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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.

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Gustpaw padded up to his mentor, Darkfur. "Can we go hunting, Darkfur?" He asked his mentor. "Now?" He asked in disbelief. "We just got back from dawn patrol, and training right after!" He said. Gustpaw didn't care, he was full of energy. "Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease, Darkfur?" He pleaded to the dark brown warrior. "Oh, go catch a bird!" Darkfur spat and walked off. So he did.    The next day after hunting, Gustpaw asked Darkfur if they could go and train with the other apprentices. "No, I'm tired from hunting and dawn patrol this morning," he said, sleepily. "Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease, Darkfur?" He whined to the broad-shouldered tabby. "Go catch a bird, apprentice," he said and stumbled to the Warriors' den. So he did.   The next day after training, Gustpaw asked Darkfur if they could go on evening patrol. "No way! The way you hunted earlier was horrible! A deaf rabbit could have heard you!" He scolded. Gustpaw flattened his silver ears. "May I please try hunting again?" He asked politely. "Later," his mentor said. "Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease, Darkfur?" He pleaded desperately with sorrow in his eyes. "Go and catch a bird, you scrap of fur!" Darkfur ordered, angrily. So he did and didn't come back.    The next day after Darkfur returned from hunting, he went to the Apprentices' den. "Has anyone seen Gustpaw?" He asked, not seeing his fluffy, light gray apprentice in the den. "I haven't seen him," Berrypaw said, her dappled tortoiseshell pelt glowed from the sunlight between the branches of the gorse bush. "Neither have I." Oakpaw answered him. "Me either..." Sparrowpaw replied. "I hope he's okay!" Featherpaw burst out. "Huh?" Darkfur asked as Berrypaw padded over to comfort Featherpaw. "Gustpaw will be okay," she reassured Featherpaw. Featherpaw just scuffled her gray paw on the ground. "C'mon, he's strong, brave, swift, smart, and loyal. He'll be fine and he'll return eventually." Berrypaw reminded her. "I hope so," she replied. Suddenly, her eyes burned with a new fire. "We have to find him!" She said loudly. "I'll find him if it's then last thing I do!"   Search parties searched every little bit of ThunderClan territory, but they hadn't found Gustpaw.   At the Gathering, ThunderClan's leader, Gingerstar, asked the other leaders if they had seen Gustpaw. "RiverClan hasn't, right?" Ripplestar asked his Clan. They shook their heads. "Redstar?" She asked the ShadowClan leader. "Haven't seen him," Redstar answered as ThunderClan started to worry. Featherpaw started up at the leaders on the rock, praying to StarClan that WindClan saw him. Gingerstar asked WindClan's leader. "I'm sorry, Gingerstar, but we haven't seen him." Hawkstar answered. Featherpaw stared up in disbelief. "Gustpaw!" She yowled in sorrow. "He can't go, he can't! I refuse to believe he's gone, he has to be somewhere! Oh Gustpaw, oh Gustpaw! StarClan, why?" She wailed like a queen who's kit has died. Darkfur leaned over to Leapfoot, Featherpaw's mentor. "What's wrong with her? I suppose it is sad that we lost Gustpaw, but why is she making such a big fuss over one apprentice?" He asked her. Leapfoot looked at him like he asked her if hedgehogs could fly. "You honestly haven't noticed yet?" She asked him with a mrrow of laughter. Darkfur tilted his head, clearly unaware of what Leapfur's talking about. "You stupid furball!" She said playfully. "Featherpaw has been into Gustpaw for moons!" She said, getting more serious. "I bet her heart feels broken." She says and quietly adds "Like mine." She said, talking about Drizzlepelt, her mate who died in battle with RiverClan. She stood frozen in place, staring up at Silverpelt. The moon made her sand-colored pelt glow, but Darkfur knew she didn't feel as radiant as she looked right now. He looked at her and then to her apprentice, both staring up,at Silverpelt, both lost their mates. Suddenly, realization hit him like a thorn in his pad. I caused both, Drizzlepelt and Gustpaw's deaths...   Once back at camp, Darkfur went to his nest in the Warriors' den. He laid down and closed his eyes. He had provoked RiverClan by chasing a rabbit over the border, accidentally which killed Drizzlepelt. And he had been a piece of pure fox dung to Gustpaw which chased him away, probably into StarClan. He had caused both their deaths and their mates didn't know it. He sighed and lay there with his eyes open, staring into nothing.   At moonhigh, Darkfur wriggled silently out of the Warriors' den and exited camp through patch of gorse near the nursery. He ran out of the ravine (yes, this is in the forest) and ran through the trees. He was running the direction of RiverClan. Once there, he pelted along the borderline until he reached The Gorge. "I don't deserve the respect ThunderClan gives me. Leapfoot and Featherpaw dot deserve to be broke-hearted. Drizzlepelt and Gustpaw didn't deserve to die." He paused. "But I do." And jumped into The Gorge.
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