Publishing Date: September 11th, 2012
Genre: YA Contemporary, Verse
Pages: 604 pgs
Source: borrowed from the library
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I have loved all the books I have read by Ellen Hopkins thus far so I was excited to read Tilt. It is a companion novel to Hopkins' adult novel Triangles which was a bit racy at times. This novel is a young adult novel and it focuses on the teens that were introduced to us in Triangles. The book parallels the story in Triangles and at first I thought this would be great but as I kept reading I found that I wasn't as interested in the story because I kind of knew what was coming. The big reveals for Triangles were not so big reveals for Tilt. I think that if you read this novel before you read Triangles it would be quite good. There are so many issues in this novel that at times it seems like there are too many jammed into one book. It just seems like you can't fully dive into the issue because there are too many to fully go into detail. I suppose that this could be because teens face each of these issues all the time. They don't just have to deal with one at a time but several different things are present throughout their teen years: teen pregnancy, STDs, bullying, dieting, date rape, ect.
I enjoyed this novel but I wouldn't say that it's my favourite book that I've read by this author. Again, it doesn't have anything to do with the writing style. I love reading verse books because I find that you can read them in so many different ways, depending how they're laid out/presented. You can also read them fairly quickly. Overall I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. It is a great story but it was one that I had already read. I think that many will enjoy this novel as much as Hopkins' others.