Pivot Point is a fast-paced page turner
By Amy Colegrove, BCPL youth services specialist
Although Pivot Point is considered a young adult novel, the book definitely deals with some grownup themes. Author Kasie West paints a picture of a teenage protagonist who must learn at an early age the difficulty of decision – and foresight.
The story is about a teenage girl named Addison Coleman, who lives on a paranormal compound with her parents. She is known as a “searcher,” or an ultra-gifted clairvoyant. Whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she is able to look into the future and see both outcomes. When her parents tell her that they are getting a divorce and she must choose which parent she will live with, seeing into the future has never been so more important.
Pivot Point tells Addie’s story from two perspectives, detailing to readers the outcome of either decision. In one future, Addie is living with her mother on the paranormal compound, surrounded by other individuals who share her gifts. Her life is mostly ordinary, except for one pretty cool thing – she is the crush of the most popular boy in school. On an alternate path, she is living in Texas with her father, far from her childhood home, is the new girl at school, and is falling fast for a cute, quiet, artist type.
Addie discovers that along either path there is the chance of love, but at what price? Her visions of the future are also surrounded by signs of danger, darkness and tragedy (possibly even a murder investigation). Addie has so much to gain, and lose, in either future. She learns quickly that knowing what the future may hold does not always make the decision any easier.
As I read this book I couldn’t help but put myself in Addie’s shoes and wonder what I would do if I had Addie’s gift of seeing into the future? Would I use my gift, or would I lead my life as any other normal person, never knowing what the future has in store? It would be very difficult to see unfortunate events in the future that you may not be able to prevent. Carrying a burden such as Addie’s is a huge responsibility for any adult, much less a teen. Yet, Addie is brave in the face of her decision and she proves herself to be a strong heroine.
All that I can say is thank goodness that the sequel Spilt Second has already been released! Pivot Point had me sitting on the edge of my seat throughout the entire read, and I cannot wait to find out what else in awaiting Addie in her future.
You can find both of these books on the shelves of Boyd County Public Library. You can also request a hold for them at www.thebookplace.org or via the BCPL Mobile app!