Rating: 5 Stars
Published: February 2013
Genre: Young Adult
“Do you ever feel like you do something or are something for so long that it defines you?”
“Your eyelashes make mine want to commit suicide from shame.”
“My bookcase is all yours.”
I walked to the door. “I’ve just decided that those are my favorite five words in the world.”
Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to see If/Then the new musical starring Idina Menzel on Broadway. It’s about a woman named Elizabeth who faces a decision. One path leads to love and a family but also tragedy while the other path leads to a high powered career and an affair. The musical takes us on a journey down the paths of Beth and Liz’s life to see what she has in store. It was awesome, Idina is incredible, and if you have the opportunity, GO SEE IT. The point of this, is that if that musical sounds interesting to you, you will probably LOVE this book like I did. Because it is essentially, Dystopia/Paranormal meets If/Then.
In the novel Pivot Point by Kasie West, the main character, Addie Coleman is a Searcher. When faced with a decision, she can see down both paths of the decision she is about to make in order to make the best possible decision. Only she can remember the other path but not the other people who were involved in the life she didn’t choose. When her parents tell her they’re getting a divorce, Addie has to decide who she wants to live with. Her mom, a persuasive, or her dad, who wants to leave the paranormal Compound they’ve lived on to live with Norms.
It’s fascinating and heartbreaking to read both paths of Addie’s decision. You get so invested in what happens in the Norm world and The Compound. At the end, when she finally decides what to do, your heart breaks for what could have been. It’s so much like real life and it’s interesting to explore in depth the consequences of a decision. Because of the nature of the book, the entire story is essential a What If exploration and by the end, it’s as if none of it happened. Which is incredibly heartbreaking even though you know it’s coming.
I am so in love with this book. I can’t even. This is a book that I won’t be able to get out of my head for a long time. I devoured it. I am DYING for the next one.
It’s such a well-written and complex novel. While I wish there was more exploration into both sides of the decision, it makes sense that there wasn’t. The idea of the novel is interesting and something that isn’t over-explored. It was a fun and quick read that I definitely recommend.