Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Teen Review: Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

Please welcome our newest teen reviewer who also happens to be a fantastic volunteer at Central, Rimjhim! 
Teen Review: Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

Mikayla is sure she’s found a love like her parents once shared years ago. But, as she gets grounded more often for sneaking off to see Dylan, the love of her life, she gets more desperate to keep him from leaving her. As events take start to spiral after a careless night, Mikayla must decide who she loves more: herself or Dylan.

Shane is openly gay and thinks it’s time to find love. But his town does not accept him as he is, so he decides to look online and finds someone. But when the boy he meets and Shane’s dying sister are linked to the hideous element of nature, Shane must choose whether love is enough.

When Harley visits her estranged father and his girlfriend, she meets the first boy who’s ever paid attention to her rather than her gorgeous best friend. As she’s guided by her need for affection, Harley learns just how far she will go for love.

As the teenage-version of Ellen Hopkins’ novel Triangles, Hopkins composed this book with three points of view, each depicting one of the three original leading ladies’ children. We are shown the consequences of their parents' actions. As these three characters go on their own paths towards love and deceit the audience grasps just how connected these characters are to one another.

Though this is a sequel, it is not necessary to read the first adult novel in order to follow what's happening in Tilt. Despite the novel’s big page count, it is actually a very speedy read. This book is perfect for anyone who loves thought provoking and fastpaced novels.

The talented poet, Ellen Hopkins, puts her wonderful work of poetry into novel form, making teenagers all around the globe share deep connections with the youthful and relatable characters. Although the book is written with poems, it is surprisingly effortless to understand. As the plot begins to develop it becomes completely engaging, making it tremendously difficult to put down.

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