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Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  11,082 ratings  ·  2,062 reviews
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...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by HarperTeen
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I don't think of myself as the type of reader and reviewer who gives every book they love the full, five stars. There are some, if not most books I give four stars to that I say I love, and most if not all of the books I give 4.5 stars to are ones I say I love. But I tend to save five stars for books that are practically flawless to me; for books that, no matter how many minutes, hours, days, etc., I spend trying to find something that I didn't like about it, I still come up with nothing.

Emily May

3.5 stars
This book was exactly what I needed to read right now. After a series of books focusing on the depressing, the gory, the serious and various roads leading to the apocalypse, Pivot Point is a refreshingly bright novel brimming with fun. From the light-hearted and hilarious dialogue between the characters, to the sheer likeability of the protagonist - Addie - who doesn't bog down the novel with melodrama and angst but leads us through a story that is completely enjoyable and practically...more
Call me a cynic, but I wasn’t expecting this to be nearly as good as it was. Pivot Point is the very definition of a pleasant surprise.

With an original premise and simple (but engaging) plot, it is not difficult to fully immerse in West’s debut novel. From the very first chapters it is evident that this author has a natural flair for writing. Her sentences are not flowery or coated in extravagant metaphors and similes, but, rather, straightforward and humorous, in the best possible way. In West’...more
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars Enjoyed reading this, and there are numerous things I thought were very well done.

-- a Sliding Doors type story, which is uncommon in YA.
-- Interesting paranormal abilities
-- some genuinely cute romantic moments
-- a story that moves quickly and keeps the reader's interest
-- a solid ending that commits to the path it takes.

A few things that could have been explored in more depth:

-- the powers are fairly straightforward, and your usual X-Men/paranormal types
-- all the characters woul...more
Steph Sinclair
Pivot Point, I'm not quite sure what you are... but I think I kinda loved it. I have this issue where I feel the need to categorize things. I can't explain it, I guess that's just the way my brain works. Pivot Point was really an enigma for me because I just couldn't tell what genre it would fall in. From the blurb, it clearly screams sci-fi, but when you start reading it feels so contemporary. And that was a very, very pleasant surprise because the novel kept me guessing from beginning to end.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
3.5 stars because I'm feeling especially generous today.

First, let me get one very important fact out of the way: technically, Pivot Point is practically flawless. There's nothing in it that bothered me or set my teeth on edge, but while I was reading it, I couldn't help but think of how much better it could have been. Because it's true: there were so many ways to tell this story and Kasie West chose the least interesting one. But I should start from the beginning.

Addie grew up in a top secre...more
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This review is also available over at my blog.


You know that feeling where you read a book that you were really really excited for, and at first you're worried that it might not live up to your high expectations, but then after you read it further and finish it, you realize that it not only lived up to your expectations, but exceeded them?

I just love that feeling. And it was exactly what I felt with Pivot Point. <3

In the world of this book there are humans with special min...more
para·nor·mal: adj. not scientifically explainable : supernatural

Meet Addison, or preferably Addie; Clairvoyant Divergent. Addie has the unique and thought-provoking ability of being able to see both sides of the coin. In other words, when she has a decision to make, she can see the future of each choice and pick the one that's best. Fascinating, no? But what happens when you don't want either future you foresee? This plot revolves around Addie's venture into two futures after sh...more
Pivot Point was a wonderfully fast paced and exciting read. I was mesmerized from the first page. While it didn’t’ leave off on a cliffhanger, it’s going to be torture waiting for the next installment!

Addison is a girl with special powers living in a city held secret from the outside world; a city where other “paranormals” live and perfect their abilities. Addison has the ability to search her future and see the outcome of a path she takes. She doesn’t use her ability all the time, so when her p...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Mar 04, 2013 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a story which hasn't been done a thousand times before
Two Paths - One Choice.

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3.5 stars (but the ending was 5 stars, so hurry up book 2!).

Poor Addie. I have a hard time trying to figure out which restaurant to go to or which movie to watch when given a choice. If you told me to pick between two paths which would lead my life in complete opposite directions, yet both paths might come with their own set of problems...forget it. I would probably end up having a nervous breakdown.

3 second basic story concept : Addie's parents are getting a divorce. A...more
I sense a disturbing new trend in young adult books of borrowing high concept ideas from other genres, slapping it over your typical relationship drama like a crude veneer, and passing it off as the innovative new thing - and I don't like it. Case in point, Pivot Point, which takes the common enough science fiction idea of alternate futures serving as sort of a life lesson or teaching moment and turns it on its head with all angst, all the time. Believe me, I totally get the appeal of an ability...more
Emily Anne
I don't know why, but I pre ordered this book 3 months before it came out, and I am so glad I did. Pivot Point glues you to it's pages, and I finished it in one night.

The book starts out very quickly. Addie comes home from her supernatural school to hear the news that her parents are getting a divorce. Her mom is staying in the Compound, while her dad is moving to the normal world. Addie has to pick who to live with.

She calls her best friend over and, to help decide, uses her powers as a searche...more
Pivot Point by Kasie West - One little choice can make all the difference

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If there is any book in the world that can give you a book orgasm, it's this one.

Pivot Point is not just one of my favourite books. Screw favourite book of the month, or favourite book of the year. Screw favourite paranormal or favourite science fiction. This is at THE TOP. As in favourite book ever. As in the best book I have EVER read. Pivot Point was always really good, but when I got to the ending, my mind was completely blown, and this book soared to the...more
Kat Kennedy
West has a brilliant imagination and she’s jammed packed it into this book like it’s got an expiry date and needs to be used up. What she’s done here is weave a lovely narrative of two different realities into one coherent story and I think she’s done that very well. Let’s face it. It’s not easy to mix two completely different but chronologically equal events into one cohesive product. I have to admit to wondering, before I picked it up, if West had bitten off more than she could chew. And to be...more
Can someone please come and erase my memory such that I can fall in love again with this story in 2014?

I really have a hard time believing that I will be able to sit still and wait a whole year for my favorite part of this story. I am even scared. I saw Addie fall in love 2 times (and I loved both love stories – well, one more than the other) and now I expect the next ‘beginning’ to be just as sweet.
I know, this is not the way to start my review, but how do you expect me to focus on writing whe...more
Lauren (Sugar & Snark)
I had a sneaking suspicion that I might hate this book and when I found out it was set in a secret high school for teenagers with special abilities. (Like the movie Sky High lol!) I was thinking “Oh crap! Abort, abort!!”

I don’t think I have really enjoy a paranormal book set in high school since Vampire Academy and I must admit I was expecting this book to be something more along the lines of The Time Travellers Wife. But this book is nothing like anything I have read before. WOW!

Addie lives in...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
I heard good things about Pivot Point and thought it sounded really different and interesting, so I bought it a while ago when the Kindle edition was on sale.

I'll start off by saying that I thought the concept was awesome. The story is about a girl named Addie who has a supernatural ability to see her future––the problem is that she has to actually live out that future in her mind before returning to the present and deciding what she wants to do. At the beginning, Addie's parents get divorced a...more

My Addison:

My Trevor:

My Duke:

"When I read, I feel emotion all on my own. Emotion no living person is making me feel. To me, it islmost seems more real, because I know that those characters can't influence me with any power. S I like to remind myself that I can feel without anyone manipulating me...."

Pivot Point is YA paranormal story about people with special mental abilities. Addison with mum as Persuasive (able to persuade other people to do what she wants) and dad as Discenser (a h...more
Kimberly Sabatini
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" a...more
Addie lives in a paranormal compound hidden from the normal population. Her best friend Leila can erase memories, her mom can influence people, and her dad is a lie detector. Addie has a unique power where she can see the different outcomes of a choice in her life. She can only look into her own future and she usually doesn't look further than a few hours or days. Too many extra memories to deal with. The farthest she ever looked was one week when she waned to see how a date to the dance with Bo...more
Angela (:



One girl. Two fates. One choice.

And this is where my review is supposed to come in. But I don't have one. I tried so many times to write one, but it's so freaking hard to. I don't know where to even start. My brain turns to mush every time I try to sort out my thoughts on this book....more
Kasie West is another author who I’ve heard incredible things about, so when picking up Pivot Point, I was expecting to be blown away, and simply put I was. With the niche of Parallel/alternative universes so over done lately, it’s hard to find books which do this subject the justice it deserves. So far I have only read one book which I did an exceptional job at this (Parallel), but West has also gone to show just how it should be done.

Addie’s story was thrilling, with her mind power of divergen...more

Hmm… I kind of had mixed feelings for this. I thought the writing, the story and the worldbuilding were fairly good but I wasn't particularly fond of the main character. I would have enjoyed Pivot Point more if the heroine had been more likeable and less cliched.

-The best thing about Pivot Point was the premise. Teenager, Addie, has the power of 'Divergence' (the ability to see two different paths in a choice)… And when Addie's parents divorce, she has a choice to either stay with her mu...more
Mai- *♥is back to Team Darkling ♥ *
I just read one of the best books this year!!!

Seriously??? Pivot Point is told from Addie Coleman's POV. She is a Searcher who apparently is one of the world's most gifted bunch of folks. These people with special mind powers lived inside the Compound and they live separately from normal humans though they go outside to work for various big names like the FBI.

What I found totally cool about this book is the fact that it's told in two different scenarios, the Para and the Norm scenarios...more
Penelope ✘ that awkward girl that doesn't go here ✘
I can't even begin to put into words how much I freaking loved this book. Alternate realities, dreamy and injured quiet boy, super powers and smart mouthed heroines have become my favourite recipe for reading success. Though this book is definitely a lot darker than the previous Kasie West's books I've read, I felt that it had a greater impact on me and left me in a big emotional mess that I'm still trying to piece back together. I simply can't put into words, and quite frankly, refuse to expoun...more
Actual rating is 3.5 stars.

The thing with Kasie West is that she's considered to be somewhat of a queen in this community. A goddess, even. And what NORMally happens when you decide to read a well-loved book by an even more loved goddess queen is PARAssure. Honestly,

Sidenote: Did you see what I did in the first PARAgraph? Did you? Did you did you did you? Sorry, the thirst for conceptual pun recognition is all too real.

I'll tell you what. In my experience, Kasie West is the goddess-queen of en...more
Siiri (Little Pieces of Imagination)
Before I get on my thoughts I wanted to say a huge thanks to Nick [Nick’s Book Blog] who gifted me this lovely paperback. It’s absolutely gorgeous and I love the extras in it :) Allrightyyy, so Pivot Point. Who doesn’t know about this book? It was on almost every 2013 wrap-up post I read and everything I’ve heard about this novel has been positive. Naturally I was excited and I mostly got what I was expecting.

“Do you ever feel like you do something or are something for so long that it defines yo
What I liked most: it’s funny without trying too hard and that’s in both versions of her life.
Another thing to love: they’re each more than you expect them to be… though for a couple of them that’s in the negative, because true colors indeed do shine through.
And finally, that Sliding Doors comparison? Totally apt.

As to the first, it doesn’t take itself too seriously… or more likely she doesn’t take herself too seriously. The way she deals with what’s dealt her is completely typical… and that’s...more
Wendy Higgins
That was insanely good. Wow. I'm sort of blown away here. Paranormal, romance,'s got everything. Can't wait to get my hands on Split Second now!!!
Jun 03, 2013 Varsha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Varsha by: Emma3501
Shelves: debut
“One person can't change the future. Do you know how many people and things are involved in every major event that happens? Sure, you might be able to change some of the minor aspects of a day, but ultimately things that are going to happen, if you go along a certain path, do happen.”

The Compound is a place in Texas where the people with special abilities live. There are people with telekinetic powers, lie-detecting powers, the power to erase memories,etc. Our protagonist, Addie, is one of them...more
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I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels, published through Harper Teen are: PIVOT POINT, its sequel SPLIT SECOND (Feb 2014), and THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US (a contemporary novel). I also have two more contemporaries, ON THE FENCE coming out July 1, 2014, and THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND coming out the summer of 2015. My agent is the talented and funny Mic...more
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