15 Jun 2015

Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West

Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West

Goodreads Synopsis
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.

This was my Wishlist Wednesday post this week and as I was searching for the links for the purchase places, I noticed it was $4.99 on Kobo and snatched it up. I am not sure if I am glad I did or not yet.

First of all, this novel's main category is contemporary. There are science fiction elements to it, i.e. these people have supernatural abilities, but this is a contemporary novel. There is zero world building and it is the strangest thing. There were so many inconsistencies that I was mostly just confused at some points.

First of all, if Addie had to lie about where she was from, then why even let the students on the Compound play football against other "Normal" schools? But since they can do that, why not just say that she moved from there? Switched schools or whatever? Why did she need some elaborate back story? Especially if her transcripts showed that she came from the Compound school anyway! It isn't as if they forged her documents! They literally sent her transcripts over. It was ridiculous to me.

Second, the abilities were never explained. Like at all. How do they form? How are they decided upon? Can more than one person have the same ability? What happens when they "present" (I believe that was the term used)? Why are these people hidden in the middle of nowhere in Texas? Is it so football can be the big thing at this school? I literally could ramble on with my questions about world building forever.

Third, the ending was so stupid. There is no way in hell you are telling me that Addie would have all this information and insight about what happened over the next six weeks and tell NO ONE and then only want to remember the other half because of a boy?! Like come on. That is ridiculous. Even if her Searches can't be used as "evidence," she would have still told SOMEBODY about what she saw! How she saw someone LITERALLY KILLING PEOPLE. But nah, she just wants to remember her boyfriend from another life she never chose. Actual eye rolls ensued.

And of course there was a love-triangle. Like what is a young adult book without one. Except this one was worse because they overlapped but not really. I thought this book would be two completely different paths but nope they intertwined. It was reading the same story twice with different names basically. I got bored of it pretty quickly. 

The only redeeming point was the last 10% of the book in which the two stories took a different turn than what I expected. The dialogue was really good too, as was the premise. I just didn't think it was really well executed. 

Overall: 3/5 stars. I liked it but not as much as I thought I would. I'm actually pretty conflicted about it.

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