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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; First Edition edition (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416983309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416983309
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.3 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

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.

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"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)

More About the Author

I was adopted at birth and raised by a great, loving older couple. I grew up in Palm Springs CA, although we summered in Napa and Lake Tahoe, to avoid those 120 degree summers. After my adopted parents died, I did find my birth mother, who lives in Michigan with my half sister.

I studied journalism in college, but left school to marry, raise kids and start my own business--a video store, before the mega-chains were out there. After a divorce, I met my current husband and we moved to Tahoe to become ski bums and otherwise try to find our dreams. At that time, I went to work for a small alternative press, writing stories and eventually editing.

When we moved down the mountain to the Reno area, I started writing nonfiction books, many of which you can see here. The rest are viewable on my personal website. I also continued to freelance articles for newspapers and magazines.

All that has changed, with the publication of my novel, CRANK, which has led to a valued career writing YA novels in verse, all of which explore the more difficult situations young adults often find themselves in. Will I ever write one in prose? No doubt! But, for the moment, writing novels in verse fulfills two needs: writing poetry and writing fiction. The combination is so interesting!

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann Downing on September 12, 2012
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I am a huge Ellen Hopkins fan. I devour her books the way to do a bag of cookies...I can't stop unit the bag is empty (or the book is finished.) She is that compulsive a read. Having read all her other books, I am accustomed to her multi-story line format involving three of four main characters whose stories intersect. TILT is no different. This time around we have nearly 18-year-old Mikayla who is sure her love for her boyfriend is so strong that nothing can break it. Thirteen-year-old Harley is caught in the most awkward of situations, halfway between childhood and teenhood, with her off-and-on dad marrying a woman that appears to understand Harley better than her own mother. Then there is Shane, experiencing his first love with HIV positive Alex. All these characters are compelling and you care about what happens to them.
What prevented me from awarding this book my usual 5 stars is the plethora of secondary characters who have their own stories. All of these characters are interconnected in some way...blood relatives, friends, friends of friends. Not only that, but each of the parents of the three main characters have their own dramas. Breaking with her usual form of telling the story through the first person characters of her main characters, this time Hopkins let's everyone have their say. Helpfully, the book designer reminds us that these are "outside observers" by placing their chapters on greyed paper. After awhile with all the cousins, and aunts and uncle, boyfriends and girlfriends, and a posse of friends for each of the characters, I began to wish the book had included a dramatis personae to keep them all straight.
Additionally, Hopkins covers a ton of hot button topics...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cheryl johnson on June 29, 2013
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I enjoyed the whole book up until the end. She left off with some intense situations and didn't give us closure or answers. I'm a huge fan of Ellen Hopkins, but I definitely think the ending could have been better. It sort of ruins the rest of the story because it builds up so much. It's almost as if the climax is at the very end, and the intro is the entire book. Maybe there will be
a sequel? I hope so. I do recommend this because it covers many important topics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By brianna on January 29, 2013
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I gave this book 4 stars because like all of Ellens books, it's a masterpiece, both in the story itself and the poetry in the writing. I couldn't wait to read it, and once I got it in my hands I just drank it in. But it seems like there wasn't any real closure in the end. Not like a cliff hanger, but more of an unfinished thought. Either way though the book was great! And I loved it :) <3 <3 <3 I would definitely recommend it to teens over the age of at least 16 our 17
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mysti Dewees on November 23, 2012
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It was a wonderful read, although I wish she would've gone deeper into the story regarding Mikki and what she was planning on doing with her daughter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ChelseaKaylynn on September 23, 2012
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Ellen Hopkins has been my favorite author since i first picked up Impulse, which was the first book of hers that i read.

i highly recommend that before reading this book, that you read the book, Triangles. Tilt shows the point of view of the children involved with Triangles. Tilt writes about the struggles Shane, a homosexual 16 year old, is faced with when he falls in love with guy who is HIV positive and also loses his little sister.Tilt also describes the trouble a 13 year old girl, Harley undergoes as she tries to gain the attention of boys. Lastly, Tilt describes the hardships of Mikayla who becomes prrgnant and decides to keep the baby- even though the boy shes so desperately in love with threatens to leave if she doesnt abort the child.

its truly a great read! you wont regret reading it!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Farmer on September 18, 2012
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I love Ellen Hopkins books and I was so excited to read this book. Once are started the book I began to feel like I already knew the characters and it turns out that they are the children of the woman in Ellen Hopkins book Triangles which is an adult book. I was so excited for the connection. I love the book and can't want to share it with all of my friends. It was a great great great read
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Raven DeLajour on December 20, 2012
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After having read Triangles by Ellen Hopkins earlier this year, I was pretty excited for her follow up, Tilt. While Triangles revolves around the lives of the adults, Tilt focuses on the teenagers. The writing is intense and brutally honest in some spots, and the teens have their own set of issues to trudge through.

Overall, I really like the story. Unfortunately, there isn't really anything that surprises me since I already read Triangles. It's interesting to see things unravel through the teens' eyes, though.

At the end of the novel there is a special note by the author. Toward the end, the author recommends that teens wait until they are in a committed relationship to have sex. Again, why is this necessary? While it is commendable that she is warning teens of the dangers of unprotected sex, why not just advise teens to use protection? There is nothing wrong with having sex if one is not in a relationship. One needs to protect themselves, though. Be safe. Take care of your body. So reading that at the end is a kind of a let down for me. One can still get HIV, an STD, or get pregnant in a committed relationship.

All in all, a good story that I read rather quickly. Perhaps I read into the story a little too much sometimes, but I believe that reading is a very personal experience so everyone is going to feel something different. Ellen Hopkins is a great writer with much talent and realism.
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