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Gr 8 Up-Growing up in Compound, a secret facility where people with paranormal abilities reside, Addison Coleman knows no other life until her parents divorce and she has to decide whether to stay with her mother in Compound or move to Texas with her father and live in a world filled with Normals. Addison's talent is that of a Divergent, the ability to see into the future and determine which path she should take. With the help of her best friend, she looks forward six weeks and uncovers not only the chance of finding love in both futures, but also the possibility that danger, secrets, and obsession may destroy the lives of those she cares about the most. West has created an intricately woven story of two possible futures, with chapters that alternate between Addie's choices-to stay or to leave. Initially, the two plotlines are fairly divergent, but as the climax builds, the characters and stories begin to merge and the two worlds overlap. This debut novel, while not breaking new ground in the popular field of paranormal teen fiction, will appeal to those who enjoy the genre, and it is a welcome change from vampires and zombies. It will appeal to readers who enjoyed Libba Bray's The Diviners (Little, Brown, 2012) and Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall (HarperCollins, 2010).-Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AKα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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What would happen if you could see into the future and then choose the better of two options? Addie Coleman has this ability. She is a Searcher living in the Compound, the southern Texas home of the most gifted individuals in the country. When her parents decide to divorce, with her mother staying in the Compound, and her father opting to live in the normal world, she decides to use her ability to help her choose with whom to live. In alternating chapters, West lays out each scenario. In one Addie stays in the Compound and falls in love with Duke Rivers, the star quarterback. In the other she lives in the normal world with her father and again falls in love, but this time with Trevor, also a quarterback, who has been intentionally injured by Compound players. Obviously, it’s a difficult choice, but one she must make. West takes a rather predictable yet intriguing premise and infuses it with a conclusion that will surprise and please the romantic teen reader. Grades 7-10, --Frances Bradburn

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Product Details

  • Series: Pivot Point (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; First Edition edition (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062117378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062117373
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By JLW VINE VOICE on February 1, 2013
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Pivot Point is a unique novel. What would you do if you could look into your future? How could you live with the things you would find out about others and yourself? This novel was a roller coaster ride to the very end. I have not laughed and cried in one book in a very long time. I have to admit, I was worried about getting annoyed with the alternate chapters, one for each choice, but I loved it. With the chapters alternating, I was in even more of a hurry to read and keep reading. The mystery behind this story was great, and I honestly did not see it coming. The ending was so heartbreaking, yet wonderful, that I literally got tears in my eyes. Our heroine is strong, beautiful yet totally relatable. I wanted to be her friend so that I could laugh at her witty banter, and the love interest in this is so sweet, sigh.

What can I say? I can not stop gushing about this novel. In a sea of YA fiction, this is a keeper. Love, sacrifice, self image, and hard choices are eloquently examined in this uniquely wonderful novel. With creepy villains and lovable side characters, this is a must read for any lover of YA fiction.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Sabatini on February 12, 2013
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I'll be honest. Most of the time I know what's going to happen in a book. Maybe not the smallest details, but the big picture is usually there--I'm a good predictor. If the writing is really good--and most of the time it is--it doesn't take away from my enjoyment of the story. But from time to time, I like it when I'm stumped, frantic and half-crazed, wondering where this novel is going to end. PIVOT POINT by Kasie West took me there and I loved it!!!

Addison Coleman's life is one big "What if" and I was immediately fascinated by this and what it meant for the story line, but also because it is a life concept that has always intrigued me. Have you ever had that urge to take one road and found a way to talk yourself out of it, only to end up stuck in traffic wishing you had listened to your instinct? Addie has the ability to look down both of those roads and decide which one has the better outcome. BUT...knowing both paths doesn't necessarily make choosing any easier. In fact, sometimes being cognizant is even harder. PIVOT POINT had me on the edge of my seat trying figure out how it was going to end. Without giving any spoilers--I'll tell you it ended perfectly--with the proper balance of satisfaction and anticipation for the next book. I LOVED this book and it still has me thinking!!!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Seirra Poirier on February 12, 2013
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A review copy was provided for an honest review. Pivot Point first caught my attention with its gorgeous cover. After I read the synopsis I knew this was going to be a wonderful read and it was that and so much more! I could hardly turn the pages fast enough (on my Kindle device of course!); I was allured from the very beginning. The story's concept is just so creative and fascinating. The main character Addie has an incredible ability and the whole story just revolves around that and it's brilliant. Time-travel is one of my favorite ideas to read about so I was itching for a new book and Pivot Point essentially explores the what-if scenario.

If you had a life altering decision to make wouldn't you want to know both outcomes before you made it? That's what Addison Coleman can do--she can see her own two possible futures and live through them as if they're real before making a decision which bares both its benefits and consequences. Her mental power as a Searcher is only useful to herself and she finds she needs it most when her parents shock her with the news that there getting divorced and she has to choose between who she wants to live with--her mom or her dad. While searching these two paths Addison finds out both choices lead to greatly unexpected outcomes which includes both love and loss.

Addie lives in a paranormal advanced community of people who have higher functioning brains that gives them amazing mind abilities normal humans don't possess. The real world knows nothing of these sophisticated beings and that's the way it has to remain--until Addie's father decides to move into Norm-society where there are no abilities. While Addie's mother chooses to remain living in the secretive civilization known as the Compound.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Dewey TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 19, 2013
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If you love both Twilight and the X-men, then stop reading this review and get this book now.

If you didn't like Twilight, then you probably won't like this book. The writing isn't nearly as bad as Stephenie Meyer's book, but it does follow a lot of the same formula and it has a lot of the same flaws as that vampire tale. And a plus for the fans of Jacob in Twilight, the Jacob character in this book (Trevor) has much more of a chance with Addison than Jacob ever did with Bella.

I was so excited for this book before I ordered it. It's got such a cool premise. Addison has this cool ability, called Searching, where when she's faced with a decision, she can see the future of both decisions in a kind of vision that feels real to her. So, I got this book just because of that premise, and started reading without knowing anything else about it.

I was so disappointed.

First, it's set in an X-men like universe, where all of the X-men, called Paranormals, have all moved to a town that they call The Compound, that some of the Paranormals are able to disguise as a mountain. Most Paranormals live their whole lives in The Compound, and there are only occasional visits outside, such as away football games and trips to Disneyland.

Just like X-men, everybody has a different ability, so keeping track of all of the different abilities with the different people is hard.

The reason I was disappointed that this book was an X-men clone is that I was really excited for this story to really delve into the future-sight ability of Addison, instead of being muddied with trying to tell the story of so many different abilities.

The writing was pretty bad, as I had mentioned. I had a hard time believing that Addison was an actual kid.
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