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Gr 9 Up-A companion to Triangles (Atria, 2012), Hopkins's recent foray into adult publishing, Tilt fleshes out the stories of the children of Marissa, Andrea, and Holly. Mikayla cannot imagine loving anyone more than Dylan, yet when she becomes pregnant she begins to understand the limits of that love. Shane finally feels fully himself with Alex, but when mortality bears down on him in the form of Alex's HIV and his own terminally ill sister, it all becomes overwhelming. Harley wants nothing more than to be noticed by guys, even if it turns her into someone even she can no longer recognize. In Hopkins's usual style, the characters' lives are described in graphic, bitingly honest, and voluminous verse, all attributes her fans have come to expect and love. In that regard, they won't be disappointed. Yet this title might not work quite as seamlessly for those who chose not to follow her into the realm of midlife issues in Triangles. The mothers' stories weave in and out frequently enough to impact the narrative, yet because they are not fully developed here, they lend a feeling of loose ends hanging in the background. Ultimately, though, readers will care most about the clear, anguished voices of the teens.-Jill Heritage Maza, Montclair Kimberley Academy, Montclair, NJα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"This will be recognizable territory to anyone who has read Hopkins’ earlier novels. . . . As a cautionary tale, however, this offers helpful insights into the continuing presence of HIV in teen lives and the urgency of making better choices in matters involving sex."--Booklist
"Brimming with shoes about to drop (some do, some don’t) and the drama her fans devour . . ."--Kirkus Reviews
"Graphic, bitingly honest, and voluminous verse." (SLJ)
"By turns poised and visceral." (The Horn Book Guide)
Tilt is the second Ellen Hopkins novel I’ve read, and I confess that I’m a fan.
Primarily the novel focuses on Mikayla (an unexpected pregnancy), Shane (reeling from his... Read more
Oh Ellen Hopkins, the things you can do with your words...
I am glad that I read the companion book Triangles before I read this one. Read more
I love all of Ellen Hopkins books and her writing style is something I also find interesting. She deals with some rough topics in many of her books and I admire her for being able... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kristen
I have been hearing about and seeing Tilt and Ellen Hopkins for the longest time, and I finally came across her books when I was at the library recently. Read morePublished 2 months ago by mamelotti
Wonderful book, it really covers a lot of issues that people need to be more aware of. Would have been a five star rating but it ends abruptly with us wondering what happens for... Read morePublished 4 months ago by ColieeR.