"Ambush: n. to pick a subject (me) and lie in wait to attack" (pg 1) I think it's cool that each chapter starts with the definition of a word that applies to the chapter. Also, this will be good for finding words for project eloqence.
"The Perceptives must've been gearing up for the football game that night" (pg 1) What are the Perceptives? Is it a group of people?
"Guess I should have Searched the morning after all" (pg 2) What does she mean by Searching the morning? I sense this is going to be an important part of the plot.
Her dad is a Discerner, "a human lie detector" (pg 3)
I meant to put that on the next comment oops.
"My mom was Persuasive. It was her mental ability" (pg 2) This idea of everyone having a special ability is cool. It makes me wonder what other types of abilities there are.
"A Norm-training class" (pg 4) So there are special classes to teach you to do stuff without their abilities now. That's cool.
"'Your father and I have decided to go our separate ways'" (pg 10) By the way they use a plethora of details--how Addie feels and what her parents are doing as they tell her the news--you can tell this is going to be very important to the story and will probably lead to the main plot.
"'Or leave the Compound and live in a world surrounded by people who only use 10 percent of their brain.'" (pg 13) Based on what they just said, does that mean that the reason everyone in the Compound has these powers is because they use more of their brain?
"The acronym DAA-Department of Ability Advancement-pops up in bold letters." (pg 25) I love how they are really putting in a lot of details about their world and the relationship between the Compound and the 'normal' world.
"I have spread out the required reading I received upon leaving the Compound" (pg 27) This is a sudden change of setting...she was in the Compound a page ago, and there was no transition. What happened?
"When the lights don't immediately turn on wave my hands in impatience. It takes a minute to realize they aren't going to." (Pg 29) First, I think I found a typo. Second, I wonder if we'll see more moments like this in the rest of the book-her just adjusting to the 'Norm' world.
"Duke Rivers asked about me? Weird." (Pg 32) He's going to be important to the plot somehow. I can feel it.
"Across the silver surface, written in black letters, is the name Steve 'Poison' Paxton" (pg 35) I feel like he's also going to be important...why else would the author reveal this info? They could have just made it a general prisoner.
"Which no illusion can keep from being an actual blockade" (pg 36) By the way Addie phrases it, I think this means that she feels trapped by the Compound. Will they continue to pursue Addie's character in this way, saying that she feels trapped, or is this just an offhand remark that means nothing?
"'You're the only one I know who still lugs around actual books', she says, flipping through it. I take it from her and put it back in my bag. 'I like books. They're pretty.'" (pg 37) While this could be taken at face value--she likes paper books, the same way some people prefer real books over ebooks--it could also show how she is subconsciously rebelling against the Compound-see my previous comment .
"'I thought you had perfect aim,' I remind him. He raises his glass slightly in a mocking toast. 'I do.'" (pg 42) So he specifically wanted to get Addie's attention--but why? Is it just that he likes her, or is there some ulterior motive? Addie doesn't seem like the person who'd get a lot of attention--just always in the background, so it would be unlikely that of all people that Duke could chose to like, it would be one of the quieter people in the grade.
"'Your new high school has a football game tonight.' At this point, even football sounds decent. 'What time?' 'Kickoff's at seven.'" (pg 47) Ok, so I realized that the entire book is her Search, and it switches back and forth, chapter to chapter between each decision. I should have realized earlier. But additionally, this chapter is also pulling towards football--will each chapter mirror each other somehow with the basic idea?
"Without my abilities, I'm not sure who I am." (pg 49) I think this is going to be repeated through out the chapters where Addie is posing as normal--if she's thinking about this before she even meets anyone, what is she going to be like when she does meet them?
"I wonder how they can be so excited without Mood Controllers rallying their emotions." (pg 51) It's called a little something called team spirit, Addie. But as I think about it more, that's messed up. They have to have people go into their minds and give them a sense of excitement to cheer their team on?
"We have a mascot at Lincoln High too--a lightning bolt. And thanks to the Perceptives, I've heard most home games include an actual lightning show" (pg 54) I get having a lightning show every hoem game because they're the Lincoln High Lightning Bolts (I guess), but why would you make your mascot lightning bolts? Also, based on the fact that they obviously don't know much about Norm History, why did they name the school Lincoln High? Did Abraham Lincoln have an ability when he was alive, or did they just name it that for a sense of normality?
"'We all party at Trevor's after the game. You should come.'" (pg 55) Just like last chapter! They were at a post-football game party, and now she's been invited to a completely different post-football game party.
"'Sometimes perfection reveals the lie, Addie, not the truth.'" (pg 57) That's deep.
"My ability is actually called Divergence, which means extending in different directions from a common point." (pg 63) It took a while to get to the specifics of her ability, but we got there eventually. It's interesting how they describe the ability, as it's not described as what the ability does, but an explanation of the actual word, from which you can easily extrapolate what the ability does.
"California came flying out of my mouth without warning and I had to go with it." (pg 70) Every decision, whether accidental or on purpose, has a consequence--I wonder how this little slip-up will affect what happens in the long run.
"'Poison will be back.'" (pg 89) I totally called it. They mentioned his name like 30-40 pages back, on that DVD, and now he's in the other storyline!
"There was this kid freshman year who didn't want to see a Healer because he thought the cut across his knuckles would make him look tough, but a month later he changed his mind and got his skin regenerated." (pg 92) What can't they do? Also, does that imply that one of the talents is Healing? Because that is super cool.
"'You're a football player?'" (pg 95) Another coincidence! Addie becomes friends with Duke the football player in one choice (staying with her mom), and in the other choice (going with her dad) she meets and becomes friends with Trevor, the past football player. I wonder if there is another random coincidence that is going to happen between Duke and Trevor-maybe they've already met each other somehow?
"'Aw, I'm like a proud mother bird watching my daughter fly from the nest. Fly, little bird, fly. Oh no! Don't fall. No, that's the ground. Addie, watch out for the ground. Man, tough luck. You better come back home.'" (pg 96) This doesn't even apply to anything, I just liked this quote. I have no deeper thoughts on this quote. Just take it at face value for once.
"In the background her dad asks her if he can borrow some money. 'I don't have any, used the last of it on lunch today," she tells him." (pgg 97) Again, story lines are overlapping--this scene happened a couple of chapters ago when Addie was dying her hair and Poison came for money. Also, Poison again--I was so right.
"'No,' I insist. 'Rebellion requires commitment.'" (pg 99) As I get farther through the book, I have noticed that change and rebellion are two major themes--the entire book is about what would happen depending on what Addie chooses, and in the part where she chooses to stay with her mom, she constantly talks with her friends about how she should be acting rebellious, following the standards of what happens when your parents divorce (by reference of popular books and movies).
"'No wonder Dad left." (pg 102) OHHHHHHH CRUEL
""Are you a stalker? Because I'm not really into stalkers.' He laughs." (pg 103) I feel like he's avoiding answering the question--maybe he actually is a stalker.
"It's not like we wear name tags announcing our abilities." (pg 105) I'm not sure exactly how, but I feel like everything would just be a tad easier if they actually did. I don't know why. I feel especially Perceptive during this book--get it? I'm so punny.
"Why are some of their door automatic and some not?" (pg 112) Addie is asking the real questions here. She seems so together most of time, so it's kind of funny where she has these Norm moments where she's just lost.
"Even though seconds later I snapped out of the Search, it still felt so real." (pg 113) This idea has been enforced through out the entire book so far, whether with talking about how real it feels, but also how in the beginning Addie talks with Laila about how while the Search may actually take about five minutes, it feels like the full amount of time (a couple months in this case) to Addie.
"Because that will be fun--my mom, Duke, and me, watching a movie together." (pg 122) Another chapter parallel--in the chapter where Addie went with her dad, she went to the movies with her new friends, and now in the chapter where Addie stayed with her mom, she's going to watch a movie with her new 'friend' (Duke).
"'You're closer'" (pg 124) I can feel it--he's hiding something. I don't know what, but we'll see.
"I stand. 'I have to use the bathroom.'" (pg 125) Another chapter parallel--she feels uncomfortable in some way when watching a movie, so she goes to the bathroom to call Laila. Reality seems to repeat itself even in different paths.
"He couldn't be subtle if he tried." (pg 127) They keep on reinforcing this idea that Duke is obvious too much. Maybe there's going to be some sort of plot twist where he is actually completely subtle or something.
"'It was a dirty play...Lincoln High.'" (pg 136) They're slowly bringing the two plot lines together...Duke the football player being suspicious, Trevor the past football player injured by Lincoln High, Lincoln High coming for a football game, it goes on.
"The holds up his other hand and says, 'Ketchup'. The bottle flies back over." (pg 142) Why does he need to say ketchup before mentally grabbing the ketchup?
"'She's letting the air out of his tires.' At the counter, Poison is just finishing his order." (pg 144) Poison again!
"'I'm always on guard for a few seconds after each play. But that time I felt completely relaxed.'" (pg 155) Does that mean that there is a Mood Enhancer on the football team, purposefully injuring players throughout the country?
"The text from Laila reads, 'I just let the air out of the tires of one of my dad's loser friends' car at Fat Jacks. It felt so good.'" (pg 156) I know that the 'loser friend' Laila is talking about is Poison--the same exact events are happening in each place, just in the different story lines, Addie is either with or without them--I bet if Addie was somehow in communication with Trevor when she was with her mom, he would text her something about how he had to steal the bobble head.
"The thought of a manufactured reality sits heavily on my shoulders from this close up" (pg 160) Another instance where Addie feels trapped in the Compound. I wonder if it will add up to anything substantial.
"'I don't take kindly to threats, Mr. Paxton.'" (pg 173) Poison is starting to appear more in more in this story plot, so its obvious he's going to bring the plot together in the end somehow.
"I turn and see Poison...'Oh, hi. Um, soda guy, right? Sorry about that again.'" (pg 177) Nice try Addie. I wonder what Poison wants with her though. Maybe his next murder?
"'So if you could have a mind power, which one would you want?' I ask, curious. 'I'd want to be able to tell the future.' I curl my lip. 'It's not that great.'" (pg 183) As this conversation goes on and on, I keep on thinking more and more that Addie wants Trevor to know that she has powers. Also, Addie would certainly know that seeing the future isn't that great.
"'It's like their school is some sort of national secret.'" (pg 191) That's the thing--it is a national, even worldwide secret.
"'We'll do an investigation.'" (pg 195) Another chapter parallel! In both chapters, they're going to investigate someone--either the football team or Poison.
"'Kind of like advanced ability control.'" (pg 207) This idea is really cool-- I wonder if they'll bring up the same topic in the other side of the story.
"'Bobby is really good at enhancing abilities'" (pg 209) If Bobby is good at enhancing abilities, is a possibility that Bobby is helping enhance one or more of the football player so that they can injure other team's players (Trevor and all the other football players Rowan talks about)?
"'Doesn't help to waste my time thinking about would've-beens.' Laila whispers, 'He says to the girl with a mind full of them.'" (pg 215) I like this quote because it really explains Addie's ability in a simple way, while still resonating deeply--sort of like how we talked about how fables seem simple at face value, but when you look closer, they're actually very deep.
"He looks sort of familiar to me, but I can't place him." (Pg 219) He looks familiar because it's Trevor. I feel almost frustrated that she doesn't recognise him, but at the same time I know there would is no way she would recognise him, as it's different plot lines.
"'Let's just blame everything on them.' 'Sounds good.'" (pg 225) When in doubt, blame everything on a random person (or school in this case).
"So a Paranormal" (pg 227) It took me until now to realize that as a group, the people in the Compound call themselves Paranormals.
"'He kept asking the weirdest questions.' 'Like what?' 'Like why our school doesn't have a website and why our football players never get injured.'" (pg 239) Another story parallel--in both storyplots, Rowan is convinced something is up with Lincoln High. Some things never change.
"It's an alphabetized list of all the kids at school and their abilities" (pg 253) Its the beginning of the end! This is going to lead to something big--we already know its hard to get a copy of all the students and their abilities, so there must be a worthwhile reason for it.
"'See, don't you think if I were using you, once I learned the exact nature of your ability I would have been gone?'" (pg 255) I KNEW HE WAS UP TO SOMETHING! But is that the end of the cheating Duke storyline, or will something happen/it somehow leak into the story plot?
"'Superheros.'" (pg 264) Now Addie is going to use the comic as a way to explain the Compund to Trevor! That's a really smart yet cute way to do it.
"'Oh yeah, I have to go to this work party with my parents.'" (pg 273) It doesn't match up--is Duke going to Fat Jack's or this party?
"'That was my gift to him.'" (pg 280) Stephanie, you cruel, heartless biscuit. Why would you do this? At the very least, it's going to really start the beginning of the end.
"'It's sort of like fiction, Addie--not real.'" (pg 282) RUDE. The thing is, while it may not have actually happened in real life yet, when Addie goes through a Search, it's exactly like real life--she doesn't even realize it's a Search, and when she does come out of a Search, the memories of what happened are incredibly real to her--it's like it actually happened.
"The problem is, Duke never shows up." (pg 287) So the work party story was correct.
"I force myself to watch Duke answer the door, hug Laila, then take her inside." (pg 219) Wait...what? I suspected Duke of something, but not this. The big question, though, is is this just the gateway to some big ending, or is this itself the big ending?
"'What if this is a Search?'" (pg 299) They're becoming self-aware!
"'It's Laila. She's missing.'" (pg 313) Why would you kill off Laila? Why would you do such a thing?
"'Bobby is responsible.'" (pg 316) Plot twists, plot twists, and more plot twists. Poison isn't guilty, Bobby killed Laila and all the others, and now we just need to see about Duke.
"'My cell phone is dead.'" (pg 319) Very suspicious, considering how in the other chapters, he's a murderer, and throughout the book, its shown that what happens in one storyplot usually happens in the other one somehow. It's all very horror movie like.
"'Not take them. Just borrow a little of them.'" (pg 321) He's going to try and force her to give some of her Ability to him--I can feel it.
"This has to be a Search. I'm in a Search." (pg 323) While this is true, considering how you said the same thing in the last chapter, eventually you're going to have to choose between two horrifying and sucky options and choose one of them, so it doesn't even matter if it's a Search anymore.
"'Why don't you tell her how Ray helps you deceive everyone?'" (pg 328) So while Duke may not be the big bad overall, he still is a lying, deceiving little biscuit who uses people for their powers. Also, he's not even Telekinetic! I wonder what Ability he actually has, though.
"'Duke's a Mood Controller.'" (pg 329) Well, that wasn't too hard to figure out.
"'What did you see?' Laila asks." (pg 330) And thus ends the Search, I guess.
"I close mine as well." (pg 335) Well, I can see why she made that choice, but wow, that was a sucky ending.
One decision affects the path of Addie's life and the life of those around her. In Pivot Point, Addie (the main character) pursues the effects her decisions have on not just her, but the people close to her by doing a Search, which is when she looks into her future based on what happens when she makes a decision. While this may seem like a weird idea, in the society that she lives in (the Compound) everyone has some sort of mind power--it’s what defines them. The majority of the book is actually a Search, based on when her parents divorce whether she leaves her mom and the life she knew to go with her dad, or she stays with her mom, but leaves her dad to go on his own. We see what would happen if she chose her dad or her mom in alternating chapters, starting with what would happen if she went with her dad.
If Addie had chosen to go with her dad, she would have been forced to leave everything she had ever known--her friends, her mom, her Ability. This strongly affects her throughout this story line--she constantly feels lost and undefined without her Ability. At the same time, she meets new people, like Trevor, who isn’t a backstabbing little biscuit, unlike certain other people who I’ll talk more about in the next paragraph. Trevor is everything Addie could want or need in a best friend/boyfriend--understanding, funny, and kind. He understands Addie when she talks about how she feels useless, as he feels the same, due to how when his shoulder was permanently injured in a football game the year before the story starts, he loses the main thing that he felt defined him--being good at football. Throughout the story, this seems like the path Addie will choose, until the end, where in a MAJOR plot twist, her best friend Laila is murdered. If Addie had chosen to go with her dad, she wouldn’t be at the Compound to protect Laila when she was taken by Bobby and Duke. In the end, she goes with her mom, because of the two (in simple terms) sucky paths, this path sucked more.
If (and eventually when) Addie chooses to go with her mom, she gets to stay with her friends, but she ends up getting stabbed in the back by Duke, whom I was referring to in the previous paragraph as the backstabbing little biscuit. Throughout the book, Addie becomes friends and then more than friends with Duke, the star football player who in the beginning is stated by Addie to be too obvious for her liking-- “He couldn't be subtle if he tried." (pg 127). Little did she know, he was purposely doing this so that he wouldn’t suspect his ulterior motive--using her and her Ability to tell him what college he should go to. Quite honestly, it’s a great plan--who would suspect the completely transparent person of doing anything horrible? They’d think he wasn’t subtle enough to do anything. In the end, while Addie is deceived by Duke, she and Laila escape (mostly) unharmed.
While in Pivot Point they only show two possible paths that Addie could have taken (going with her mom or her dad), in reality, there are an infinite number of paths. She could have said that she didn’t want to go with either parent, or she could have somehow convinced her parents to stay together somehow. She could have went and became friends with Trevor when she was visiting her dad that one time, or she could have become friends with an entirely different set of people. If just one thing had changed, an entirely new outcome would have happened. Maybe there’d have been an even worse consequence, but there’s also the chance that they would finally have a happy ending--there’s no way to tell. All in all, Pivot Point shows readers how what might seem like a simple decision can have long-term, unseen consequences.
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