Pivot Point by Kasie West is the first book in a duology that is inspired by Sliding Doors. The story follows a girl named Addison who has the ability to “Search” the future when she’s faced with a choice so she can determine which path is the best to follow but as the description so perfectly states “knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice any easier.” Usually when anyone so much as mentions sports my eyes tend to glaze over and I’m immediately afflicted with the inability to process anything that’s being said to me. Had I known that Pivot Point would have a subplot so heavily focused on football I never would have read it so I couldn’t be happier that I went into this story blind because Pivot Point is absolutely a new favorite of mine. I had such an enjoyable reading experience and it’s one of few books that have actually kept me not only up but also completely awake past my bedtime because the plot is so exciting.
Our main character Addison lives in a Compound with her parents for people who have special abilities. Everyone in the compound has an ability and there are very strict rules about leaving as well as the degree to which any underage person may use their ability since they aren’t fully grown yet. Naturally, most teens view this as nothing more than a rule set in place by adults who want to maintain control over them. Addison’s power involves Searching which allows her to see two possible paths when she has to make a choice and her best friend Laila can erase memories. In the beginning of the novel, Addison’s parents announce that they’re getting a divorce and Addison has to chose whether to stay in the Compound with her overbearing mother or leave and set out into the Norm world with her lie detector father. They tell her to use her ability to see where she’ll be the happiest and from then on the novel is told in alternating chapters (one in the Norm world and one in the Compound) so Addie can make an informed decision. The events of the timelines in each future would be happening simultaneously and there are several parallels between both futures that enhance the reader’s interest in both timelines. I honestly loved the story for each path and I never wanted to read one more than the other. Despite the multiple plot lines, Pivot Point is easy to follow an each subplot feels just as important as the main story.
Like me, Addie is a bookworm and she has zero interest in sports so because football is a huge component of both timelines, it was easier to read about through the eyes of someone with similar feelings. In one timeline, Addie develops a strong bond with Trevor, a former rising football star who’s injury has kept him out of the game while in the other, Addie dates Duke, the charming and talented quarterback. Despite the love interests, the relationship Addison values most is the one with her best friend Laila. Laila has a difficult home life and she’s much more outgoing and outspoken than Addie. Their personalities perfectly compliment one another and even in the timeline where Addie leaves the Compound, Laila plays a huge part in her future. Everyone in the story, even the parents, are multidimensional with their own unique set of shining qualities and flaws. It’s easy to care for each of them and with every page the reader will feel more invested in their story.
Final Thoughts: Pivot Point by Kasie West is easily a new all time favorite of mine. The story is a fun mix of the contemporary genre and superheroes. It follows a girl named Addison who is using her ability to Search the future in order to make an important choice and the chapter’s in the book alternate between the two possible timelines. Because Addison is the focal point of each story, the simultaneous future timelines are interconnected beautifully. The characters will steal your heart from the beginning and as you near the climax you’ll be unable to let go of the book between your audible gasps. I truly think everyone should read this book!
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. (via Goodreads)