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ISBN13: 9780062117373
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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.

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"Addie Coleman has an ability anyone would relish. She's a Searcher who, when faced with a difficult choice, can foresee both outcomes before deciding which she'd rather live out. Since Addie's parents have just announced they are divorcing and her father will be leaving their secret paranormal Compound, Addie must do her most important Search yet. Debut novelist West cleverly alternates chapters to show readers how Addie's two very different futures will play out — one with her mother on the Compound; the other with her father in the Normal world. West's premise is a winner, and Addie is the kind of heroine readers would want as a best friend — loyal, unpretentious, and thoughtful. Two love interests in Addie's divergent futures make things even more interesting, as does a murder subplot. What truly makes West's story memorable, however, is Addie's wry humor ('I've been thinking about books where the main character's parents are going through a divorce. A big theme is rebellion. I think I should give it a try') and the book's fascinating exploration of how life can change with one simple choice. Ages 13 – up. Agent: Michelle Wolfson, Wolfson Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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“West's debut showcases riveting storytelling.” Kirkus Reviews

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“West takes [an]…intriguing premise and infuses it with a conclusion that will surprise and please the romantic teen reader.” Booklist

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“West has created an intricately woven story of two possible futures. This debut novel…is a welcome change.” School Library Journal

Synopsis:

Perfect for fans of Sliding Doors, Kasie West's riveting novel Pivot Point follows a girl with the power to see her potential futures.

Addison Coleman's life is one big "What if?" As a Searcher, a special type of clairvoyant, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she is able to look into the future and see both outcomes. So when her parents tell her they are getting a divorce and she has to pick who she wants to live with, a Search has never been more important.

In one future Addie is living with her mom in the life she's always known and is being pursued by the most popular guy in school. In the other she is the new girl in school, where she falls for a cute, quiet artist. Then Addie finds herself drawn into a murder investigation, and her fate takes a darker turn. With so much to lose in either future, Addie must decide which reality she's willing to live through . . . and who she's willing to live without.

About the Author

Kasie West lives with her family in central California, where the heat tries to kill her with its 115-degree stretches. She graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree that has nothing to do with writing.

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Disquietus, April 27, 2014 (view all comments by Disquietus)
This was one I was super eager to read and had high expectations for because it’s gotten so many rave reviews, but by the end of the second chapter I wasn’t sure I’d even finish it but I kept pushing through though and it definitely paid off. While it’s not my favorite book ever, it had an intriguing world and enough action to keep me invested, and the ending was vague enough about Addison’s future that I will definitely be reading the sequel.

I loved the idea of Addison’s super power. Now that I’ve heard of it, it’s the one that I would most want to have. Well, it or flying because I would love to be able to fly okay. And I really liked Addison, most of the time. She was funny and not at all the pushover I was initially afraid she would be. However, I wasn’t as invested in her and her life as I should have been. There were times though that I could empathize with her, even though I felt that she was kind of an idiot. It really wasn’t until the last few chapters that I really started to enjoy her though.

There is a love triangle as well. There was a clear winner to me right from the start, but I won’t spoil it for you, although I think it’s pretty obvious. They have this great connection, and watching them figure it out was the best part of this book, and seeing more of them together in the sequel is a primary reason I am looking forward to reading it. And while the other love interest was definitely compelling and charming in his own right, once I figured out what his deal was, I was left feeling utterly repulsed and slightly violent. While he’s not evil per se, he is definitely not a good person and I hope that she doesn’t try and drag this triangle out further.

My favorite characters in the book were actually the secondary characters, Trevor’s best friend Rowan and Addie’s best friend Laila. While they both definitely have some not admirable qualities, mostly Laila, they were the ones that added the spark that I was missing from Addison and left me smiling. Laila gets a lot of criticism, because she is pushy and does some pretty questionable things, but she’s also got a big heart and is easier for me to relate to than Addie. I wouldn’t mind seeing her get a book of her own.

What I didn’t like so much about the book was the writing itself. While it wasn’t the worst I’ve ever read, it frequently had a juvenile feel to it, and a lot of the descriptions of people’s reactions seemed very unrealistic to me. I couldn’t just sink into this world or these characters, which to me is the mark of great writing. And the way each chapter alternated between the different potential paths was very distracting initially. Once I adjusted it was fine, but it just wasn’t what I expected.

Despite the negatives, it was definitely an enjoyable and intriguing story, and I was actually really surprised by the ending. I look forward to the next installment.
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Go Flash Go, March 19, 2013 (view all comments by Go Flash Go)
“Stay here with others like you, or leave the Compound and live in a world surrounded by people who only use ten percent of their brains.” This is the choice Addie must make when her parents tell her they're getting a divorce and that she must choose with whom to live. As a Searcher, Addie has the ability to see into the future of either potential option. With that framework set in place, we are off! Each chapter switches between the same time period in both worlds, and we can see how the ramifications of Addie's choices play out.

Aside from the citizens' extraordinary abilities, life, and in particular, high school life, seems pretty normal in the Compound. In the Normal world with her father, on the other hand, Addie must adjust to our technologically-deficient and uninformed beliefs, including lights that don't turn on by themselves and high school history books that don't have all the facts. Addie must keep her powers and the existence of the Compound a secret from the Norms; not an easy task since she spent her entire life surrounded by people like herself, with no need to hide.

There are love interests in both worlds, and West not-too-subtly pushes the reader's support in one direction. I initially was surprised by the major cheese factor of one of the guys, but it became clear later in the book why he was depicted that way. In hindsight, I found that refreshing, because I didn't experience the sensation of an author switcheroo where you're left scratching your head when the revelation does not match the character's previous behavior.

Most of the story was light and humorous, but there was a dangerous thread running through it that didn't makes its connection to Addie clear (at least not to me) until very close to the end. I was completely surprised ��" love when that happens! - but again, West left all of the clues. I think I missed them because I was so caught up in the story.

I loved this quote from Addie: “Thank you seems like too little...or maybe too much, since he couldn't possibly understand how much I needed to hear what he just said. How much I needed to know that even without my ability, I am someone worth knowing. That every little and ridiculous quality I exhibit makes me who I am.” Addie was choked up during this scene, and it choked me up a bit, too. Sniff, sniff!

Pivot Point's central concept may not be totally unique, but West executes it in an exciting, refreshing, and fun way. This was a fabulous start to the series. It concludes without a major cliffhanger, but I was nevertheless left wanting to read more about Addie's life. Fortunately, a sequel is planned for 2014.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062117373
Author:
West, Kasie
Publisher:
HarperTeen
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20130212
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 8
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 22.8 oz
Age Level:
from 13

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Addie Coleman has an ability anyone would relish. She's a Searcher who, when faced with a difficult choice, can foresee both outcomes before deciding which she'd rather live out. Since Addie's parents have just announced they are divorcing and her father will be leaving their secret paranormal Compound, Addie must do her most important Search yet. Debut novelist West cleverly alternates chapters to show readers how Addie's two very different futures will play out — one with her mother on the Compound; the other with her father in the Normal world. West's premise is a winner, and Addie is the kind of heroine readers would want as a best friend — loyal, unpretentious, and thoughtful. Two love interests in Addie's divergent futures make things even more interesting, as does a murder subplot. What truly makes West's story memorable, however, is Addie's wry humor ('I've been thinking about books where the main character's parents are going through a divorce. A big theme is rebellion. I think I should give it a try') and the book's fascinating exploration of how life can change with one simple choice. Ages 13 – up. Agent: Michelle Wolfson, Wolfson Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “West's debut showcases riveting storytelling.”
"Review" by , “West takes [an]…intriguing premise and infuses it with a conclusion that will surprise and please the romantic teen reader.”
"Review" by , “West has created an intricately woven story of two possible futures. This debut novel…is a welcome change.”
"Synopsis" by , Perfect for fans of Sliding Doors, Kasie West's riveting novel Pivot Point follows a girl with the power to see her potential futures.

Addison Coleman's life is one big "What if?" As a Searcher, a special type of clairvoyant, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she is able to look into the future and see both outcomes. So when her parents tell her they are getting a divorce and she has to pick who she wants to live with, a Search has never been more important.

In one future Addie is living with her mom in the life she's always known and is being pursued by the most popular guy in school. In the other she is the new girl in school, where she falls for a cute, quiet artist. Then Addie finds herself drawn into a murder investigation, and her fate takes a darker turn. With so much to lose in either future, Addie must decide which reality she's willing to live through . . . and who she's willing to live without.

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