sweetie. Apparently the straightforward approach didn’t trigger the right response, so she changed to the look-how-sympathetic-I-can-sound voice. It has nothing to do with you. It’s about issues we can’t work through. This was the last thing we wanted—to split up our family. But no matter what we tried, it didn’t help. She tilted her head and squinted her eyes. Was that supposed to be her sorry face? It looked forced. We thought maybe you would’ve seen this coming. Haven’t you Searched anything lately? The last sentence was accompanied by a hand on my arm.

I started to look down at her hand, but it was gone in an instant and had moved on to pick a piece of lint off the arm of the couch, before joining her other hand in her lap.

It took me a moment to realize she had asked a question. No, I haven’t. My last Search was the week before last and went as far as the homecoming dance, which happened Friday. If I had just looked a few more days ahead, I could’ve seen this coming. I don’t understand. Why would you get a divorce? The word tasted bad in my mouth.

Because we’re like strangers living in the same house. We don’t even care enough about each other to fight anymore.

I waited for my dad to speak up, to say he didn’t want this, but he nodded his agreement. Sorry, baby. It’s true.

But I care about both of you. You can’t do this.

Our choice has already been made, my mom said. You’re the only one left to make a choice.

I choose for you to stay together.

My mom had the nerve to laugh. Okay, it wasn’t a laugh as much as it was a small chuckle, but still. That’s not your choice, Addie. Your choice is: Who do you want to live with?


Un•just•ville: n. the land ruled by my parents

I sat in stunned silence, convinced the house must’ve initiated security protocol when I came home, and these were the holographic versions of my parents, programmed to fool intruders. That’s how little sense what they said made. But they weren’t holograms. They were right in front of me, waiting for my reaction. Considering none of us had moved for what felt like five minutes, I was surprised we hadn’t been plunged into darkness. I didn’t know what my parents expected from me, but I was waiting for the world to realign on its axis and return my life to normal. Not used to surprises, I decided I didn’t like them very much.

My mom broke the silence with: I know it’s a hard choice, Addie. And we fully expect you to use your ability to see which future looks more appealing. You don’t have to answer us now.

Can’t I be with both of you? Isn’t there like a fifty-fifty deal we can work out?

That would be okay, but your father’s decided to leave the Compound. He’s going into the Normal world.

My stomach went from twisting uncomfortably to dropping straight to my feet. You’re leaving, Dad? Not many people left the Compound. No one I knew personally. So this news was almost as shocking as the divorce announcement.

My mom continued, I don’t think you joining him there would be good for your develo—

Marissa, you promised you wouldn’t try to influence her one way or the other.

I’m sorry. It’s true. Addie, this decision is yours. Stay here with others like you, or leave the Compound and live in a world surrounded by people who use only ten percent of their brains.


Sorry, she said again. This time they both laughed. I was glad they found this situation so amusing, considering my life had just ended. I stood abruptly, and they stopped laughing. My dad’s face crumpled into the pity look again, and I could tell he was about to apologize, but I didn’t want to hear it.

Without a word, I walked by them, straight to my room. I slapped my palm against the panel inside, causing the door to swish shut behind me. Angry music blasted from above, the computer obviously sensing my mood from the palm scan. Off, I said, and silence took over. I walked around the bookcase, placed my back against the side, planted my feet firmly on the ground, and pushed. When it didn’t budge, I slid to the floor and lowered my forehead to my knees.

There was no way I could make this decision. It would’ve been better had they just told me what needed to happen, left me no choice in the matter. Sure, I would’ve complained about that as well, but at least then I wouldn’t have been forced to pick between my parents.

I crawled to my backpack, grabbed my phone out of the front pocket, and called Laila.

Hey, she said. I’m almost home. Did you forget something in my car?

Did I?

I don’t know. I just thought that’s why you were calling.

Oh. No, I didn’t. I lay on my backpack, not moving when the pens and other lumpy items pressed into my cheek. The discomfort created a momentary distraction from more unpleasant feelings. Closing my eyes, I listened to the slight static of the phone line.

What is it then?

My parents are getting a divorce. For the first time since the announcement, my eyes stung and my throat tightened.

Oh no. I’m so sorry. I’m coming back, okay?

I couldn’t answer. I only nodded.

Ten minutes later there was a knock on my window. The window was how she snuck into my room in the middle of the night. She didn’t need to use it in that moment, but I was glad she did. I felt betrayed by my parents and didn’t think they deserved to know how much I needed my best friend.

I powered open the window and screen. Laila climbed like a pro over the struggling bush in the flower bed and into my room. She immediately threw her arms around me. I’m so sorry, she said again. This sucks.

My dad’s moving away. Against her shoulder, my voice came out muffled. I have to pick.

What? She brought me out to arm’s length. He’s leaving the Compound? Why? Is he helping with containment?

I … I had been too shocked to ask him what he’d do on the Outside. Most people only left the Compound to help in the process of keeping the Para-community a secret—investigating leaks, assessing damage, Erasing memories. But some left for high-powered positions, to help gather intelligence to send back to the Compound, keeping us informed on the world outside the walls. Only a few left because they wanted to integrate into the Normal world—essentially disappear. I had no idea which category my father fell into. I don’t know.

But you might leave with him?

I nodded.

No. You can’t do that. You can’t leave. You’ll hate it out there. When’s the last time you’ve even had to deal with Norms? she asked, putting one hand on her forehead and the other flying to her hip.

I don’t really remember. Years. I remembered perfectly. I was eight. We had to fill out tons of paperwork and take secrecy oaths. All for a weekend trip to Disneyland. It was crowded. Everything seemed so normal. All the rides were outdated, and the fireworks were nothing compared to a Perceptives light show. My parents argued the entire time.

This is so unfair. She led me over to the bed, and we both climbed on, leaning against the headboard. She kicked off her shoes and turned toward me. So then you’re staying here, right? Otherwise you would have to leave school and all your friends … and me.

I hadn’t even begun to think about the details of one choice over the other, but she was right.

Are you going to Search it?

I need to make a list. Pros and cons. I jumped off the bed and grabbed a notebook and pen out of my desk. I opened it to a blank page and drew a line down the center, then sat on the edge of my bed, pen ready. The silence stretched as I stared at the page, trying to think of the good things about leaving.

My shoulders tensed as I wrote the first word, because I knew there would be no other words to add beneath it. Dad. When put that way, the choice seemed easy: Lose one person, or lose everyone and everything. But the thought of losing my dad consumed me with such sadness that my stomach hurt. He was my rock. The calming force in my life. I gnawed on my thumbnail. It wasn’t like I’d never see my dad again. Of course he’d come visit, and I could go visit him in whatever Norm town he moved to.

I traced each letter over and over again until the word was black and bold on the page. As I went to add another line of ink to the D Laila grabbed my hand. Addie, you need to Search it. It will help.

She took the notebook from me and set it on the bed beside us. How long?

The longest amount of time I’d ever Searched was when Bobby asked me to the dance. He’d asked me a week in advance, and because I chose not to Erase it, I had to live and then relive that week of my life. That was rare though. When I Searched, it was usually just for a few days, sometimes only for a few hours, at a time.

I shrugged my shoulders. A month maybe. Six weeks?

How long will that take?

Five minutes. I don’t know. The energies I focused on just seamlessly blended into my mind. It was sort of like a stream joining a river—instant memories of the two paths I could take. When it was over, it felt like I had already taken both paths. That’s why I didn’t like to do it too often, because it felt so real that it was hard to separate the would-have from the would.

Do you think six weeks is enough? My parents’ surprise announcement was making me second-guess everything. I usually knew exactly what needed to happen and exactly what I would do to make it happen. Not because I Searched everything—I didn’t—but because I liked to have a plan. Plans were good. But now I didn’t know. I was confused and frustrated. I pressed my palms to my eyes.

It should be plenty.

I let my shoulders rise and fall with a deep sigh.

Laila, always ready and willing to do just about anything, said, Well, what are you waiting for?

You want me to do it now?

I think it would make you feel better.

I grabbed a pillow, pulled it against my chest, and lay down. On the ceiling above me, in black scrolling print, was the Aristophanes quote I had painted there: By words the mind is winged. For some reason it stood out among all the other quotes that loomed above me. I don’t know. Six weeks is a long time. I’d hate to have so many detailed memories floating around up there.

"Why? That week leading up to homecoming was pretty awesome. I liked knowing that the heel of my red shoes was going to break on Wednesday after third period and that there would be a pop quiz

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  • (5/5)
    OH WOW!!! This book was truly amazing and it was very refreshing to read something so different. When I read the blurb and even after starting it I still wasn't sure how the author would portray the concept. I really loved the way she handled it, I was always excited to see what's going on in Addison's life now.

    I loved Ms. West's storytelling and seeing her character's grow as well as their world. Addison was an awesome protagonist, she was outspoken, entertaining and kinda weird with her trust issues. Maybe it had something to do with her parents, I think their abilities messed her up a bit, or maybe it was just her world. It all seemed so fake to me, I couldn't get over that. I thought that maybe I should just get over it because it's a paranormal book about people with abilities but something just didn't sit well about their reality.

    Their abilities were so cool, probably because they were shown from a different point of view when it comes to their environment and the plot of this particular story. At the same time I kind of had this sense of wrongness about the people living on the compound as it was called, where the people with abilities live as oppose to the norm world where the non-abilities people live. I thought it was just me but in the end there was some basis to my feelings.

    This concept was definitely new for me and I am truly glad I read this. I was pretty much anxious the entire book not knowing what was going to happen next and what future will Addison choose to take. I was on pins on needles to the very end. I was sad and relieved at the same time, I mean a choice between two futures, who wouldn't be? I felt like I too had a big stake in the outcome of Addison's choice. I was completely connected with the story and it's characters. Pivot Point was wonderful and unique.
  • (5/5)
    Kasie West is one of my go-to authors for quick, fun, light reads. This book and its sequel, Split Second, deliver exactly what I expected and I loved every bit of them.
  • (5/5)
    I've been thinking a lot lately about worlds hidden within worlds and how much I love that sort of setting and want more of it and guess what? Kasie West has just created one! The story takes place in Texas, but it's not quite the Texas we know and love. You see there is this illusion that looks like a mountain range, but it's really a compound full of extraordinary people. I'm not talking about a FLDS compound people. This is a place where people have learned to use the entirety of their brains and as a result they now have these abilities. . .some of which are cooler than others. This place also has more advanced technology but we don't learn a ton about that. We also didn't receive a ton of description about this compound. Is it surrounded by a wall? Do hikers just never find it? Is the government in on this? I just thought a little bit more could have been done for the setting, but I'm hoping maybe some more details will be provided in the next book.

    Characters: 5/5
    Addison is the main character of Pivot Point. She is divergent. . .confusing to those of us who have read Divergent. The meaning seems to be a tad different. Addie, simply put, can do something called a search when she is facing a decision with two different choices. In this search she can see what happens when she makes a decision. In this case she is completing a search to determine if she should remain with her mom on the compound or if she should go with her dad to live among the norms. (I almost just referred to them as blunt skulls. . .Coneheads, anyone?) I loved the character of Addie. I thought she was witty and sometimes snarky, so when she fell for the dumb jock I couldn't even believe it! All I will say is that there is always more to the story.

    Addie's sidekick, Leila, drove me a teeny bit batty. She is obsessed with guys and she doesn't seem to think a lot of things through. Her flightiness and reckless behavior is bound to get her into trouble. I'm sure we can all relate to having a friend like Leila. If you can't then you were/are that friend.

    My favorite aspect of this entire story was the relationship between Trevor and Addison. Too often in books and movies the relationship is so rushed. I hate that, mainly because I think it sets up this expectation for people that love should be quick, but I'm not sure that's always true or healthy. True this did take place in a "time-span" of six weeks but it's not like they are marching down the aisle anytime soon. This relationship was just so sweet.

    I LOVED this story. I seriously cannot say it enough! There was excitement, mystery, suspense and love. What more could you really want? I have no complaints!

    Overall: 5/5
    This book was everything I had hoped for and more! Thus far it is my favorite debut release of the year and it will be hard to top.
  • (5/5)
    The summary of this book hardly describes the roller coaster ride that it is. So carefully has the author blended Addie's two paths that you find yourself jumping to conclusions.

    I kept seeing the overlap and the results & in that way, the mystery kept me going. While it was difficult to separate the two timelines, it was exhilarating and I couldn't pt it down.

    As Addie sees her two futures one after the one in segments, you begin to see the patterns that connect both of them and it's both terrifying and exciting.

    This was written so well that I felt emotionally engaged in Addie and her friends. I tend to read books and I glaze over certain passages or details, but this was just enough detail imagery and empathy to keep me hooked.

    Absolutely well written.
  • (4/5)
    Seriously enjoyed the complexity of the book. Even though there was a lot going on, it was easy to follow! Great character development.
  • (5/5)
    This was perfectly timed, I loved that I could read both sides and note the differences between them and also note the point both worlds collide. I can’t wait for the next read!!
  • (5/5)
    I absolutely loved it. The plot twists the characters the emotion everything was perfect. Like I said I absolutely love this book and Kasie West.
  • (5/5)
    This review, along with others can be seen on Cristina's Book Reviews .

    There is not a book by Kasie West that I’ve read and haven’t immediately fallen in love with. Pivot Point is no different.

    This book has a very interesting premise: a place called The Compound where everyone has special powers. Addie has the power of divergence; she can see into the future and live out both sides of a decision. When her dad gives her the choice to live in the normal human world with him, she decides to see what would happen if she stays or if she goes.

    This book was wonderfully written, weaving both sides of Addie’s life between each chapter. Addie is highly relatable and down to earth. It wasn’t difficult to get invested into the story because her voice is very distinctive and easy to follow.

    It was interesting seeing how both of her lives played out and seeing how one choice could alter so much in the long run.

    Addie has two lives, and consequently, two romances. Seeing how Addie interacted with each boy was interesting because she was different with both of them. Trevor was sweet and charming, but she had to keep her secret from him, while Duke was the star quarterback and he knew everything about her. Each romance seemed genuine, yet obviously one stood higher than the other. (TEAM TREVOR! <3)

    It was interesting seeing the paranormal concept even if it wasn’t all that well explained. There was also an interesting mystery going on that Kasie West interestingly put together alongside Addie’s story.

    I’ve got to say that her power was both a blessing and a curse. Having the foreknowledge of a decision you did and didn’t make is definitely very stressful. If I were in Addison’s position I would have no idea which path I’d take. In each path Addison has a certain life and she’d be giving up something different in each one. Not to mention that there’s an impressive cast of side characters and they each contribute something amazing to each side of the story.

    “It was hard when I knew I was about to be flooded with memories of a life I hadn’t lived yet. Really, two lives I hadn’t lived yet.”

    Overall, Pivot Point is another amazing book by Kasie West that’ll have you captivated from start to finish. The ending will leave you breathless and with the biggest hangover ever.
  • (5/5)
    BookNook &mdash; Young Adult book reviewsIf there is any book in the world that can give you a book orgasm, it's this one.Pivot Point is not just one of my favourite books. Screw favourite book of the month, or favourite book of the year. Screw favourite paranormal or favourite science fiction. This is at THE TOP. As in favourite book ever. As in the best book I have EVER read. Pivot Point was always really good, but when I got to the ending, my mind was completely blown, and this book soared to the top of my list. To see everything come together (Addie's two paths) was just PHENOMENAL, flawless, and heartbreaking. And holy sweet Searching, I wanted to stomp and kick and rage when the book ended because I NEEDED more!!! I Twitter stalked harassed threatened messaged Kasie, demanding book two immediately.Lately, all of my favourite books have been new adult contemporary romances with that bursting-at-the-seams emotional trauma. It's almost like I can't love a book unless it has that gut-wrenching shake-me-to-my-core feel to it. Pivot Point has a bit of that, but what makes it different (other than the paranormal twist) is that it's brimming with originality and suspense, and it has a structure that can only be described as pure genius. This book is executed flawlessly and will keep you hooked, addicted, and all kinds of psyched out. It was almost like I didn't even care about my life any more. I just sat down and read and read and read and read because it was SO FREAKING GOOD and I could not be parted with it. You would have had to pry the book from my cold, dead hands. You weren't getting it away from me any other way.Those other books I mentioned are good, but they're just emotionally jerking. I love that, and it's amazing, but Pivot Point made me see something more than that. This is an amazing example of a book that is so intricate, so complex, and yet delivered simply and flawlessly. It has "carefully crafted" written all over it.Honestly, I was a little nervous of Pivot Point at first. I mean, two futures, two lives? That sounded really confusing! But somehow, Kasie West manages to pull it off with ZERO confusion! It was flawless. Just imagine: two paths&mdash;two different futures&mdash;both playing out simultaneously. They're different, but there's distinct overlap. You see how the futures have similar elements, and even a few similar events, but they are executed slightly differently. How the bloody hell do you pull that off? Ask Kasie West.So in this book, we follow out these two paths in alternating chapters. The two paths lead to different love interests! BACK OFF OF TREVOR, HE'S MINE. *ahem* At first I was totally and completely torn between the two. They were different, but they were both pretty darn hot. But as the book progressed, I easily picked a side (oh Trevor, how I loveth thou!). Their relationship is really slow-building, tender, and sweet. And Trevor is the perfect book boyfriend. Honestly, my favourite part of the book was when Addie messed up and Trevor found out. In normal YA books, the love interest would have been pissed and raged out of there without an explanation. But Trevor was kind and patient. Sure, he was disappointed, but he allowed Addie to explain. Oh my god why don't more YA boys do that???The characters in this book are just all so likeable (or hate-able). The dialogue had me constantly giggling, laughing out loud, and squealing with delight! I kept texting my boyfriend incoherent things like, "OH MY GOD! THIS IS AMAZING! THIS IS AMAZING! MY BOOK IS SO GOOD!! HOLY SHDFOISD;MNA!"!i" Addie was hilarious, but without trying to be."I don't care when people think I'm an antisocial, controlling bookworm because that's what I am. It's when they interpret me wrong that I have a problem."&mdash;Addie, ARC of Pivot Point by Kasie West "Thanks. And can we just get this out of the way? Your eyelashes make mine want to commit suicide from shame."&mdash;Addie to Trevor, ARC of Pivot Point by Kasie West I wanted to cry my eyes out when this book ended. Yes, it was sad, but mostly I wanted to cry because the pure, solid genius that is Pivot Point had ended. It took my brain a while to actually compute that. PIVOT POINT? ENDED?? WHAT?? ARE WE DIVIDING BY ZERO??? The way this book unravels is just so heart pounding; it left me awe-struck. Like.. I couldn't move. My eyes were actually all wide like basketballs O_O And when I finally regained my composure, cue insane, mindless Tweeting, sobbing, crying, and bribing at Kasie West for book two.The end of this book actually reminded me a bit of Heroes, which was a really cool surprise. I didn't even think about that connection until the very end. I won't tell you why, to avoid spoilers, but just know that it is FREAKING AWESOME. I wanted to cry because I didn't have book two. I pity the book I will read next because it will not be this good. I'm going to curl up in a ball in a corner and rock back and forth like a crazy person until book two is released. When is that? February 2014. So I guess I'll see you guys in one year, because I will be in no state to write reviews until then.Kasie West single-handedly cures jet lagPrior to reading this book, I was suffering from severe jet lag for an entire week. I was going to bed at like 6pm, waking up at 4am, taking a nap from 10am-12pm, and then starting all over again. It was absurd. But Kasie West is solely responsible for saving me from a life of being nocturnal. Normally I would have gotten tired at 6pm, or maybe 8/9pm if I was lucky. But, no. Because I was reading Pivot Point. I COULD NOT PUT THE BOOK DOWN. So instead of succumbing to exhaustion, I stayed up until 11:30pm. ELEVEN THIRTY. For a jet lagged person like myself, this was HUGE. And when I finally did go to bed, I lay there mumbling variations of "holy shit" and "wow". I'm not even just saying that for the sake of this review, I actually did that.Going to bed at 11:30pm allowed me to finally sleep through the night, waking up at a more reasonable 8:30am. THANK YOU KASIE WEST!! Thank you Pivot Point, thank you HarperTeen. You guys have banded together to cure an almost-nocturnal bookworm. My would-have-been-skipped-because-I-was-sleeping-during-the-day classes thank you as well.The moral of the story is...Go buy this book IMMEDIATELY!! Or else I will find you. And haunt you. And hurt you. And... *ahem*.
  • (3/5)
    Addie lives on a secret compound where the inhabitants have paranormal abilities. Hers is the ability to live out two results of a decision, then return and make the choice. The characters are a little flat and the dialogue sometimes awkward but the gimmick of the two timelines is handled quite well by building up suspense while going back and forth. It's a fun read.
  • (4/5)
    Very enjoyable. I will definitely re-read it. I enjoyed the questions raised. I was not expecting the suspense and I usually hate alternating storylines but in this case, I really enjoyed it because the two storylines complemented each other and tied everything together. I ended the book longing for a sequel just so I could learn more about the Compound and the characters but this book easily stands alone and things wrap up nicely in the end if not completely happily ever after.
  • (5/5)
    You can also read this and other reviews on my blog, Mommy's Reading Break

    Pivot Point is another one of those books from HarperTeen that I heard about on Epic Reads, and I was really excited to read it. When it came in for me at the library, I was thrilled.

    Alternate universes and the like seem to be a new trend in the YA genre, and I’m loving it. I think it’s really cool to see how different choices can lead to different paths. What was cool about Pivot Point was that there was a paranormal element that led to the alternate futures. Addie lives in the Compound, a secret community of people with supernatural abilities. Addie’s ability is to be able to see the two outcomes that would occur depending on what decision she made. When her parents get divorced, she has a choice of which parent to live with, and when she Searches to make her decision, it leads to the majority of the plot and story of Pivot Point.

    I thought that the characters in Pivot Point were really great, especially with some of their abilities. Addie is a completely likable girl, and I think that her ability is one of the coolest ever. Who wouldn’t like the ability to see exactly what the outcomes would be when faced with a difficult decision? Her parents also have interesting abilities: Her mother has the power of persuasion, and her father is a human lie detector. Honestly, that wasn’t hugely developed in the story, but it definitely helped form some of the backstory to see some of why Addie is who she is. Her best friend, Laila, really is a great friend, along with the cool power to erase memories. Also, let’s not forget the fact that there are two really cool boys that Addie becomes involved with, one in each future, Trevor (the Norm) and Duke (the telekinetic).

    The chapters in Pivot Point switch off between Addie’s life with her mom in the paranormal Compound and her “Norm” life with her father. I thought it was really interesting to see the differences, but what I liked even better was on the occasions that we got to see the same event from both perspectives. Obviously, whether or not Addie is on the Compound would make a difference on how the actual events would play out, but I thought it was interesting to see that certain events would happen with either decision, and I really enjoyed the overlap.

    Throughout Pivot Point, there’s also a bit of a mystery, with the murders occurring on the Compound, and I thought that the resolution of that storyline was brilliant. I never saw it coming, not even the slightest little hint. The ending of the book was great, too. It was awesome to see how the events unfolded and what would lead Addie to make her choice, not to mention which choice she made. Most of the loose ends were tied up, so I’m not sure exactly what to expect from the sequel, since Pivot Point is supposed to be part of a series, but I can’t wait. I thought this was a great story, and I’m excited to read more! I would highly recommend Pivot Point, especially if you’re interested in parallel/alternate reality stories.
  • (2/5)

    This and other reviews can be found on Reading Between Classes

    Cover Impressions: Very nice though not particularly exciting. Love the Bokeh effect separating one reality from another. the colors are muted, but pretty.

    The Gist: Addison is a Searcher. She has the ability to pinpoint any decision and see the separate paths that would result from her choice. When her parents decide to divorce, Addie must use her power to decide whether to stay in the compound with her mother and all the other paranormal teens, or venture into the "Norm" world with her father and hide who she really is.

    Review: In Pivot Point, Kasie West weaves two plotlines together. In one reality, Addie has remained inside the compound and becomes the love interest of the popular and charming Duke - who just happens to be the quarterback of the school's football team. In the other reality she leaves for the "norm" world to live with her father and becomes the love interest of the popular and charming Trevor - who just happens to be the former quarterback of the school's football team. Despite their similarities in circumstance, the two boys are very different. While Addie's relationship with Duke is slightly unsettling and more than a little smothering, she connects with Trevor on a much deeper level and their relationship seems sweet and genuine. That being said, I did not have particularly strong feelings toward either love interest. I understand that I was meant to dislike Duke and to love Trevor - but I just couldn't be bothered to care about either one of them.

    Addie and Laila were much stronger characters. They were fun and outspoken with a real sense of self. The scenes that strongly featured the two girls were some of my favorites in the novel. I do wish that the other characters had been more than just plot carriers. Her parents and both boyfriends' friends were bland at best, predictable caricatures at worst.

    Despite the strong start in the paranormal world, Pivot Point quickly gets bogged down in the mundane. Because of the nature of the book, we only see Addie perform one search and, unfortunately, we do not see many of the other characters use their powers either. Much of the plot centers around the first steps on a new relationship on one side and the trials and tribulations of moving to a new school on the other side. In an attempt the add some drama, there was a subplot involving the intentional injuring of football players by Addie's old school. This, however, required that much of action center around football and talk of football. When this coincides with real life in which football currently invades my home for an unfathomable amount of time each week - I cannot even explain how much I do not care to read about fictional football. A little more than halfway through the book, the plot picked up and the increased action made for a much less tedious read. Despite this, I didn't feel any real sense of danger, perhaps because I knew that this was all a search and that things could be changed.

    I was a little worried that the weaving of two potential futures into one storyline would get messy and confusing, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked. The narrative flowed easily between the two streams and, once the action kicked in, the change from one timeline to another made for some stronger chapter endings and added some suspense. I especially enjoyed those moments when events would overlap in both stories, even if those were as simple as a phone call.

    In the end, I was left unsatisfied. It seemed that Addie would not have to make any real sacrifices as, when everything finally worked out, she would get the best of both worlds. I would have much preferred if both paths had tragic consequences and Addie had to find a way to prevent the worst, or choose the timeline that she felt she could live with.

    Teaching/Parental Notes:

    Age: 12 and up
    Gender: Female
    Sex: Kissing
    Violence: Knifeplay, Murder, Mind Control
    Inappropriate Language: Prick
    Substance Use/Abuse: None
  • (5/5)
    I admit I am quickly becoming a rabid Kasie West fan. Pivot Point is as close to being a perfect YA sci-fi as you could possibly hope for. I loved almost everything about it, even though the ending was hearbreaking and left me desperate to read the sequel. The premise is intriguing, and the story was as well-written and enjoyable as I hoped it was.

    Addison is such a lovable protagonist, that I strongly wished I could meet her in person and have her as my best friend. She's a rarity in today's YA: a protagonist that is as sweet as she is smart, surprisingly mature for her age, witty without being sarcastic, and just really nice in general, it was easy to see why 2 very different boys were so interested in her (and NO, there aren't any love triangles in this book).

    And speaking of boys, can I just gush about how much I loved Trevor? I mean, seriously, he was such an incredibly amazing guy, how come there aren't more love interests like him in today's YA stories? Why are most YA male leads controlling jerks rather than sweet, confident, gentlemanly guys like Trevor? I loved how he took his time getting to know Addie as a friend before dating her for real, and how loyal he was to his friends and family. It is not every day you find a love interest as perfect as he is. *sigh* Kudos to Addie for being so determined to become his friend despite his apparent lack of interest in her in the beginning, LOL.

    I also liked Duke, Addie's other love interest, though I'm sure you can tell by now who the better choice was for me (no spoilers, though). The way things get resolved in the end was really sad, but very well done, and it left me anxious to read the sequel. The sci-fi aspect of the book was also very well done, although it left me wanting to know more about Addie's ability. The way the story jumps between the 2 very different scenarios in Addie's life was confusing at first, but I quickly got used to it. I loved how certain characters appeared in Addie's life in very different circumstances.

    Anyway, don't miss this book if you can!

  • (5/5)
    I couldn't stop reading! It's really damn good
  • (5/5)
    Loved the authors style! Great book!!
  • (5/5)
    They better put the second one in here or else I'm gonna die from the tension and suspicion. I loooove it!!??
  • (5/5)
  • (5/5)
    OH WOW!!! This book was truly amazing and it was very refreshing to read something so different. When I read the blurb and even after starting it I still wasn't sure how the author would portray the concept. I really loved the way she handled it, I was always excited to see what's going on in Addison's life now.

    I loved Ms. West's storytelling and seeing her character's grow as well as their world. Addison was an awesome protagonist, she was outspoken, entertaining and kinda weird with her trust issues. Maybe it had something to do with her parents, I think their abilities messed her up a bit, or maybe it was just her world. It all seemed so fake to me, I couldn't get over that. I thought that maybe I should just get over it because it's a paranormal book about people with abilities but something just didn't sit well about their reality.

    Their abilities were so cool, probably because they were shown from a different point of view when it comes to their environment and the plot of this particular story. At the same time I kind of had this sense of wrongness about the people living on the compound as it was called, where the people with abilities live as oppose to the norm world where the non-abilities people live. I thought it was just me but in the end there was some basis to my feelings.

    This concept was definitely new for me and I am truly glad I read this. I was pretty much anxious the entire book not knowing what was going to happen next and what future will Addison choose to take. I was on pins on needles to the very end. I was sad and relieved at the same time, I mean a choice between two futures, who wouldn't be? I felt like I too had a big stake in the outcome of Addison's choice. I was completely connected with the story and it's characters. Pivot Point was wonderful and unique.
  • (5/5)
    So, one of the groups I am in on Goodreads, Book BFFs, which is a group that started during Bout of Books 7.0, does a book of the month every month. The pick for August was this book. I can't usually do these because my book buying budget has pretty much gone the way of the dodo bird a lot of the time with school starting and all, but since this was on sale for 1.99 for Kindle, I was able to get it and participate.

    The first two weeks, I did good about following along with the scheduled chapters. But then, I just couldn't anymore. I got to chapter 20 and I had to keep going. I had to know what happened. Let me tell you, folks, I read from chapter 20 to the end in about 3 hours, in one sitting.

    The story is laid out so uniquely that you just have to keep reading. You feel compelled to know how it will turn out and which path Addie is going to take. I will admit I had hoped it would turn out differently.

    The writing is smooth and it feels as though it was almost effortless. While I had trouble focusing with the two different paths and the way it was laid out in the beginning, it soon became much less of a problem and I was able to fall into the words in the story. There were plenty of moments where I wanted to shake a few of the characters, rather violently. There were moments where the story brought tears to my eyes for various reasons, and I felt as though I was experiencing everything with them.

    I find myself insanely frustrated now because I will have to wait until February (!!!) to see what happens next.
  • (4/5)
    This was an excellent story that followed two possible futures of the main character Addison. I feared the two futures would make the story hard to follow but this was not the case. Each future was interesting and engaging and the ties between them were a nice touch. The ending was a bit emotional but perfect for Addison's character.
  • (4/5)
    One word to describe this book: Unputdownable.

    Just wow. This has got to be one of the most intense book I've ever read. I flipped through the pages so fast like I'm running for my life! It was not perfect but it was seriously flippin' good!

    Full review to come.
  • (5/5)
    Wow this book was awesome! Although I felt that the writing could have been more sophisticated, the story was so original and captivating. Thee structure was so different from anything I've read before, but this book was not confusing at all. The details were well though out and they really made me think about everything that happened. I love Addie and the romance in this novel, and I need to read the sequel soon because I have to know what happens next!My Goodreads: fantasticalcatherine
  • (5/5)
    I don't know why, but I pre ordered this book 3 months before it came out, and I am so glad I did. Pivot Point glues you to it's pages, and I finished it in one night.

    The book starts out very quickly. Addie comes home from her supernatural school to hear the news that her parents are getting a divorce. Her mom is staying in the Compound, while her dad is moving to the normal world. Addie has to pick who to live with.

    She calls her best friend over and, to help decide, uses her powers as a searcher to see both paths in the future. There is no dragging whatsoever in the beginning. You get a quick introduction, and then into the action. Just the way that keeps the audience interested in the book.

    One path, the one with her dad outside the compound, shows Addie adjusting to "normal" high school. She finds friends, one of which, Trevor, could be more of a friend. Addie learns valuable lessons about life outside her supernatural community.

    When with her mom, Addie hangs out with her best friend and a famous school football player, Duke. The paths intertwine, in each you'll earn unique information about a mystery. Another enjoyable aspect in the book. Each path also has it's consequences and perks. Very true to real life.

    Addie is a very relatable heroine. She is nice, realistic, and unique. I especially think book lovers will love and understand her. Her best friend, Laila, is a pretty cool character too. She is funny and supportive, although in some ways she is very alike other best friends in YA.

    The whole Compound idea is very interesting and fun to read about, each person has a power or ability. There are so many cool ideas the author throws into the book, human lie detectors, telekinetics, perceptives, mood controllers, and more. And the world created seems like a regular teens world, with the normal drama, only with a supernatural twist!

    Overall, I would recommend this to all supernatural lovers. The characters were deep and the plot and writing was addictive. Pivot Point is a great read!

    5/5 bookcases
    I can't wait to read Kasie West's next novel, The Distance Between Us!
  • (4/5)
    Ever had to make a tough decision? Wish you could see both paths before deciding? That is exactly what Pivot Point's protag, Addie, can do thanks to her gift of divergence. In Pivot Point we are first introduced to Addie in a hidden compound where gifted folks live. They have these crazy mind abilities like persuasion, telepathy and telekinesis, just to name a few. When her parents decide to divorce she must choose between living with her mom in the hidden town or going with her dad and living with the "norms" (people like you and I). So of course she uses her ability to see which choice is best, but nothing could have prepared her for what happens during her "search".I loved that the story was told while Addie was in search mode, alternating each chapter between life with her mom and life out in the normal world with her dad. I was really impressed with the pacing and how the author kept the alternating story lines from getting jumbled. The world building in Pivot Point was top notch. Both main and secondary characters were well developed. The author really did a stunning job. The ending was absolutely fabulous, although somewhat predictable. I knew what was coming, but the author's ability to wrap up the story so seamlessly left me wowed.I'm so excited to see more sci-fi hitting the shelves of the YA section and can't wait to read the next book in this series! Even if you don't consider yourself a fan of sci-fi I highly suggest giving Pivot Point a try. I don't think it will disappoint.
  • (5/5)
    this was an AMAZING novel!
  • (5/5)
    This will be short, because honestly - if I start spewing information about the story, there would be no point left in reading it.

    Imagine a world where everybody lives their lives, school, college, work, whatever. Only there are cities/compounds masked by illusion so that "normal" people can't see them or know about them. The "special" people live in these compounds are psychologically advanced. They have abilities and many of their everyday functions are done using their brains.

    Addison is one. When faced with a decision, she can project and see the two possible outcomes and based on that - decide which path to choose.

    She's faced with a big decision, who to live with, when her parents decide to get a divorce. Stay with her mother at the compound, or leave with her father to live in the "normal" world.

    Imagine also, that there are two boys. Both exist in each path, but in what capacity?

    I was a little, ok, a lot confused for about 20% of the book and then things started making sense, kind of. But when you get to the last part? Oh boy, I almost fell off my couch was so tight with tension. I need the 2nd book.... yesterday.

    Not going to include quotes in this one. You should enjoy the swoons as you read. But trust me - there are swoons.
  • (4/5)
    Pivot Point was a fun contemporary sci-fi read! This one was worth staying up until 2am for, and left me feeling giddy and happy. Addison comes from a place called the Compound where everyone has a specific ability of the mind, such as Mood Controller (controls emotions) or Telekinetic (moves objects with mind) or Eraser (erases memories). Addie's ability is a unique one called Divergence, which is when faced with a decision, she can see both paths into the future. When her parents get divorced she has to choose whether to go with her father and leave the Compound to live among the "Norms," or whether to stay at the Compound with her mother. As she "Searches" each path, she finds that each one brings something different. The author weaves 2 paths together very well, kind of like of the movie "Sliding Doors." And if you thought that having a power like this would make any decision easy, think again. Highly recommend this novel for anyone looking for a solid, fun read.
  • (4/5)
    This is a really fun Sliding Doors-style story with the additional fun of the protagonist's being a resident of a secret, hidden town in Texas where everyone has super powers.

    The author uses a really cool device to let us know which of the two possible futures we are in by starting each chapter with the definition of a word containing either "Norm" or "Para." It's a nice, subtle way to ease you into the switch. Much better than the jarring method of putting one name or word at the beginning of the chapter, as most books with separate narratives or narrators do.

    The only thing that really bothered me was the story logic on a really basic level: While viewing the future, Addie learns some pretty important stuff--like the identity of a MURDERER. In theory, she should be able to tell people the important things--such as THE IDENTITY OF THE MURDERER--but the author dismisses this by saying that one person can't actually do much of anything to change the future. NOT that it's not possible or legal or whatever for Addie to tell people what happened, but that one person can't change things that much. But if it's true that one person can't change the future with her actions, why is Addie faced with two completely opposite futures based on one decision? You can't really have it both ways, you know? It kind of bums me out that the author basically negated the entire plot with one silly little sentence.

    Don't get me wrong, I loved the book, and I'm mad excited about reading the sequel, but grrr logic holes.
  • (4/5)
    Entertaining and thought-provoking. I'm glad to see that this will be a series, but I wish the last chapter had been postponed until the next book so that the real story could be given more detail. I feel like the ending was just thrown in there at the last moment so that there would be a conclusion.