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Tilt / Ellen Hopkins.
First Margaret K. McElderry Books paperback edition.
Publication Information:
Simon & Schuster 2014

New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2014.
Physical Description:
603 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
Includes reading group guide.
Three teens, connected by their parents' bad choices, tell in their own voices of their lives and loves as Shane finds his first boyfriend, Mikayla discovers that love can be pushed too far, and Harley loses herself in her quest for new experiences.
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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 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.

Author Notes

Ellen Hopkins was born in Long Beach, California on March 26, 1955. She started her writing career with a number of nonfiction books for children, including Air Devils and Orcas: High Seas Supermen. She has written about 20 non-fiction books. Her first novel, Crank, was written in verse and met with critical acclaim. Her other fiction works include Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Tilt, Collateral, Smoke and Traffick, which made the New York Times Best-Seller list in 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

The world is changing for teens Mikayla, Shane, and Harley, who were introduced in Triangles, Hopkins's novel for adults. Mikayla thought she found her true love with Dylan, but that changes quickly when one night of carelessness turns into a lifetime commitment. Harley has always been the good girl, but after altering her looks and behavior, she finds herself in way over her head. Shane, who has come out as gay, experiences first love with Alex, who is HIV positive, after they meet online. But when his four-year-old sister dies, Shane spirals out of control. Hopkins has never pulled any punches when it comes to the reality and grittiness of her characters' lives, and this book is no different. The audiobook is narrated by Kirby Heyborne, Madeleine Maby, and Rebekkah Ross. The use of multiple narrators make it is easier to keep track of who is speaking, and these three do a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life. VERDICT Hopkins fans will pick up this book without a second thought; listeners who enjoy realistic teen-themed works will want to give it a try as well.-Jessi Brown, Huntington City Twp. P.L., IN (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Tilt 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. Excerpted from Tilt by Ellen Hopkins All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.