Pivot Point by Kasie West
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Addie Coleman has a choice. Both choices lead to something unexpected, something violent. She knows this because she can see both paths--as a Searcher she can look into the future and see what's coming. Blindsided by the announcement of her parent's divorce, and somewhat blinded by some good looking boys in both paths, she has to choose which way she'll go, who she wants to be, and who she wants to be with.
I've read several high action books lately, and this book didn't have much of that--which actually turned out to be a nice difference. There are a few high intensity action moments towards the end, but the majority of the book is still dynamic and engaging, building up to those moments.
The premise of this book did wonders for the story telling. And because of how it was structured, it was a gradual build of suspense and trying to figure things out. The alternating chapters between one "path" and another were a little confusing at times because they had the same characters in both. But it turned out to be ok because of how similar or correlating events happened in both, so each of the narratives informed the other. It was like knowing secrets about the other story, or suspecting things before they happened. It was a very fun way to read, especially if you're like me and always try to guess things before they happen. Which, in the end, I wasn't quite able to. I suspected a few things, but still was surprised by how things ultimately worked out.
The relationship between each of the characters was a strong point in the book, mostly because of the great dialogue. Like I said, not a lot of action scenes but it's still very engaging because of those character relationships and dialogue. A few obstacles for a struggling reader: the beginning, which was a little slow (took me a couple tries to get into it, but then it was a pretty fast read), and keeping the two story lines straight. I really think that the premise and the characters would be enough to keep even a struggling reader engaged though, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to (most likely girl) readers who enjoy some paranormal with some romance thrown in.