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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,
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Hardcover, 608 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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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
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Alyssa
Aug 18, 2016 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
After reading Crank by Ellen Hopkins (and loving it!), I was worried that Tilt, or any of her other books for that matter, wouldn't live up to my expectations. I absolutely loved Crank, so I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least, to find out that I actually liked Tilt even more than Crank. I'm a sucker for multiple narrators, so I loved reading from so many people's perspectives. I think Tilt was very well-written, and Ellen Hopkins continues to blow my mind with her beautiful, raw writing. ...more
Nancy
Jul 20, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
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
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
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Colby
Feb 28, 2012 Colby rated it really liked it
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.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Aug 08, 2013 April (Aprilius Maximus) rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
This was so different to anything I've ever read before and I really enjoyed it. The only thing that bothered me was that it felt like there were so many characters that I was always thinking, wait who's this again? But the messages of HIV, sex, drugs, pregnancy, sexuality and family issues were dealt with so well and it was really refreshing to read something that dealt with these in such an open and honest way. Brilliant. I can't wait to read more of her work.
Beth
Aug 06, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, teenfic
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
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Emily
Sep 01, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 28, 2012 Kenley Bunch rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
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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Mason
Aug 27, 2014 Mason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite Hopkins novel, but still very good. It probably would've been better had I not found Harley extremely annoying. She's one of those 13 year old girls who think's she's an adult and the kind that I whisper 'please no' under my breath when I see them in public.
Shane and Mikayla however managed to carry the rest of the story. It was interesting seeing the views of two men in a relationship where one of them is HIV positive, something I've never encountered in a book before. And Mikay
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Melissa See
Jun 15, 2011 Melissa See rated it it was amazing
Oh my God...Shane and Alex...Ellen Hopkins, I love you.
Taylor
Jan 19, 2013 Taylor rated it it was ok
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
Janie Johnson
Jun 28, 2013 Janie Johnson rated it really liked it
Tilt by Ellen Hopkins is a companion novel to her adult novel, Triangles that I read back in 2014. I did enjoy this book quite a lot and again it is a very thought provoking, emotional and engaging read.

In this novel we read about Harley, Shane, and Mikayla, who are the children of the characters in Triangles. This is their stories and how they perceived their lives, and the ups and downs of every day living as they deal with teen pregnancy, adoption, HIV, chronic illness, and loss. Also we as t
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Nicole
Dec 01, 2012 Nicole rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
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
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Michelle
Aug 27, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: personal-library
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
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Victoria Tsonos
Apr 07, 2013 Victoria Tsonos rated it really liked it
This is one of my favourite of EH books I have read to date. I really enjoy when she writes from fewer POV's; 3 is definitely enough, but if it is more than that I don't feel as involved with the stories. These 3 perspectives felt different than the other stories I have read. I felt that they were way more family oriented, which I really like because it felt like I was following multiple family's journey, instead of just the main characters. It deals with intense issues, typical to EH writing st ...more
Shelley Daugherty
Dec 06, 2012 Shelley Daugherty rated it it was amazing
Since I am a teen librarian I already know what I am getting into when I pick up any book by Ellen Hopkins. I found this book actually covered a multitude of issues which was quite an undertaking even for Hopkins but somehow she made it work. I have to say this book I really really enjoyed. The issues the characters are dealing with are all very real the only problem I had was that since the main characters are related (or friends) that how could all of this go wrong for so many interconnected p ...more
Lauren
Jun 04, 2013 Lauren rated it did not like it
I
can't get excited about
the kind of "poetry"
Ellen Hopins writes. I

didn't
like a single character
and not one of them
had a unique poetic voice;

like
maybe just one could have
tried to rhyme instead of just
having some overdramatic,
arrogant word pattern like

this
and I'm so glad I
don't know Ellen personally so that
I don't have to politely pretend to like her

book
when I really think it's
the literary equivalent of a painting
that is supposedly modern art but
is more like something any poser
might have made.
Courtney Lavallee
Oct 08, 2012 Courtney Lavallee rated it it was amazing


I love everything Ellen writes. I can relate to all of her books in a way, but this book... It moved me. It changed me in a way I can't explain. This book wasn't just her usual drugs, sex, teenage angst book. This book opened up doors I never thought she'd open. Tilt startled me by how much little things change a person forever. I felt as if I were all three main characters. I felt the way Mikayla felt; I loved the way Shane loved; and I changed the way Harley changed. Tilt is an amazing book a
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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.
Kim
Nov 04, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: fun-reads
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
Meg
May 31, 2013 Meg rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
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
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Julie
Nov 03, 2015 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-books
HELLO GOODREADS! I am back! Finally! I know what you're thinking - I suck. You're right.

Thank you Ellen Hopkins for dragging me out of my weird book funk. Tilt is the type of novel that is such an important read for young adults/high schoolers/teens/tweens/anyone who is between the ages of 12-19. Hopkins portrays teenagers so accurately and honestly, without making them sound like giant, hormonal, bumbling idiots. Instead of agreeing with the masses and making us (I say us, because I myself am
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Cheryl Anne
3.5/5 Stars

If you've never read a book by Ellen Hopkins, she writes about hard to discuss/digest topics, which is why I love her books so much. She's never afraid to tell a story - and Tilt was no exception. While I did really enjoy this book, it wasn't my favorite of hers, but I can't exactly put my finger on why. It may be because I wasn't a fan of 1 of the 3 main characters or it could have been that she has set the bar so high with all of her other books. Either way, I'm still really glad I
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Michelle
"Every word an author writes causes ripples, like tossing a stone into a pond. And you don't know where they'll go, or who they'll touch, or when they might come back to you. I think everything you do is kind of like that, too."

Brutally, heartbreakingly realistic. Perhaps that's why I had a bit of a hard time reading it. It contains brutal truths about humans and life that I think a lot of us would prefer to not think about or even acknowledge its existence.

It was a little hard to grasp the w
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danielle.rock
Feb 26, 2015 danielle.rock rated it liked it
This book had a pretty good story line, and I really enjoyed how it switched characters every chapter to keep you hooked and to add dimension to the story. The ending wasn't too bad, although it was very predictable. Some parts in it took me by surprise but overall I didn't get the wow factor, although it wasn't a horrible book. I love the writing style, and I've read Ellen Hopkins before, all her books are written in poetry. I enjoyed that most in this book; the writing style.
Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes)
Oh Ellen Hopkins, the things you can do with your words...

I am glad that I read the companion book Triangles before I read this one. This one goes out a bit further than that one. It was so nice to see where things kept going for the ladies even though it was through the eyes of the teens.

I was able to connect with the characters. I felt the emotions. I didn't really want it to ever end.
Maggie Moritz
Aug 17, 2012 Maggie Moritz rated it really liked it
4 stars... I really enjoyed this book. It didn't feel as dark as her other books but I really liked that. I really liked reading about the three different characters. I recommend this book to anyone. (There are graphic sexual scenes.)
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Wow. I'm nearly speechless. I went on with zero expectations, and this book just.... Wow. I'll write more when I have wrapped my head around this book.
Sumney
Jul 24, 2012 Sumney rated it it was amazing
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
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