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Love—good and bad—forces three teens’ worlds to tilt in a riveting novel from New York Times bestselling author 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,...more
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
I am quite addicted to free prose novels, especially those by Ellen Hopkins. The only one, out of her published free prose novels, I haven't read is TRIANGLES which is an adult novel. I realized a long long time ago that they were all the same.

The plot, the characters - Hopkins keeps reusing them. There's always this one gay stereotype, a teenage pregnancy stereotype, a young innocent girl stereotype, and a druggie stereotype. At least three of them are always in her books.

Yet, I still read the...more
Sesana
Hopkins is one of the better authors of verse novels, in my opinion. I think she understands the strengths and the weaknesses of the medium better than most authors who try it. A good verse novel can totally immerse you in the thoughts of a character, giving you ever temptation, self-justification, and little white lie. Hopkins is usually quite good at this, especially when she's dealing with provocative subjects. Tilt is no exception here.

But she's starting to move towards all multiple viewpoin...more
Nancy
In order to completely enjoy Ellen Hopkins, the reader must read the books in the format they are written. The words are profound and written in verse. At the same time, the format provides layers to the stories. It's more of an art form than simply a novel or a book of poetry. For instance, one of the peripheral characters is writing from his point of view and expresses many different thoughts and feelings, when read completely. It makes complete sense and the voice stays in character. At the s...more
Colby
When I saw the cover tonight, I damn near exploded. GOD ELLEN I LOVE YOU AND I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS ONE!!! I'm sure it will be just as good as the rest of your books.

UPDATE:
I am now finished with the book, and I have to say it was one of her better books. At first, I was unsure of whether I would like it, but it picked up quite steadily and became a very powerful book. I enjoyed it a lot! Way to go, Ellen - another fantastic book.
Beth
You know why I like Ellen Hopkins's books? Because she writes about real teenagers, who drink and do drugs and have sex and hate their parents and love their parents and bully people or are bullied by people and are COMPLETELY NORMAL AND REAL. Not chaste beings who have inhabited the planet for 15 - 17 years without sullying themselves and wno are ever so surprised at the difficulties that come along their paths.

So in this book (which is written in poetry just like her others), there are three...more
Emily
Triangles brilliantly displayed how adults don't necessarily have all the answers they appear to, and their children are front row witnesses to both their triumphs and failures in Tilt. The story travels alongside the events of Triangles as seen through pregnant Mikayla (Holly and Jace's daughter), gay (view spoiler) Shane (Marissa and Christian's son), and on the cusp of teenagedome Harley's(Andrea's daughter)stories and extends to the aftermath of Triangl...more
Kenley Bunch
I don't know. This book kind of dissipointed me. I still liked it a lot but it didn't measure up to what I was expecting. I found all the different ties that Harley, Shane and Mikayla had to each other began to build up and become confusing, I really couldn't keep up with them after a while. I felt like I really understood the characters well and everything because so much time was spent catching you up with their life and everything, but the ending felt rushed and was so open ended.


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Melissa See
Oh my God...Shane and Alex...Ellen Hopkins, I love you.
Kim
While I have heard of Ellen Hopkins’ novel CRANK, this was the first of her books I read. I was surprised by the poetry format and feared that there would be no narrative. I was wrong. The stories of three teens flow seamlessly from poem to poem. Each character has their own sections narrated in first person. The poetry format helps to convey the alienating and overwhelming emotions the teens feel. My favorite poems were the black pages where the reader gets a small poem told from the point of v...more
Michelle
Call me a sucker for tales of misery and the unexpected terror of relating to a character in pain.
There is such a depth to the characters. The realness is punctuated with Hopkins' use of "real world" details.
Hopkins has always been able to write about tough, home hitting topics and "Tilt" is no different. There is a role for just about everyone to relate to in this book. Whether you're young or young at heart, playing with lust or discovering love, dealing with loss or watching from your windo...more
Dylan
Wow...Ellen Hopkins has done it again. Oh my god, so good.

Shane and Alex are my two favorite characters, and honestly, Shane's a lot like me in many ways. Harley was idiotic, but she's only 14, so it makes sense she's naive. Miki was very brave, but had her flaws as well. This story is so real...and I can relate to a lot of it. It's a must read, especially for the messages it tell. Ellen, I love you.
Misbah
I'm finished with Tilt: Started out reading this book as my "leisure book," but towards the end of reading it, I realized that this is the book that I want to right about because it so effortlessly connects with the belief I've now come to realize that the teenage struggle is actually a humanist struggle. Even as we are, we're still becoming. So how can one truly label the teenage struggle as... well, "teenage"?

3 different perspective from struggle adolescents whose lives almost intersect with...more
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Originally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.

Love—good and bad—forces three teens’ worlds to tilt in a riveting novel from New York Times bestselling author 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 Mi...more
Jessica Price
I loved this novel! Brilliant and juicy as ever. I am so glad that I read Triangles beforehand as well, and I definitely recommend it to any other readers who are interested. I only thought Triangles was great by itself. THIS makes it all complete.
Normally in her novels, Hopkins will choose three main characters and the points of view will change. In Tilt, she revealed other characters thoughts with one page poems, and who knew those poems could carry so much weight. They really added to the dep...more
Stephanie
My Summary: The lives of three teens are turned upside-down by love. Shane is openly gay and falling in love with his boyfriend Alex - who happens to be HIV positive. Mikayla is head over heels in love with her boyfriend Dylan, but the intense love between them may not be enough to keep him around when she gets pregnant. And Harley is just beginning her life as a teenager - she's 14, naive, and eager to please. All three will experience the ups and downs of love ... but will they be worse off fo...more
Tina Rae
Jan 03, 2013 Tina Rae rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ellen Hopkins fans
Recommended to Tina Rae by: Elizabeth
Honestly, I wasn't entirely sure how I was going to feel about this book. When I'd heard that it was a sequel, of sorts, to Triangles, I thought it would pick up where Triangles left off and give the rest of the story. When that wasn't the case at all, I was actually pretty disappointed.

Around the middle of this book, I wasn't even sure that I was going to continue reading since it just felt like reading the same exact story over again, just from a different perspective. That honestly didn't eve...more
Suzanne Eastman
Thank you First Reads for offering this book! I have to say that the first 200 pages left me unsettled. I struggled with the realistic and rather graphic display of sex, drugs and language which left me wondering if the publishers suggestion that this book would be appropriate for ages 14 and up. I was very concerned that the message this would send to teens might be somewhat negative.

So, I set the book down walked away for a couple of weeks, then went back and finished it. True to form the boo...more
Kim
4.5/5

I’ve wanted Tilt out ever since I put down Triangles. I greatly enjoyed reliving some experiences through the eyes of Mik, Shane, and Harley. Honestly, I probably related more to Harley than any of the others. I almost got caught up in similar stuff that she dealt with. Shane and Mik were still sweet, flawed characters. Probably my favorite part of Tilt was getting to know Alex better. That was an absolute treat. He might be my favorite simply because he had the best attitude out of everyon...more
Bree
This review is of the Advanced Reader's Edition of the book.

Tilt is a companion story to Hopkins' adult novel, Triangles. As I have yet to read Triangles, all of the characters in this book were new to me. Tilt follows the story of three teenagers, Harley, Mikayla, and Shane. Harley is 13 and desperate to fall in love for the first time. Mikayla is 17 and in the midst of the most powerful love of her life. Shane is 15 and starting his first real relationship while trying to escape his family dra...more
Nicole
Jul 13, 2013 Nicole rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Okay. I've been reading Ellen Hopkin's books for quite a while, and I do enjoy most of them. I gotta say, that I think I enjoyed Triangles more than Tilt. It's gotten to a point to where these stereotypical story lines have been done by her before, and it's getting a little tiring. My love for the prose hasn't changed though. It just seems incredibly unrealistic, at least Harley's story did.

I absolutely hated her story. I found it unrealistic in the sense that I find it hard to believe that a 1...more
Meg
I will start off this review by saying that I did not read Triangles by Ellen Hopkins. This book, Tilt is her adult novel Triangles from the teenagers perspectives accourding to Hopkins authors note at the end of the book. I kind of wish she had put that sooner. I thought it was going to be the same characters but a whole new chapter in their life. I still plan on reading Triangles because I did enjoy Tilt.

I thought that some characters were amazing. I loved Mikayla and Harley but I could have...more
Sumney
I can't believe I won this ARC, thanks so much goodreads!!

NOTE: skip down to the end of my review to see excerpts from Tilt. I've included two whole pages from the first half of the book.

Tilt is a companion to a preceding Ellen Hopkins novel called Triangles. You don't have to read triangles before you read tilt, though I would reccomend it. If you haven't read triangles please don't let that discourage you from reading tilt.
This is a book for teens written by an adult but (as I've said in othe...more
Cathy Nelson
This is the SWVBC choice for October 17, 2012. I've had a few kids at school ask if we are getting it, and yes, we are. I read through it and have my own reservations. The story is well written and easy to read. It doesn't sugar coat any issues, and covers all the topics students would be exposed to through any hallway conversations (teen pregnancy, date-rape, drugs, alcohol, homosexuality, bullying, and more.) While it it still reverberating (sp?) in my head, I'm still trying to see how each ma...more
Vanessa
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 teen...more
Taylor
I really did love Ellen Hopkins' earlier works, like Crank, Glass, and Impulse, but there are a few I didn't particularly like, and this was one of them (alongside Fallout, Burned, and Identical). The thing about these prose books is that the characters, realistic-ness, and the situations drive them. Scenery, detail, those things take a back burner as far as these stories are concerned. Sadly, this story falls short on both plot and character development, which drags the whole thing downhill rig...more
Abbe "The Awesome Senior" Hinder
I was expecting more from this book because the synopsis is really well written. Kind of a let down, it falls short and might disappoint. Sean is the most interesting to me because he has a lot more obstacles to overcome than Mikayla and Harley. He's different and strong in ways that not very many people think he's capable of. In her usual books, the characters jump off the pages. The main characters are pretty stiff and a bit lifeless. I wasn't freaking out the way I expected myself to. I didn'...more
Claudia
"Adults can get so caught up in their own problems, they lose sight of their kids. Keep believing we're angels when we're not." We saw the adults' problems in TRIANGLES...three women facing 40 with so many unfulfilled dreams. Their children were minor characters, and that felt so strange to me, having fallen in love with Hopkins' teens.

She was saving their stories for this book...TILT...and in slant, as in not seeing things straight on...bending the light, bending the truth. Mikayla and Shane an...more
Christi
Another book by Ellen Hopkins that is difficult to put down. She never disappoints. Tilt takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Up, down, around, and back again. The three main characters you develop a strong connection with have such intense inner struggles that it is hard to imagine how they will make it out all right. Some issues hit close to home, and others are far from any experience I have ever had…but that is what makes the book even more interesting and enticing. I began to dev...more
Dana
Not one of Ellen Hopkins best. I felt that there were too many characters that were too intertwined with one another, and I wasn't sure who belonged to whom.
This is the story of Shane, who is gay, has an alcoholic father, a distracted mother, a sister who will not live to see her 5th birthday due to a chronic illness, and an HIV boyfriend.
Shane's cousin Harley is 14 and looking to score. With anyone. When she meets her soon to be step-brother's friend Lucas, Harley realizes that she is in lust...more
Shana Loven
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APA Citation: Hopkins, Ellen. (2012). Tilt. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books.
Genre: Poetry or Verse Novel
Format: Print
Selection Process: Kirkus Reviews

Tilt tells the tales of the three teens introduced in Triangles, Ellen Hopkins’ first adult verse novel. Mikayla believes that the love she and Dylan share will survive any test, but an unplanned pregnancy shows her that sometimes love isn’t enough. Shane is struggling to deal with first love, an HIV-positive boyfriend, and a termi...more
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