Kw-logo-smaller

Book Review: Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

Aug 13, 2012

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

Mikayla

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. Her boyfriend Dylan thinks he knows all the tricks when it comes to sex. According to him, even without protection, Mikayla won’t get pregnant if they do it a certain way. Well, Dylan was wrong and now Mikayla is knocked up and determined to keep the baby. But where will Dylan stand with Mikayla’s decision?

Shane

Shane’s life is a constant struggle. He’s gay, and his father refuses to support him. Meanwhile, his 4-year-old sister Shelby has Type 1 SMA (spinal muscular atrophy), and quite frankly it’s a miracle that she’s still alive. While Shane’s mother spends all her time worrying and caring for Shelby, his dad becomes more and more absent from the family. Then Shane meets Alex, a guy who might actually bring some light to his dark life. There’s only one problem - Alex has HIV.

Harley

Harley wants to be adored. She wants to be looked at, gawked at, checked out the way guys do to her best friend Bri. Unfortunately, Harley is a little bit chubby. So she goes on a diet, loses weight and sudden attracts the attention she’s always wanted. But soon she begins to succumb to peer pressure from boys, doing things that she shouldn’t be doing at 14. And suddenly the attention she always thought she wanted isn’t so appealing after all.

The Bottom Line

Ellen Hopkins is a master storyteller. She captures teen problems as if she were still a teen herself. With each page written in poem format, the book is a rather quick read - much quicker than it looks from the outside given its 600+ page length. But with three different stories to follow, readers will undoubtedly find something to relate to.

Have Your Say

What's your favorite Ellen Hopkins book? Tell us in our comment section below!

 

4 Comments

latest videos

Poll-confidence

How confident are you?

  • Very confident! Nothing and no one can stand in my way.
  • I'm sometimes confident. My confidence is affected by the people around me.
  • I'm usually confident unless I have to do something totally out of my comfort zone.
  • I have no confidence in myself.

related stories

Micro_rotandruin-micro
In a post-apocalyptic world, 15-year-old Benny Imura must learn the art of zombie hunting from hi...
Micro_betweenthelines-micro
Bestselling author Jodi Picoult takes her first stab at teen fiction with an irresistible story t...
Micro_aheroforwondla-micro
Eva Nine visits her own kind in the majestic city of New Attica in A Hero For WondLa, the sequel ...
Micro_planettad-micro
Join Tad as he journeys from the 7th grade to the 8th grade in Tim Carvell’s quirky novel about a...

Random in the forums

littlesweety123
"Jelly3" wrote: "littlesweety123" wrote: Mr.BoysRock50, Hmm i'm not telling u  wat do do and wat not to do  I'm just debating u and i too know wat is protein and even u can find it easily  in vegetables can't u?  ok then search for it in google   Just answering the last sentence, yes, there are proteins in pulses and vegetables, just not a lot. Non vegetarian food has way more proteins.   yes there r proteinsin non vedge but   u will get non vedge by buying it right  but dont forget  when u r giving money to the seller u will get chicken but there is no value for life of any living bieng
reply 4 minutes
Jelly3
Jelly3 posted in Debating:
"littlesweety123" wrote:Mr.BoysRock50,Hmm i'm not telling u  wat do do and wat not to do  I'm just debating uand i too know wat is protein and even u can find it easily  in vegetables can't u? ok then search for it in google Just answering the last sentence, yes, there are proteins in pulses and vegetables, just not a lot. Non vegetarian food has way more proteins. 
reply 9 minutes
Jelly3
Jelly3 posted in Say Anything:
"iamalive" wrote:5 Lol  If you're 5, that makes me 6 :p
reply 19 minutes
Jelly3
Jelly3 posted in General:
Reading, family, friends, photography, music, holidaying, swimming, cycling, walking, kidzword, internet..the list goes on. 
reply 20 minutes
viti
viti posted in General:
"Jelly3" wrote: "viti" wrote: Phone I didn't say phone, I said phone case. xDok  
reply 25 minutes

play online games