Tilt by Alan Cumyn

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...Tilt is a novel with a blossoming story arc emphasized by Cumyn’s ability to use the words in ways that count. He weaves originality into an otherwise clichéd plotline but fails to deliver an emotional connection between the reader and the characters.
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Stan is an intense sixteen-year-old loner who desperately wants to make the junior varsity basketball team. And it seems that he may be about to do so, until he’s blindsided by the unexpected attentions of Janine Igwash. Suddenly Stan is no longer thinking about jump shots. Instead he is obsessed with Janine’s spiky hair, her milky white shoulders and the mysterious little tattoo at the base of her neck, not to mention the heat of her breath, her dark eyes, wide hips and . . . Sometimes Stan’s imagination runs so wild he wonders whether he might be going crazy. That would be par for the course given his home life. His mother is dating the feckless Gary, and his little sister, designated gifted but a holy terror, is acting out. Then Stan’s father arrives on the scene with Stan’s four-year-old half brother, and things become truly insane.
 

About Alan Cumyn

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Alan Cumyn worked for eight years for the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board, writing on international human rights issues. He taught in the People's Republic of China and in Indonesia, and ran a group home in Toronto. He lives in Ottawa, and Losing It is his first book to be published in the United States.
 
Published July 26, 2011 by Groundwood Books. 288 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Catherine Gao on Dec 16 2011

...Tilt is a novel with a blossoming story arc emphasized by Cumyn’s ability to use the words in ways that count. He weaves originality into an otherwise clichéd plotline but fails to deliver an emotional connection between the reader and the characters.

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