Pivot Point by Kasie WestPivot Point by Kasie West

Pivot Point

byKasie West

Paperback | December 31, 2013

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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.

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.
Title:Pivot PointFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:December 31, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006211736X

ISBN - 13:9780062117366


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing read! one of my all time favourites! I relate to the characters and thought the plot was amazing and kept me on it's hook!
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good concept, little lacking in execution Love the idea of this book, a little lacking in practice. Didn't really feel the characters
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting book The plot kept me interested although I found the characters hard to relate to.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yaaas I loved this book. This was my first ever Kasie West book and it's different from most of her other contemporary books but I still love it.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Really A Fan Here is an example of a great concept and not so great execution. And I think most of my problem with it was the slut-shaming and pettiness that occurred, as well as the fact that the entire fringe science fiction was just a back drop for the romance. First of all, I thought that the explanation of the parallel universes was on point and made so much sense. It does take a couple reads to understand some of it because it gets pretty technical, but it has such a fascinating idea. And I think it is completely wasted. I wanted to have more of this science fiction and have Abby research the idea of parallel universes and what it meant for her Hollywood life, but nope. Once it was explained the story detoured to us living life with Abby at Yale. Which wouldn't have been so bad if Abby hadn't been a horrible person. Abby was petty and mean, but she still should have had more to her story than which brother she would choose. Come on. She had so much going for her in her Hollywood life: she literally took one drama course, starred in one play, and was given a Hollywood movie role. But her and her friend Caitlin were so rude to Ilana for no reason? They were almost more mean to her than she was to them. They insulted her at every turn and it made me really uncomfortable reading it. The pettiness of the both of them in high school and in college made me want to stab my eyes out of my sockets. And the reasoning behind them was so stupid. But I liked that both Abby and her parallel twin were connected through their actions. I just wish I knew what happened to the Hollywood Abby's subconscious while she was at Yale. It went semi-unexplained. Were we to assume that her path was what Kirby experienced while Abby was at Yale? I would have liked to see more of Abby trying to get back to her life than Abby living day to day and just doing her parallel life as if nothing out of the ordinary was going on. I really didn't like either of the brothers and I thought it was stupid to put so much focus on them. I thought that Abby and Michael had a bad relationship and something about him made me feel ... weird. Like I got this vibe from his characterization that he was using Abby or something. Josh seemed fine but we also only got bits and pieces of him. But he was written as though he really loved Abby. Okay I think I figured it out. Michael was written as if he didn't care about Abby; Josh was written as if Abby was a Queen and he worshipped her. It made me as a reader feel like I had to choose one over the other instead of writing them in a way that made you fall in love for both and want Abby to figure out a way to be with both. Instead I just wanted her to not choose either. Overall: 2.5/5 stars for this one. I also wasn't a fan of Pivot Point so maybe it is that too but it just wasn't as great as it could be. It needed more science fiction and less romance.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read! Loved it!! Refreshing and different. Great writing style as well!
Date published: 2014-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pivot Point Amazing perspective for her two different choices. The ending was so sad! I would've chosen Trevor in the end though even if her friend had to die.
Date published: 2014-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Idea! Kasie West is a fantastic author. HER IDEAS ARE SPECTACULAR. LIKE OMG. HOW HOW HOW?!! The plot was full of twists and I just adored the whole idea! Full review coming soon.
Date published: 2014-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intelligent, Witty Characters and a Fantastic Concept! One of the first parallel universe books I’ve ever read, Pivot Point has made me an immediate fan of the genre! With intelligent and witty characters, simple, but well thought-out world-building, and a fantastic concept, Pivot Point was a page-turner from the first few chapters! My biggest fear going in to Pivot Point was how complicated it was going to have to be, for me to learn not only about two completely different futures, but about a whole new world where people possess those kinds of powers! Fortunately, Pivot Point is set in modern-day USA so the basis for West’s world-building was one I could easily believe in. The Compound where the Paranormals lived was described loosely, but in enough detail that I really didn’t need to probe further, and the bits and pieces that were dropped throughout Pivot Point helped to build a relatively complete picture of Addie’s society. While I know there were definitely a few details that nagged at me periodically, I enjoyed everything else Pivot Point offered so much, that any minor grumbles I had towards the world-building have been promptly forgotten. One of my favourite parts of Pivot Point was the parallels between Addie’s two possible futures. Alternating between possible futures with every chapter, I was really impressed by how smoothly the same topics were covered in both worlds, but how each situation was manipulated to fit the future Addie was searching. So while future Addie who lived with her father learned about the mysterious football accidents from her new friend Rowan and his conspiracy theories, future Addie who lived with her mother learned about the same mysterious football accidents, around the same point in the timeline, by overhearing a conversation between Duke and his football friends. I really enjoyed seeing how the outcomes for various situations could be so similar when Addie was making such drastically different choices! Even now, I keep pausing to think about the genius of it all! But easily, my favourite part of Pivot Point was it’s characters. Addie was an absolute treat as a narrator; she could be awkward, but in an endearing way where she called herself out on being so awkward, and then was usually able to laugh it off. Her sense of humour was contagious; I often found myself laughing right along side her. Her love of fiction spoke to my soul, and I now wish to cover my walls with my favourite passages from my favourite books just like she did. And her flirtatiousness! Whether she was actually naive or just completely shameless, Addie wasn’t afraid to be forward. She had her moments of self-consciousness and her moments of denial, but those moments just made her seem more…real. I adored Trevor! He fell for Addie’s personality and, without knowing it, he solidified her belief that she had worth outside of her ability. No insta-love here! Damaged goods, Trevor had his own battles to fight when it came to self-pity, but he always managed to put on a brave face for his friends. Fortunately, Addie saw right through his fake smiles and found out who he truly was, showing him that he had worth outside of his talents in football. Laila was spunky and just an overall great best friend. She helped Addie through every moment, whether it be in person or over the phone, showing us all how important it can be to have a best friend to rely on. I loved that West didn’t use Laila as a convenient plot point; their friendship felt genuine. The same thing can be said of Addie’s relationship with her parents: while it was far from perfect, it felt genuine. And it was so refreshing to see a set of parents as present in their young teen’s life as Addie’s parents. No disappearing parent syndrome here! And then there’s Duke. I flip-flopped about my feelings for Duke for almost the entirety of Pivot Point. One minute I was convinced by his charm and sincerity, the next I was mistrustful as he was seemingly caught in a lie. He took my emotions on a roller coaster and I enjoyed every minute of the ride! His relationship with Addie was a little rushed, but I got so swept up in their excitement that I mostly didn’t even notice. I’m not sure if it’s come across well, but books like Pivot Point are the reason I love YA so much; my emotions were put through the ringer and I couldn’t be happier about it! I enjoyed EVERYTHING; from the characters, to the world-building, to the concept, it was all fantastic! If you haven’t read Pivot Point yet, I’ve only got two words for you: why not?!
Date published: 2014-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put this down! Ah Pivot Point where do I even begin. I have a feeling this will be a short review because I just loved everything about this book. The premise itself is so original, and  it is executed wonderfully. The storyline is captivating, the world is intriguing and above all the characters are multi dimensional and very likeable.  Our main character is Addison (Addie) for short and she is the queen of snark. She is an incredibly strong character, funny, moral and just all around has a very easy perspective to read from. What's interesting about Addie is that she lives in the Compound for humans with advanced mental abilities. I believe they are called "Para's" and the normal humans like you and I are the "Norms". Members of this compound each have unique abilities like Telekinesis, Clairvoyance, Mass Manipulation and many more. Addie's ability is unique for she is a Searcher. When faced with a decision Addie has the ability to "search" either path that she could take. These searches, though in reality only take a few minutes, feel just like real life for her and sometimes she will even search through weeks or months. In Pivot Point, Addie is faced with deciding with which parent she wishes to live with as her parents are going through a divorce.  This book had a very interesting chapter style as we alternated between the two choices that Addie could have chosen and we see things through her search. In one version of reality she is dating a quarterback, the King of the school, and in the second she enters the Norm world with her father. Oh and there's a murder mystery thrown in there as well. If that's not a premise that intrigues than you must have seen some crazy stuff my friend because I just could not put this book down.  Kasie West's writing is just what I enjoy. It is infused with dry humour and snark which are basically the only two things I need in a book to be happy. Oh and did I mention the swoon worthy boys? Let me say it now... THESE BOYS, oh man these boys induce much swooning. Trevor has got to be one of the nicest and most down to earth guys I have read about in YA literature. Besides the beyond cute boys, I also very much enjoyed the friendship between Laila and Addie. I know that in Split Second (the sequel) we get chapters from Laila's point of view and oh boy am I excited. She was also snarky and hilarious.. can you tell I love funny characters? I do, I do, I really do.  This book was all around fantastic. It kept me guessing the entire time and I DID NOT SEE THAT ENDING COMING. WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT. WHAT WAS THAT. I don't know if I would call the end a cliffhanger, but oh my gosh that plot twist blew my mind. All in all this was a very easy 5 stars for me to give and I cannot wait for the next one! I highly recommend this :D
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good story! Addison has the ability two possible outcomes whenever she's faced with a decision. Being Divergent in nature, her decision will affect her entire life when her parents decide to get divorced. Using her power, she loves out the next six weeks, living with her dad in the Normal human world and another living with her mother back in the Compound, where everyone has a paranormal ability. I found this concept fascinating. Having friends and family and classmates that all have different abilities sounds so crazy and definitely not boring. Classes in school are all concentrated on honing the abilities and I also loved the technology that was a bit more advanced than our current state. While the dilemma had a nice plot line going, I also thought that the huge mystery surrounding her father's line of work would be a sub plot. I felt a little off reading Addie's teenage woes than ever. It didn't add up at all, and I felt the ending was thrown in the end rather too quickly. I did enjoy the alternative worlds and point of views, even though there was a lot of back and forth. As for characters, I liked Addie enough. She had good sense and a likeable personality. Her decisions didn't seem to make sense at all whenever she was around Duke, but that's answered in the end. As for love interests, I'm on Team Trevor. He's so kind and thoughtful and a wonderful big brother. That just kills me. He's the nice guy that you can count on and I'm glad Addie found him. Overall, a wonderful read minus its hiccups. I'm still interested enough in Pivot Point's series to keep reading.
Date published: 2013-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Much Fun I absolutely love books/movies that involve dual realities, parallel universes and so on. So when I saw that Amber from Books of Amber (again) mentioned Kasie West's debut debut Pivot Point, I was pretty intrigued. Therefore, when she raved about the book and how much she enjoyed it, I was pretty thrilled and knew that I needed to read it immediately. I was pretty excited when my local library had in in stock (I did have to wait a couple weeks, but it was well worth it). I was thrilled with Pivot Point and for the first time ever I wanted the second book immediately after finishing this one. Generally I don't like to complete a series all at one time.When I do this I find that I get tired of the same writing style and the characters. Not the case here. I am pretty eager for the second book in this series- even though Pivot Point didn't end on a cliff hanger- it was just that good. I thought the story was so much fun and I am very curious about what's going to happen to Addie and ... As mentioned above, Pivot Point is told form two of Addie's realities. So the chapters alternate between reality A and reality B- one chapter is option A the other option B. For some this aspect of the story would be a problem. But in this case I thought it was brilliant. You got to see that parallels between the scenarios. It was a lot of fun. You could see where they would connect (in a way). I loved this about West's writing. It was well laid out and not confusing. Addie was awesome- she was an absolutely fantastic female protagonist. I am not sure how long it's been since I have loved a female character as much as I loved Addie, she was the perfect mix of independence and knowing when to ask for help. She was kick ass and intelligent. I really enjoyed everything about her. I also really liked Addie's dad. I have said this before and I am sure I will say it again. I am always so confused at the absence of the parental units in the majority of YA books. This is was not the case in Pivot Point. Addie's parents were definitely a feature of the novel and her dad was pretty cool. He also cared for his daughter and their bond was evident in the story. It wasn't hokey or heavy by any means, just something I appreciated. There is a love interest in both of Addie's realities and I absolutely favoured one over the other, and in the end it all made sense. But throughout the whole story I was curious as to who she was going to chose. But do not fret. This is in NO WAY a love triangle. Not at all. Over all Pivot Point was a blinking fantastic debut, and I think you should all go read it. You will not be disappointed. You won't want to put it down.
Date published: 2013-05-06

Editorial Reviews

“West has created an intricately woven story of two possible futures. This debut novel…is a welcome change.”