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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 (233 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This book tells the tradegy of three families, the stories are told from the point of view of their young teenage children, shows the hardships they go through as well as the way they choose to handle the situation. Life is always hard, but how far can someone go before they break when their world has tilted to the point where it can't be fixed?

Anyone who is an Ellen Hopikin fan, loves poetry or the style of poetry and just wants a good book to read should definately purchase this book. Upon reading this book, I couldn't put it down, I wanted more and the ending came much too quickly for me to handle. I wanted more and was disapointed that it ended, it leaves you amazed and compleately shocked.

Not only is the story good, but the way it is written, this is a fantastic book for critical thinking and analyzation. Please highly consider this book when you are shopping. I hope you have a great time experiancing it as I did. I will definately be purchasing mor Ellen Hopkin in the future, she is truley gifted.
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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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When I review a book I usually jump right in, but with this book I wanted to sit and think about how it made me feel and why I enjoyed it so much. If you haven't noticed, which I doubt you haven't, I'm a huge fan of Ellen Hopkins. I appreciate the fact that she writes about real life problems, that her stories don't always end with happy endings, and that when they do it's not some outrageously impossible happy ever after. I appreciate the rawness of her writing and how I've been able to connect with at least one character in every single one of her books not including the one adult book of hers that I did read, Triangles, although I definitely could relate to certain parts of Triangles story. So I hope that the sitting and thinking helps me get my point across about why I enjoyed this book so much and why I recommend it to anyone and everyone. I'd also like to point out that I loved how Ellen incorporated little pages/poems for the supporting characters so readers got a sense of why they did what they did and how they felt, props to you Ellen!

Tilt is one of those books that has you smiling and laughing one second and then crying the next. I think I related to Harley the most because she's like every other teenage girl. She just wants to be accepted, loved, and enough for people. Sadly she takes to acting out in a negative way to get that attention, she doesn't realize that some people never truly see the beauty in others and accept them for who they are. I don't want to give anything away but what happens to her is tragic and I felt my heart break a little bit while we watched her in this downward spiral. After realizing what was going on with her I can't believe that her mom, Andrea, didn't realize how her daughter was self destructing in Triangles.
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