Review: Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

15870399Tilt by Ellen Hopkins
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genres: Young Adult, Poetry, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 608
Rating: 5
Date Read: 14/05/2014

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 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 that 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 standalone novel.

This book is told by three different teens; Shane, Mikayla, and Harley. They take turns telling their stories. Ellen Hopkins uses her mastery of sensory words to make a perfect world where the characters can always find their place to fit in in the world.

with each character comes a new story of hardship or heart break. Each character is unique and has a story to tell, you feel like you actually get to know each person personally, whether its the gay couple or the troubled children or the teen pregnancies.

In this story, Hopkins focuses on 3 teens from 3 very different families, but, of course they all intertwine in some way. Mikayla is almost 18 and is completely in love with her boyfriend, but, as she discovers something she never expected would happen, she finds herself faced with the true nature of Dylan and is forced to make an impossible decision. Shane is sixteen and is ignored by his parents because his little sister Shelby is incurably, deathly ill. He is dating Alex, who is HIV positive, but also the best thing to ever happen to him. Harley is 14. She lives with her mom, but wants to spend more time around her dad now that he met someone new who has a 16-year-old son Harley is swooning over.

I’m always floored by how much Hopkins can actually fit into her books, especially since she writes in prose-poetry. You’d think this would take aways from her stories, but it really just adds so much more.

I loved everything about this book. It’s moving; it’s real; it’s heartbreaking; it’s well-written; it’s evoking; it’s wonderful. Hopkins does a fantastic job of encompassing what it’s like to be a young adult and is able to make anyone feel exactly how it feels to be on the verge of adulthood.

I loved all these characters, and really felt for them. Hopkins captures the idea that everyone’s life and battles are exclusively their own. They are all different, and they are all valid. The realistic characters make this book even easier to compulsively read.

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