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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)

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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: 5 x 2.1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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12 of 13 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marianne Lee (Boricuan Bookworms) on May 22, 2014
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I’ve only ever read Perfect by Ellen Hopkins, and I absolutely loved it. When I faced Tilt, I thought I had another great book in my hands.

What really ruined this book for me was the fact that I could not get emotionally invested in the characters’ lives.

Mikayla never really spoke to me. I couldn’t understand her romance with Dylan. I really couldn’t see their romance as anything other than a very unhealthy co-dependency. Mikayla’s every thought was about Dylan, and about how she could twist and turn and bend herself in every which way to make him happy. We only start to see real character from her when she finds out she’s pregnant, and even then she’s over the top, jealous, petty and immature. I really wished throughout the whole book that someone would give her a reality check, because her chapters were definitely very difficult to tolerate.

Harley got on my nerves more than anything. She's is tired of being a “good girl”, so she wants to change that. Harley does so many things that I really wish never to read again. I’m 18, and seeing a 14-year old make so many subsequent bad decisions was agonizing. I ached to be her mother and slap some sense into her. All I can really say about her overall outcome is: it was expected.

The only point of view that I really enjoyed was Shane’s. Shane’s story was the one that captivated me the most, and the one that didn’t make me want to roll my eyes most of the time. Shane and Alex’s relationship was so different and so genuine from the other relationships in this book. They had to overcome religious parents, judgmental peers, health issues, mental disorders, etc.
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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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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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