Tilt

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Love—good and bad—forces three teens’ worlds to tilt in a riveting standalone novel from #1 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 worlds of the teens begin to tilt.

Mikayla, almost eighteen, is over-the-top in love with Dylan, who loves her back ...

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Overview

Love—good and bad—forces three teens’ worlds to tilt in a riveting standalone novel from #1 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 worlds 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 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 wrenching story from Ellen Hopkins.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this companion to Hopkins’s adult book, Triangles (2011), the author offers a gripping novel-in-verse about teens whose lives shift dramatically because of sex. High school junior Mikayla is in love, but her relationship with her boyfriend is tested when she gets pregnant. Shane, 16, is dating a boy with HIV and coping with his four-year-old sister’s incurable illness. Harley, a freshman, starts experimenting with drinking and drugs, as an older boy pressures her to have sex. Readers unfamiliar with Triangles may have trouble tracking the characters’ interlinked relationships, but Hopkins’s many fans will find plenty of authenticity, especially in Harley’s story (“I’m Running/ With a fast crowd and I’m not/ sure how I got here... I never expected to go/ this far”), and appreciate the author’s clever touches (the closing words/lines of the three narrators’ sections lead into single-page poems from the POV of other key characters). While these stories are not quite as compelling as those in Hopkins’s previous books, readers will likely move through this installment just as quickly. Ages 14–up. Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Sept)
From the Publisher
"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

The Horn Book Guide
"By turns poised and visceral."
SLJ
"Graphic, bitingly honest, and voluminous verse."
SLJ
"Graphic, bitingly honest, and voluminous verse."
VOYA - Beth Karpas
This novel-in-verse switches voice from one poem to the next, from the four-year-old girl who cannot speak, to the twenty-something accompanying her mother to meet a sister she never knew. Most, however, are teenagers: the gay boy, his teen lover, the pregnant girl, her lover, her sister, her best friend, the boy trying to steal her virginity, and on. Some have one poem which furthers the plot as it inexorably follows their lives. Some have many poems, central characters whose internal thoughts are as much the engine of the story as their actions. One would think the range of characters would be enough of a challenge, but the author also tackles a wide range of traditional teen fiction dramas: teen pregnancy, HIV, illness, adoption, physical abuse, sexual abuse, divorce, rape, stepfamilies, abortion, religion, death. And yet somehow, everything flows together. What should feel like a contrived soap opera, feels real—sad, sorrowful, but very real. The "tilt" of the title may refer to this book's position as a companion novel to the author's adult book, Triangles. It may also refer to the way the reader feels, as she is tilted from one story to the next through the poems. It also refers to the physical construction of some outstanding poems in the book, ones which can be read linearly, but which have some words pulled out of lines, to be read vertically for yet another view. This is a long book, but the poetry makes the pages fly, and it is well worth buying, reading, and sharing. Reviewer: Beth Karpas
Children's Literature - Enid Portnoy
Teens often have a difficult time expressing their emotional ups and downs, especially when they are searching for a companion to help them understand how they are feeling and reacting interpersonally. When comparing new companions with their own parents’ choices for a mate, the differences may be confusing. This book is a collection of adolescent writings about the difficult and often stressful decisions teens make in their search for a compassionate person to help them find the right answers. They experience love and loss, pats and blows to their egos and desires. Parents might want to read this thick book before handing it over to their adolescents. Many of the situations and feelings discussed may be tough to confront. Topics include school problems, student-teacher relationships, grievances about parents, and getting in trouble with the law. As one student suggests, it is not possible to fix some of the relationships, but this book may help start a discussion of delicate and private feelings related to relationships and how to handle them. The book is written in a poetic style, yet it does not mince words to give readers a sense of the deep pain young people often feel. The book is a companion to Hopkins’ TRIANGLES. It is narrated by three young teenagers dealing with such topics as teen pregnancy, adoption, and chronic illness. A reading group guide is included as an addendum, to encourage libraries and reading groups to invite teenagers to speak and listen to each other. The book is not for the faint of heart, or for those who never thought to ask teenagers about how they view their lives. It almost feels like a private diary of three different young people whose lives are tilting. The main characters are brutally honest and direct when describing their intimate problems which appear to be insurmountable. Reviewer: Enid Portnoy; Ages 14 up.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—A companion to Triangles (Atria, 2012), Hopkins's recent foray into adult publishing, Tilt fleshes out the stories of the children of Marissa, Andrea, and Holly. Mikayla cannot imagine loving anyone more than Dylan, yet when she becomes pregnant she begins to understand the limits of that love. Shane finally feels fully himself with Alex, but when mortality bears down on him in the form of Alex's HIV and his own terminally ill sister, it all becomes overwhelming. Harley wants nothing more than to be noticed by guys, even if it turns her into someone even she can no longer recognize. In Hopkins's usual style, the characters' lives are described in graphic, bitingly honest, and voluminous verse, all attributes her fans have come to expect and love. In that regard, they won't be disappointed. Yet this title might not work quite as seamlessly for those who chose not to follow her into the realm of midlife issues in Triangles. The mothers' stories weave in and out frequently enough to impact the narrative, yet because they are not fully developed here, they lend a feeling of loose ends hanging in the background. Ultimately, though, readers will care most about the clear, anguished voices of the teens.—Jill Heritage Maza, Montclair Kimberley Academy, Montclair, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Less artistically sharp than most of her oeuvre, this newest from Hopkins will nonetheless hook fans with its addictive pain and quick-turning pages. Mikayla, almost 18, sneaks out to have lots of sex with her boyfriend. Shane, 16, falls for his first boyfriend, who's HIV-positive. Harley's a 13-year-old late bloomer (for this community) striving not to be. How many real issues can one book hold before soapiness ensues? Alcohol, drugs, rape, infidelity, emotional disconnection, terminal illness, homophobia, teen pregnancy--etc. Threads among the three protagonists (Shane and Harley are cousins; Harley's best friend is Mikayla's sister) expand into a web of multiple narrators from greater Reno, which dilutes focus. Conversely, it supplies a potent variety of first-person perspectives, from Shane's 4-year-old sister Shelby, unable to walk or speak because she has spinal muscular atrophy, to weed-seller Lucas, prowling for "virgin meat." Hopkins' fast-paced, free-verse poems, conveying bare shards of thought, work best for characters who are dissociated (Impulse, 2006; Identical, 2008); here, as in Perfect (2011), the characters are more bored, angry and struggling than dissociated, so the format's a mismatch for--and gives mixed messages about--their level of emotional presence. Brimming with shoes about to drop (some do, some don't) and the drama her fans devour, this will (and should) point them toward Triangles (2011), an adult-aimed version from the protagonists' mothers' perspective. Why not? (Verse fiction. 12-18)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416983316
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 2/11/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 31,123
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Tilt, Smoke, and Rumble, as well as the adult novels Triangles and Collateral. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she has founded Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative. Visit her at EllenHopkins.com and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsYA. For more information on Ventana Sierra, go to VentanaSierra.org.

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Read an Excerpt

Mikayla

My World Tilted

Completely off its axis the night

I hooked up with Dylan Douglas.

It was New Year’s Eve—five

months ago—so maybe part of that

earth-sway had something to do with

the downers, weed and cheap beer,

a dizzying combo on an empty stomach.

What I know for sure is, when he came

slinking up like a cougar—all tawny

and temperamental—something inside

me shifted. Something elemental.

I, probably the oldest prude in my whole

junior class, transformed into vamp.

When he smiled at me—me!—I knew

I had to make him mine. I would

have done anything. Turned out, all

I had to do was smile back. Just like

that, we belonged to each other.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    To the person who said it was "innapropriate" :

    I suggest you shut up. Ive read every single one of ellen hopkins books, and i dont regret them one bit. Shes a talented author, who writes about serious real-world issues. Shes amazing at what she does. These books are phenominal. Ill be a fan of hers until I die. She writes these things because she can, and because these are things that appeal to mist anyone. Ajd i niticed you dont recommend it to 12-14 year olds, but say its okay for 16 and up. What about me? Im 15. If you dont like these books, you obviously dont get the message she sends out, and yiu have bad taste in genre.

    30 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    DO NOT READ!!!!!! (SEXUAL CONTENT) HORRIBLE-ISH???

    This book is actually quite innapropraite. I would say read this if you are a MATURE OLDER TEENAGER (16-19). This is definatly nit a book for younger teens(13-14). I only read where it says the girl strips off her panties and puts him inside her...i mean if you WANT to read that by all means...go ahead but i never did and never will read this...simply because of the sexual content. It is a truly really innapropriate book...DO NOT READ!!!!!!!!!!!

    11 out of 90 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Doesnt work

    I bought this book on my nook and it doesnt work buy the real thing

    9 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    LOVE but read "Triangles" first

    HOPKINS did it again! I've read all her books and this one is just as amazing.
    It goes along with Triangles (even tho TILT starts where it was middle of TRIANGLES) so definatly read Triangles first.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    One of the greatest author's out there. Ellen Hopkins is an outs

    One of the greatest author's out there. Ellen Hopkins is an outstanding writer. I've read every single one of her books. Yes, these books are intense. There's  sex, drug use, cursing, the whole 9 yards. But those elements are what make them so raw, real , and captivating. If you are too immature to handle it, don't leave the book a bad review. These books leave you speechless in the best way possible.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    The was one of the better books I have read and I feel this was

    The was one of the better books I have read and I feel this was an honest portrayal. Shane, Mikayla and Harley come from homes that are broken. They try to find love they don't have at home. Their lives are changed throughout the book.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    Why banned?

    Mistake in genre classification

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    hope its good

    ive started reading ellen hopkijs novels and welll theyvare so real they dont make up some childish romance and i just love how the format is in beautiful poetry some people say it is disgusting but that means you are just too immatyre to handle real stuff.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Great book, and great read highly recommended if you a fan or lo

    Great book, and great read highly recommended if you a fan or love her books!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Love Ellen Hopkins

    Outstanding story of three problem teenagers. Love her writing.
    Cant wait for the next book to come out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    Perfect

    Every chapter was a page turner. Could nit put the book down. I am 18, and i could relate to both Mikayla and Harley! Reading this made me cry. Mikayla turns out to be pregnant, and Dylan walks out on her. That made me cry because what IF that happeed to me? Deff freaked me out, and got me making up situations in my head. A must read book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Amazu Amsz Amazing until the end...

    I absolutley love ellen hopkins book and this book did not, dissapoint. However the end was so annoying! None of the three charcters stories were wrapped up and it was left open to interpretation for pretty nuch everyone

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Renyoner

    I can never put this book down sadly to say this reminds me of people i know today

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Spot on with today's society.

    I'm 16, and the looming threat of deseases and teen pregnancy are everywhere. I finished the book in less than a day, and couldn't stop reading. It makes you reconsider your own past decisions. I really hope there will be a sequel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    I wish i was the one stripping off my panies

    Hey im not usually saying this but i think im high or maybe im having one of my horny breakdowns im single , im mexican, im fifteen, i live in texas and my name is ...................jk i dont want a rapist knowing so um just be my nook friend that i probably wont meet and you can be there when i have one of my breakdowns (;

    1 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Anonymous

    I basically regret reading any of ellen hopkins books. Theyre too mature for 12-14 year olds. She almost encourages teen sex

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Loved it!

    This book was amazing even though by the end I was crying like a little girl. It gives the reader a bitter taste of reality andrealize that every story doesn't have a happy ending. Either way its in my top ten next to the book theif!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Great!! When can I expect a sequel???

    This book was absolutely ahmazing. I couldn't put it down from the second that I started reading it. Ellen Hopkins does a wonderful job of captivating you and pulling you into the story so deeply and so quickly that you have no choice but to keep reading! As if you'd want to do anything else! I am someone who just flies through books, particularly love stories while looking for love myself, and I have to say that this is one of, if not THE best book I've come across so far. I'd recommend it to anybody and everybody, because I feel like this is a book where all people can connect to in some way. I will be waiting at the edge of my seat for a sequel, I can hardly wait! Ellen Hopkins, this is WONDERFUL, give us more!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Loveit!

    Im in love with this book. Ellen is a very talented writer and i agree with many of u she writes about real world topics. I enjoy romantic novels but i loved this one! Im 12 i understood the book but i wouldnt suggest reading it untill atleast 8th grade.
    Make it a point to read this book. Ive also eard that the rest of ellens books are amazingly writen too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    Amazing as usual!

    Ellen Hopkins never fails to make a good story by addressing controversial topics and real life situations. I think this book is so moving (like every one of her books) because it touches on things that could happen to any of us!

    This book is about teenagers, but I'd recommend it to anyone.

    I also loved how it connects to her other book Triangles but is still a wonderful book and understandable on its own.

    I love Ellen Hopkins's books and would tell anyone to read them!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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