Publisher: HarperTeen (February 12th 2013)
Series: Pivot Point #1
Hardcover: 343 pages
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Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
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.
After reading and loving Kasie West’s The Distance Between Us, I knew I had to reread Pivot Point at some point. I was disappointed that I didn’t like Pivot Point the first time around. The first time I read Pivot Point I was thoroughly confused. Why doesn’t Addie know Trevor in one chapter and not the other? Yeah, it gave me a headache and I didn’t enjoy it too well. Then, when I reread this book (because I got Split Second) it started to make more sense. It’s like an episode of Once Upon a Time (if you think about it). The author flip flops back and forth between two possible outcomes. Addie has an ability that lets her Search. She’s a Divergence (no, not exactly the same as Divergent by Veronica Roth) despite the fact that she’s mislabeled as a clairvoyant. After her parents decides to get a divorce she Searches for two possible outcomes: a life with her dad (who has the ability to detect a lie) or a life with her mother (who has the ability to persuade). Who is better? Personally if I had to choose, I’d choose to go with Addie’s dad because sometimes it is easier to admit the truth than when people forces you to do something that you don’t want to. Anyhow, this is the point where things get a little confusing. The scene switches between these outcomes, but it’s much easier to keep track if this is Trevor’s chapter or Duke’s chapter. Eventually the two guys do meet, but Addie is either dating Duke or is BFF’s with Trevor, which is how I tell the chapter apart.
I liked Addie. She was level headed and a bookworm, one that I can relate to despite her abilities. She uses her abilities for good, not for evil. Within the two possible searches she is pursued by two guys: the artistic once football star Trevor and the ever popular jock Duke. I wasn’t too crazy about football as I’m not a football fan like Addie, it was interesting when she and Duke’s path crossed in her Search on Trevor and vice versa. While I wasn’t too crazy about the love triangle that played out, Trevor was instantly likable. I mean he draws and has an adorable little brother, Brody, who takes a liking to Addie after she tells him that she reads comics. Trevor was sweet whereas Duke, right from the time Addie meets him, is a jerk although I can’t deny that I did sort of swoon over Duke. One of my favorite scenes was Trevor putting a zombie calling card into the Dickens’ novel that Addie was reading. Anyways, I also liked Addie’s other BFF, Laila. She’s definitely Addie’s opposite – outgoing and drags the introverted Addie out. There are times that I found Laila a little too forceful. Addie decision with her Search concerns her – not her dad or her mom, even though Laila betrays Addie at the end.
Overall, I loved Pivot Point. Even though this book is another one of those sci-fi novels where the characters have some kind of super special abilities, I like how the problem isn’t catastrophic in the sense that we-must-save-the-world-with-our powers-or-else-we-perish. This book deals with normal problems that teens can relate to – super powers or not. I couldn’t care less about football, but it was engaging to see what would happen when their worlds do collide.
He must sense that too, or maybe it’s my longing gaze at the book, because he says, “You can come back later. My bookcase is all yours.”
I walk towards the door. “I’ve just decided those are my favorite five words in the world” (P190).