Pivot Point

Pivot Point

Pivot Point

by Kasie West

Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: February 12th 2013
by HarperTeen




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. 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.


In a world where originality in books is almost impossible to find, Kasie West’s Pivot Point was a nice surprise. It’s unique in a way that most young adult novels are not; with a fair share of romance, action and mystery to go along with it. While, in an ideal world I would have liked just a touch more development within the world West created, I engrossed myself in Addie’s story despite the minor flaws.

Hidden away lies a top-secret community: one where all the residents have paranormal powers. These powers can range from telekinesis to the ability to detect lies, and everything inbetween. These residents spend their whole lives fine-tuning and utilizing their powers, while staying hidden from the “Norms” – those without powers.

Addie Coleman is one of these residents. Her power is a rare and handy one – the ability to, when faced with a choice, look into the future and see both outcomes. When her parents announce they’re getting a divorce, Addie must use her power to decide which parent she wants to live with. But how does she choose when both choices will lead her only to heartbreak in the end?

If anything, I would have preferred a little more development in the world West created. We’re told about this community where all the residents have these unique paranormal abilities, but we’re not told anything else, which left me with a lot of questions:

  • Does the government know about this compound?
  • How did these super-powers originate in the first place?
  • What – genetically – makes those in the Compound have super-powers, and not anyone else?
  • How is life in the Compound different from life in a “Norm” world?

Kasie West had so many directions she could have taken this unique world, but, in my opinion, she didn’t really give it the focus it deserved. Especially with a premise like this one, it was a bit disappointing to see how all these creative world-building possibilities were thrown away.


Despite the lack of world-building, I did like Pivot Point quite a bit; and am definitely contemplating reading the sequel. The romance is well-written, the mystery is intriguing (if not a bit predictable), and the plot is creative and like nothing I’ve ever read before.


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