Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

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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.

About Ellen Hopkins

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Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, and Perfect, 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.
Published September 11, 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 610 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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,...

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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.

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Teen Reads

Hopkins based the teens in this book off of characters in TRIANGLES, an adult novel --- perhaps it would have been easier to organize them in my head if I had read TRIANGLES first.

Sep 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Tilt

Common Sense Media

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that, like Hopkin's other books for teens, Tilt features gritty material, including rape, HIV, teen sex and pregnancy, the death of child, a suicide attempt, drunk driving, and more.

Sep 11 2012 | Read Full Review of Tilt

Huntington News

Ellen Hopkins has turned her free-verse novel "Triangles" around at least 180 degrees, telling the story of three Reno, NV-area families facing midlife crises, from the point of view of teens Mikayla, Shane and Harley in "Tilt" (Margaret K.

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Kidz World

Three teens - connected by family and fate - struggle through some of life’s most devastating hardships in bestselling author Ellen Hopkins’ latest novel Tilt.

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Kidz World

High school senior Mikayla thinks she has it all - good looks, great friends, the perfect boyfriend - until one day her world is turned upside down.

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Joined by memorable characters from the first three books — some lovable, and some who are terrifying and evil — Modo and Octavia dash towards a thrilling conclusion.

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Project MUSE

"My family got hit by a crazy bomb five years ago, and nobody's been anywhere near sane since," says sixteen-year-old Stanley, who's been the anchor for his wildly imaginative little sister and mercurial mother ever since his father detonated that bomb by leaving the family.

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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 g...

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