Thursday, October 17, 2013

Pivot Point by Kasie West

Release Date: February 12, 2013
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.
Just reading the book blurb gives me chills. This is one of the very best books I've read all year.

Once upon a time,  about 15 years ago, there was a movie called Sliding Doors. It was about a woman who's life was split into two different outcomes based on whether or not she makes the subway on time. In the reality that she makes the subway, she gets home from work early enough to find that her boyfriend (fiancé?) is having an affair. She leaves him and the course of her life is forever changed. In the reality that she misses the subway, she gets home much, much later and is none the wiser. Anyway, there was a time when this was my very favorite movie. I think some of the reason I loved this book, Pivot Point, so much was because it appealed to the same part of me that is intrigued with the idea that small moments or decisions can change the course of our entire lives. I think the other part of the reason I loved it was because it was just a really fantastically written story.

There wasn't a single character in this book that I didn't like. (Which is uncommon for me!) I was drawn into their lives and their stories from the very first page. The ups and downs, twists and turns, intrigue, romance, and suspense of watching two different fates pan out was exhilarating. I loved everything about this book--even the very end when I had extremely mixed feelings, wanting things to tie up nicely in a bow. But really, when you have the ability to choose your future, can things NOT be messy?

You absolutely have to read this book. Scratch that. You absolutely have to BUY THIS BOOK. I'm not kidding when I say it's one of my favorites of the year. Maybe ever, actually. Yes, it was that good. Now what are you doing still reading this post???? GO GET THIS BOOK AND READ IT. NOW!

Happy Reading!

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