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Review: Tilt

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tilt by Ellen Hopkins
Release Date:  September 11, 2012
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderberry Books
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardback
Pages: 604
Buy the Book:  Amazon


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.

 You guys may remember my recent review of Triangles. Tilt takes the story in a totally  new direction, with the children of the ladies from Triangles. I purchased these 2 books together, thinking I needed to read them both in order, and that is so not the case! I assumed that Tilt would pick up where Triangles left off, and it doens't really. I'd say a good half of the book takes place durring the events of Triangles, but from the perspective of their children. I felt like this was interesting to see both sides of the story and how it impacted not just the parents, but the children too, and vice versa.

I utterly adore books told in verse, and there is no doubt as to Ellen Hopkins huge talent at telling vivid stories in a non conventional way. She also has a knack for tackeling difficult, and hard subjects to talk about, and turning them into a work of art. She is a brilliant author!

For me, having just finished Triangles and jumping into Tilt, this was not quite what I was hoping for. Triangles was so raw, dark, and it totally went there. I thought in Tilt maybe it would lighten up a little or get better for these characters. In that respect, I was disappointed. While Ellen's work and writting is amazing, I would like to see something a little different from her in the future.

I'm not asking for a fairytale, but maybe... a little less darkness and problematic lfiestyles. Just sayin! All in all the writting was brilliant as usual! Just felt a little repetative as to the MO of the story.

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