Reading/Interest Level: Young Adult
Author: Kasie West
Addie lives in a secret community where everyone has special abilities. At her high school, she and her classmates are taught how to maximize their abilities and use them wisely. Addie’s ability is to see ahead past a single choice to what the outcome will be for each option. She’s really never used her ability, until her parents tell her that the two of them are getting a divorce. Addie must choose to stay with her mom in the community, or go with her dad, who plans to leave it all behind to live among the “norms.” Addie must make the decision by looking further into the future than she ever has before. She hopes that, once she sees both of the options, her choice will be clear. However, she learns that the choice is not obvious and either way, she has to make sacrifices. She just has to figure out what sacrifices she can live with.
Pivot Point has an original premise with a light and entertaining tone. Author Kasie West skillfully provides background for Addie’s community so that the reader quickly becomes familiar with its differences and limitations, without much initial confusion. The entire book is composed of the two stories of Addie’s future, depending on what choice she makes. The chapters switch off so that both paths keep the same pace and momentum. The book is entertaining and would be a good fit for readers who prefer more high-interest reads. The book doesn’t really tackle any tough issues and Addie’s high school experience is very stereotypical. Even the added twist of her special abilities does not feel compelling enough to set the narrative apart from other formulaic books about high school drama. Overall, it is an accessible, fun book that manages to be geared toward a young adult audience without the use of profanity or overly-sexualized romances.
*Contains mild drug abuse, mild sexual content, and mild violence.