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Full Tilt

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  5,824 Ratings  ·  595 Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Blake has always been the responsible one in his dysfunctional family -- the one who drives safely, gets good grades, and looks after his wild younger brother, Quinn. Quinn is his brother's opposite -- a thrill-seeker who's always chasing the next scary rush, no matter what the cost. But Quinn and Blake are in for the surprise of their lives when they're t ...more
Hardcover, 201 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (first published January 11th 2003)
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Nerdy_Author04 It depends if u have a newer version or hardcover ect. It's pretty short mine is 201 pages
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Will M.
Jul 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Buzzfeed Books
What happens when you are suddenly pulled away from the real world, and plunged into a carnival where your soul can be claimed? Blake needs to decide between his own safety, or his brother's. Every decision counts, as the carnival awaits for his defeat.

Most YA horror are formulaic, and this novel proved no different. A guy has to save someone in a world full of his fears. I honestly didn't care about his fears and the not-so-scary carnival rides, but the characters, or at least some of them, wer
Neil (or bleed)
"To be completely helpless in the face of life-- powerless to do a single thing-- that's what I'd always feared more than anything."


Neal Shusterman is my favorite author and I promised myself I will read all his books (even his earlier novels) as long as I can find a copy. Fult Tilt is one of his earlier novels and my 12th book of him.

The time I started the book and it was in an amusement park and this is a suspense-thriller of sort, I thought this will be something like Final Destination,
Final rating: 4/5 stars


I love Neal Shusterman.

Especially after reading Bruiser, Unwind and UnWholly (i really need to find time to read his other books-especially skinjacker :D). I love that his works are always deep and quite psychological. Full Tilt didn't disappoint.


This is a story about trauma, despair, guilt and much more. It's a ride through the fears of all people who get stuck in that carnival.

Like i said, it is quite psychological, bec
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*


Except when they're trying to steal your soul.

Neal, Neal, Neal. How I love you. Yes, in the creepiest way possible. As in, I want to stalk you to get your autograph.

Seriously, though. This is the ... 9th book by Shusterman that I've read, I believe. None of his books have disappointed me. They're all amazing. If you haven't read any of his books, I suggest you read Unwind, Bruiser, and the Skinjacker Trilogy (Everlost, Everwild, and Everfound) above all. But even thou
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To Full Tilt είναι ένα βιβλίο περιπέτειας για παιδιά κι ένα ελαφρύ ψυχολογικό θρίλερ με πρωταγωνιστή τον δεκαεξάχρονο Blake.

Σε ένα λούνα παρκ με εφτά παιχνίδια που θα τον φέρουν αντιμέτωπο με τους φόβους του θα βρεθεί ο Blake και μέσα από αυτά τα παιχνίδια,θα βρει ή θα χάσει τον εαυτό του.

Ο Blake είναι από τους πολύ συμπαθητικούς χαρακτήρες,έξυπνος και ψύχραιμος,δεν αφήνει κανέναν πίσω του,προσπαθώντας έτσι να επανορθώσει για το ατύχημα που συνέβη χρόνια πριν και τον καταδιώκει. Οι αντιδράσεις
Apr 12, 2016 rated it liked it
[3.5 Stars] I really liked the messages as I always do with Neal Shusterman books. I think he addresses some of them better in some of his other books though like self image and confronting your past, and I think it was too short to fully pull me into the story and make me feel for the characters. I liked Blake, but he'd forget about his friends and brother a lot which I found weird since his brother is the whole reason he's there in the first place. Overall I'm still happy I read it and I think ...more
May 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! This was my first time reading Neal Shusterman, and I was not disappointed!

The main plot revolves around a kid named Blake, who is going off to college at an Ivy League school. When he goes out with his friends, he meets an irresistable girl named Cassandra, who promises great thrills at her theme park. Strangely enough, one of Blake's friends says that the park appears to never be in the same location twice. He finds when he enters the park that he must ride seven rides that represent his
Nov 17, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ylenia by: Booktube
Shelves: 2015-reads
I finally finished this. After one month I menaged to finish 200 pages of pure nothing. I didn't have any expectations but it was a pointless read.

First of all: this book should have at least 400 pages. Not 200.
It doesn't make any sense since the plot is all condensed and the pace was weird and there was no time for character development or anything like that.

Second thing: this wasn't scary. The rides weren't scary. Nothing was scary or creepy or whatever.
I just felt awkard through the entire
Full Tilt is about a boy named Blake who is headed in the right direction. Seems like everyone in his life is off-track including his 'living-for-the-thrill' brother and his boyfriend hopping mother. But not him, Blake's going to college, has his life mapped out and is basically someone you can depend on. He seems perfect really. The only problem is he's hiding a dark secret...nothing evil or haunting, but its a secret he keeps from everyone. He holds the guilt of being the lone survivor of a ho ...more
"They say you never know who's the real hero and who's the real coward until you're looking death in the face. I've always been afraid of plenty of things, but fear isn't what makes you a coward. It's how depraved your heart becomes when fear gets pumped through it."

As usual, Neal Shusterman novels don’t just entertain you with their creative worlds or realistic characters. They also make you question some aspect of your life or your world. This one handles fear and the ways it can change peop
murphy ✌
4 / 5

a bit shorter than my usual read, but it managed to find a really great fast pace and stay really entertaining. bumped up a star bc i'm always a slut for creepy carnivals :)

full review for this and all the other books i've got waiting for reviews to come next month (hopefully irl stuff will be less hectic then)
Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unwind was supposed to be the book I’m reading first from Neal Shusterman, but when I saw this in our bookstore here in my place, I immediately grabbed this undoubtedly since I was told before by a reader that Shusterman is such an amazing author. So who do you think can resist of searching for his books after hearing such a word?

Blake fears something and he fears to admit that it’s the rides he fears to get in. Some are meant to be survivors, some are not. And some are meant to be a single surv
Mar 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mind = blown.

Okay, so maybe I'm a little biased because of my obsession with Neal Shusterman, but this book is amazing! I read this book during a reading slump ... in one sitting. So you know it had to have been good. The one thing that I kept thinking about during the whole book was "This book would make a great video game!" And it would. It could be almost like Dante's Inferno, only not with the whole Deadly Sins thing, but with the seven rides.

I found there wasn't much character development,
Apr 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventure type readers
Full tilt, an adventure filled, rollercoaster ride of a book. Packed with twist turns ups and down loops and thrills, kept me reading the book. I rarely read books but from the title catching my eye and its extreme back ground of colors, it’s really an awesome book. The book had me on the edge every time I picked it up, not wanting to put it down. It’s filled with the excitement and themes to keep me wanting to know what’s going to happen next. I happen to like the book so much that I had put my ...more
Aug 25, 2014 marked it as on-hold  ·  review of another edition
Where the heck was I when this book was published? Nonetheless, excited to finally read it. :)
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I think a legitimate argument can be made that Full Tilt is the point where Neal Shusterman really began "putting it all together" as an author, melding the fascinating metaphysical nature of some of his earlier material (The Eyes of Kid Midas, for example) with the powerful emotional impact of his first novel, The Shadow Club, to create a ride like nothing else before in the history of young-adult literature. Once Neal Shusterman really found his groove, he became awesome on a whole new level, ...more
Full Tilt is an interesting book. At first glance it looks like a typical Goosebumps-style young adult novel about teenagers being sucked into a paranormal amusement park. Fortunately (although that could be cool), this book goes beyond that to explore its characters, or at least its protagonist, in more depth.

Blake is a sort of bland, generic overachiever with some secrets in his past when the book opens. Using the plotline of an amusement park run by a mysterious, otherworldly figure, Shusterm
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club, 2015-books
I finished this book a couple of hours ago and started reading it a couple hours ago... Let's just say I really thought this was really great!! I loved the idea and it reminded me of so many good ideas and it is a lot like Shustermans other books. Fans of ever lost will like this book a lot. I really loved how this was about a shy boy who has to face his fears in crazy unimaginable amusement park rides. This was really different and cool and was a quick good read for anyone looking for something ...more
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in middle school. It was for an AR (Accelerated Reading)thing I thought it was dumb at the time because at the time I hated reading. But I got this book and loved it. Like I said it was in Middle School when I read it so I really can't remember all of it but I do remember it was an awesome book. It was so freaky all the way through, a thrill to and I loved it all the way, it was just amazingly awesome.
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought Full Tilt was an exciting book, with lots of twists, turns, ups and downs just like the roller coaster of a book it should be. This book hooked me with interesting characters and carried me up with an amazing climax and then dropped me down into small backstories and self discovery that was well deserving of my 5 star rating.
Oct 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was good. It made me want to keep reading! Some parts were kind of boring.
Rachel Lightwood
Umm, this was too weird for me. I love Neal Shusterman, usually, but this just went over my head. RTC.
Hazel West
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting and exciting supernatural story. Neal Shusterman always comes up with such strange ideas haha, but in this case it worked. The whole thing about getting caught in a crazy carnival run by a sprit of chaos sounded like something that would happen to Sam and Dean in Supernatural. I enjoyed Blake and Quinn's brotherly relationship, it was angsty and touching at the same time. I would have liked a little more resolution at the end of the book, but overall it was a good read and enterta ...more
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: supernatural
Well, I am a bit conflicted about this book, so the rating might change after I let it sit for a day or two.
Still, an amazing story and oh, Neal, do I love you for making me happy with everything you write! This is my ninth book I read from you and you never fail to make me feel whole. I'm currently sending beams of love to envelope the future autographed copies of all your books that I'll someday own!

I want! I need! Gimme!
So, a day later..
I think in the end, I'll give it five stars. And not j
Duffy Pratt
With apologies to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who himself appears to have taken the phrase from Henry Miller, this book presents a Coney Island of the mind. The amusement park is also a kind of dreamscape, but the goal of the park is to trap and use souls for further development of its rides. The hero, Blake, has one night to get through seven nightmarish rides. If he dies along the way, he gets absorbed into the park for eternity. If he hasn't finished his quota before dawn, then he becomes a carney ...more
Zach Kotner
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author's purpose of writing Full Tilt was to give people an idea of how a sixteen year old can get over his fear and accomplish greater things in life. The author shows how a sixteen year old would react to family being split up or having an austic brother in the family. The style of this book is using descriptive sentences and okay dialogue that expressed the plot of the book. The audience does feel how Blake feels if the audience is in his situation and its pretty common in some families i ...more
Kyle Swearingen
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman.
Young adult fiction.
Amusement parks, rides, family, school.
Mostly teenagers in high school. Maybe some middle school.

(Plot Summary) At the beginning of the book we meet Quinn, Maggie, and Russ. At first they were at an amusement park and Quinn lost his hat on a ride called the "raptor". So then, Russ, and Maggie both go try and find Quinn because Quinn is trying to find his hat. They weren't sure on where it was. But then they got it, and after that they go to an
Feb 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book starts off fast, wasting no time with detailed introductions. This does result in a bit of confusion at the beginning, but not to worry, it's all cleared up through the rest of the book. It's a real roller coaster ride (pun not really intended ;P) of a book, suspenseful and thrillingly spooky in all the right places. In terms of characters, some of them are really compelling, while others are left slightly flat. Unfortunately, one of those flat ones, in my opinion, was the main charact ...more
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I read this book, I was blown away. The Imagery is amazing, and you can imagine the book the way you want while still getting the storyline. The way that Neal projects the images onto your brain is amazing, something I've seen in only one other book-the hunger games. The detail is put into the story in a way that you get it all but can still imagine it in any way you want. My favorite part in the book is (view spoiler) ...more
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Award-winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age. After spending his junior and senior years of high school at the American School of Mexico City, Neal went on to UC Irvine, where he made his mark on the UCI swim team, and wrote a successful humor column. Within a year of graduating, he had his first book deal, and was hired to write a movi ...more
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“They were the screams of riders torn apart by the twisted reflections of their own inner selves.” 30 likes
“Who am I? The sum of your dreams, the thrill you refuse to grasp, the unknown you fear.” 17 likes
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