Monday, November 26, 2012
Tilt by Ellen Hopkins
Three teens, three stories—all interconnected through their parents’ family relationships. As the adults pull away, caught up in their own dilemmas, the lives of the teens begin to tilt….
Mikayla, almost eighteen, is over-the-top in love with Dylan, who loves her back jealously. But what happens to that love when Mikayla gets pregnant the summer before their senior year—and decides to keep the baby?
Shane turns sixteen that same summer and falls hard in love with his first boyfriend, Alex, who happens to be HIV positive. Shane has lived for four years with his little sister’s impending death. Can he accept Alex’s love, knowing that his life, too, will be shortened?
Harley is fourteen—a good girl searching for new experiences, especially love from an older boy. She never expects to hurdle toward self-destructive extremes in order to define who she is and who she wants to be.
Love, in all its forms, has crucial consequences in this standalone novel.
Ellen Hopkins has once again written a great novel. Then again, I don’t think I have ever read a bad book written by her. Tilt follows the teenagers from Triangles and gives their point of view. The book would be quite confusing to read if you haven’t read Triangles. However, I think you could read it as a stand alone if you had to. The plot was smooth. The point of view switching was a little confusing at first but got easier to understand the further the book progressed. I loved how the reader got to see Shelby’s point of view at the end of Shane’s chapters. Mikayla and Shane’s stories were quite interesting. I didn’t really care for Harley’s story but it was necessary to the plot. I though it was cool how everyone’s story came together at one point or another. I would love it if the author would write a sequel. I would like to know more about what happens to Alex and his disease. I would also like to know how Mikayla deals with being a mother.
I give Tilt: 5/5.
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I borrowed this book from the library. I was in no way compensated for this review.