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Tilt Paperback – February 11, 2014
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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"
About the Author
Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of thirteen young adult novels, as well as the adult novels Triangles, Collateral, and Love Lies Beneath. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she founded Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative. Visit her at EllenHopkins.com and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsLit.
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Mikayla, Shane, and Harley’s lives are detailed in this novel, and all of their stories are interesting. I felt compelled to read this book because I was going through my own crisis during the time, and my life was beginning to tilt, just like these characters’. And while I felt for pregnant Mikayla and love-torn Harley, I especially felt the pain in Shane’s story. As told in my bio, I believe that love is love. Shane is homosexual and dating an HIV positive man, which is very challenging and emotional. He also has a terminally ill sister, and finds himself spinning out of control due to his life circumstances.
One thing I love about Hopkin’s work is that she makes reading time go by fast. This is no short book, but I felt like I finished it in 5 minutes. I was so captivated by the poetry and twists that I could not put it down.
I am yet to read the prequel to this novel, mostly because I’m so hung up on this one.
If there was one thing I could change about this book (even though I loved it) it would be to conclude it with more feeling. Did Mikayla ever give the baby up to Shane’s parents? I would love to see a 3rd book written just for the sole purpose of learning more about these kids.
Well done, Hopkins. I’ll be reading your new YA in January.
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. It really saddens me how blind she was because she was so wrapped up in other things. I admire Harley though, by the end of the book she's only 14 yet she comes out of it with a sort of positive attitude and decides she wants to try and move on.
I was really interested in finding out more about Shane and who he was after being introduced to him in Triangles. He comes off as this sort of douche at first but in Tilt we find out what a sweet person he really is. Even though his father tells him time and time again how he's committing sin and how he's going to hell he still has faith that God accepts him for him and that He will be waiting for him on the other side which really made me respect and admire him. Alex and Shane's relationship is sort of like a beautiful disaster. At first it was just beautiful but then something really tragic happens to Shane and his family and even though Shane won't admit it he goes into a downward spiral and becomes depressed. While dealing with this tragic loss he losses himself and pushes his bestfriend and boyfriend away. I loved how Shane's story ended in this book. Through a huge loss his family becomes closer and starts too work out their problems. His story was definitely bittersweet but I loved it.
Mikayla and Dylan believe they have this love that is unbreakable and at first it seems that way. This story frustrated me because it seemed like Mikayla was always grounded but I guess that's normal for a teenage girl with a boyfriend, huh? After Mikayla discovers she's pregnant Dylan decides to be, excuse my language, this huge pussy and run off and yet he still claimed that he 'loved her more than ever'. PLEASE can someone explain this to me? How exactly is it you love her more than ever yet you leave her and end up giving her an ultimatum of you or 'it'. Yes that's right people, he called their baby an it. Her story feels unfinished to me, we don't find out what happens to her or the baby. Also, just to throw this in there I think Tyler is crazy to do what he does but I find it incredibly sweet and he's definitely a lot less of a pussy compared to Dylan. If you're wondering who Tyler is, read the book and you shall see!! After saying that you might be wondering why I gave the book five stars, it's because all of the things that happened within Mikayla's story happen to girls who get pregnant in real life. It just frustrated me so I had to rant and I also think parts of her story remind me of when my sister got pregnant at 19, the dad decided not to stick around either and I have a lot of anger towards him so I relate.
I really enjoyed this book and even though I wanted to try and pace my reading I just couldn't.
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.