Pivot Point by Kassie West

Pivot Point by Kassie West
Harper Teen | Hardcover, 343 pages
Publication Date: February 12th, 2013
Young Adult
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Kassie West’s Pivot Point is a different take on parallel worlds. While the ones I’ve read previously would need some sort of a wormhole or a rift in time-space continuum to make universe-jumping possible, this one is based on a girl’s ability to see and live two lives at the same time.

Let me begin by saying that I did enjoy this book. I was honestly surprised how good it was, better, at least than some of the books with the same theme. But the stumbling block for me – and this consistently becomes a problem with books like this – was my inability to like both versions of one character.  The Addison that I didn’t like seem to create a much bigger impact than the Addison that I did like.

Addison lives in a community that’s virtually invincible to the real world. They are in hiding; isolated from the “normal” people without abilities. The people in her community possess powers: telekineses, powers of coercion or persuasion, ability to seek out the future and the ability to detect a lie. Addison’s ability enables her to see a future but only if she’s given a choice. When her parents decide to divorce, she was presented with her fork in the road: to stay and live with her mother inside her paranormal world or to leave with her dad to live on the outside with the normal people.

Two scenarios. Two futures. For lack of a better word, let’s just pretend she lived in both “virtually”. In both lives she becomes entangled with a criminal activity that endangers kids outside their community. She must learn to choose her battles and eventually pick which future would cost her the least. But in the end, she’ll re-live the whole thing again because no matter what, it always begins with a choice.

So back to Addison’s personality, I guess my main problem and I don’t know if the author could’ve done it any better is that she wasn’t herself in one of the scenarios. It’s hard to explain it any further without spoiling an important arch of the book. I was easily annoyed with her because she can’t find the will to umm…be herself. Sorry for the ambiguity but it really is hard to say more than that. Because of that, I’d become apathetic to her cause.

I like the entire structure of the plot and the way it was executed. It all just boils down to other factors that prohibited my enjoyment of the  reading experience. I commend the author for coyly writing in a love triangle without it being your textbook love triangle. It’s technically not a love triangle because that would require knowledge of existence from everyone involved. And since one scenario was just a simulation of sort, one side of a triangle really does not exist. Confused yet? Yeah. Me too.

I am looking forward to reading the next book simply because I want to read about Addi’s and this other person’s meet-cute. Heh. Though I don’t really know where else this story could go. Other than the world discovering their existence, I have a feeling anything else would be an attempt to prolong what should’ve been an already concluded stand-alone.