Staff Pick: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Pivot Point by Kasie West

FPLD Staff Rating:  4/5 rainbow

Being able to see the future doesn’t fix everything. It won’t stop Addie’s parents from divorcing and it definitely won’t stop her from having to choose between staying at the paranormal Compound with her mom and starting over in the Norm world with her dad. But it can allow Addie to see what each life will be like. Addie decides to Search six weeks down each path, hoping that will make her decision easy, but she soon finds that nothing is ever as simple as it seems. In her life at the Compound, Addie struggles to adjust to a life that just isn’t the same anymore. Suddenly she’s the quarterback’s girlfriend, being forced into a role that looks perfect, but doesn’t feel genuine. In the Norm world, Addie forms a bond with a sensitive boy who makes her question whether keeping her secret is worth losing his trust. As both paths start to converge, Addie learns that there’s much more at stake than her own happiness, and the consequences of her choice could be dire.

It took me a while commit to this book, but I’m glad I finally did, because it’s one of the best books I’ve read in the past year. Kasie West’s writing perfectly strikes the elusive balance between thought-provoking and easy to read. Featuring a relatable main character and subjects that hit close to home, this novel deftly explores the ins and outs of each choice we make in a way that feels real. Told through alternating chapters, Addie’s two futures match pace, allowing you to compare her lives and the people around her moment by moment. You’ll sigh in frustration when her peers get in her head and smile in relief when she stays true to herself.

What really makes this book worthwhile, though, is the ending. West expertly slips in clues that fly under the radar as you read, but seem obvious enough in retrospect that you’ll wonder how you missed them. As you finally close the cover, you’ll be hit with the dizzying thought that every choice you make has an impact, no matter how small. West serves up a healthy dose of introspection topped with a hopeful ending that will leave you craving more (luckily, there’s a sequel). Pivot Point is simply a great read for anyone, especially reluctant readers.

Jessica, West End