Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Feminist Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  
 " 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 "
Summary from Goodreads. 

The Quick of It:  Pivot Point is the first book in the Pivot Point series. Now onto the fun stuff. :)


Holy wow I could not put Pivot Point down. I started it on the train when I went into New York and finished it the next morning. The dual plotting is just brilliant and the suspense! Seriously, this book will make your pulse beat faster.

 

“'My bookcase is all yours.'
I walked to the door. 'I've just decided that those are my favorite five words in the world.'" 


Demerits:  

My main issue with Pivot Point was the character of Stephanie. She's a cheerleader, an a jealous ex, and this evil, beautiful cheerleader trope is tired. Her contributions to the plot could have been achieved in ways that weren't so trite and didn't rely on  unnecessary girl-on-girl hate.


Making the Grade: 


I loved Addie's friendship with Chris. Even though there's a kind of dual-love-story thing going on, it's fair to say that both stories are more about Addie's relationship with Chris. The loyalty here, and the way they're brutally honest with each other in ways that only best friends can be. 

"We were an odd pair, constantly tugging each other back and forth over the line that represented normal teenage behavior.

Fellow Book Nerd: 


Addie's love of books endeared her to me right away. The fact that she liked everything from classics to graphic novels made me love her even more. 



Final Grade: B 

See my explanation of grades.

12 comments:

  1. Yes to all this! I've just read these books recently too, and I am happy to say that the second might make you feel better about the tired, cheerleader, mean girl thing. Whole new perspective :)

    Cassie @ Happy Book Lovers

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