Knowing the outcome doesn't always make a choice easier...
Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.
In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through... and who she can’t live without.
This book started off a little slow for me. I struggled at the outset to really connect with Addie. It seemed to me that her life was pretty run of mill, even if she had a wee bit of a super power, her daily grind was pretty mundane.... until... she's faced with a choice and we really see what her super power can do.
I don't want to give too much away here, so I'm only going to say that once Addie began to search her future so she could decide which path to take I was totally hooked. The twists and turns in both potential realities were great. Either one alone would have made a great book, the fact that West was able to weave together 2 entire plot lines is amazing. I couldn't put the book down, I just needed to know what was going to happen and what Addie would pick.
There are a few things in particular that I absolutely love about this book- One is that Addie is not looking for love throughout the whole book. In fact, she's actively avoiding it. Too often we see YA novels that center around "girl meets boy" and the romance that follows. In one timeline we see a girl has an awesome best friend and is skeptical when the school heart throb starts paying her attention. In the other we have Addie meeting Trevor and seeing him as cute, but also as perfect best friend material. She's not looking for the hook up, she's looking for a friend. I LOVE that first and foremost in the story is friendship and the support that can only come from good friends. Sure, love follows, but it isn't the center piece of the relationships.
The other thing I adore is actually just one line from Trevor, timeline #2 best friend, Addie explains her powers to him and when he realizes what she would have to give up to stay with him, who she would lose, he says simply "You don't pick this. This has to be a search. There's no way you would pick this. Everything will be okay." The reason I love this is because he doesn't even hesitate, he puts Addie first and knows that he could never ask her to give up the things would have to. He is willing to lose her to make sure she isn't hurt, but he also trusts that it will work out. There's no selfishness there and I love that. I was 100% Team Trevor from that moment on.
I'll apologize here because that was a pretty vague review.... I know that this book came out awhile ago, but West does such a great job intertwining the stories that I really don't want to spoil it for anyone. I'll just say that at the end of the book I was immediately crushed because I didn't get the resolution I wanted and then had book whiplash when I realized that there was a sequel (Split Second). Although I will admit I'm a little hesitant to read it because after that book it will really be over! In short- if you haven't read this one yet, go get it. It's totally worth it.
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