Monday, May 27, 2013
Pivot Point by Kasie West
Pivot Point has a touch of several different elements: paranormal, mystery, and romance. Kasie West weaves these elements and Addie's two paths into one cohesive, high-stakes story.
Addie has grown up in a secret compound for people with paranormal powers. Addie has a form of clairvoyance which allows her to see how her choices will affect her life. Her best friend, Laila, can erase memories, her mother has the power of persuasion, and her father can tell when people are lying. The compound also has advanced technology, though I wasn't quite certain how that worked. I can't see how their special abilities would translate into a technological advantage.
When her parents get divorced, Addie searches to see who she should live with. The two choices are shown side by side in this book. Similar events occur in both versions, but they play out differently based on Addie's choice. I liked seeing the similarities because it showed that one person's choices can't change everything about the future.
The choice Addie has to make at the end is difficult and sad, but I was left knowing that she'd done the right thing.