Thursday, November 21, 2013

Pivot Point [Book Review]

#1 in Pivot Point series
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by HarperTeen
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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.

My Thoughts:
Pivot Point is a beyond-five star read for me this year and probably of all-time.

I loved all of characters in the beginning, but slowly started to get distrustful as the book went on. Pivot Point starts out in a community full of paranormals. There are people who are telepaths, human lie detectors, emotion influencers, and then rare paras, like Addie, who can Search the timeline of a decision before it happens. Addie's parents are getting a divorce and her father is moving to the "Norm world" and Addie has to make the decision to stay with her mom in the Para community or live with her father on the outside in the Norm world. She decides to Search each path for 6 weeks.

From there on out, the chapters switch back and forth between the Norm world and the Para world.

The love interests aren't really a love triangle as it is two separate timelines that haven't actually happened. In the Para world, you have a Telepath football star, Duke, who is cocky and popular, and trying to vie for Addie's attention. In the Norm world, you have probably the very best male love interest in the whole entirety of the YA genre, Trevor. I didn't NOT like Duke in the beginning, but for me, Trevor was it. He was perfection from the get-go and remained amazing throughout the whole book.

Add in a dangerous drug dealer that is involved in Addie's life through both her father (a lie detector investigating him as a murder suspect) and her best friend (whose father is an addict) - and some unfair and suspicious sporting event outcomes - and you have this incredibly in depth, detailed, complex story that will draw you in and keep you interested far beyond the end of book 1. I still cannot get over how incredible this book was/is.

Extra thoughts:
-From the two realities, I'd probably go with Norm. The Para is cool, but I don't know if I could deal with having a power myself (like how Telepaths go slowly insane) or having Perceptives change my reality.
-Brody is the cutest character of all-time.
-Stephanie is a bitch. I would censor myself, but I just can't there. She makes me want to rage her face with my fist.
-This is such a heartbreaking ending and I wish Addie would've picked differently. RAWR. I am so excited for Split Second.

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