Tilt by 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."- summary from Amazon
I read Triangles (Hopkins' adult debut) last year and have been so excited for this YA companion novel since finishing it. Reading Tilt really made me want to re-read Triangles because I remembered certain moments (both major and minor) and wanted to remember what the adults were thinking during that moment. I did get Triangles out of the library and started to read it, but haven't really been able to fit it in unfortunately. I do want to get to it soon though before my memories of Tilt fade, lol.
Anyway, Tilt is another great Hopkins book. I love reading her verse and getting to know these characters through their own perspective. I particularly enjoyed Shane and seeing what he was going through and thinking during all these events. What I also liked was in between each perspective shift, there was a poem from a prominent side character that had appeared in the perspective just ending (so a poem from Dylan would follow Mikayla's "chapters").
I always look forward to reading Hopkins' books because she tells such great stories. Please give this one a shot and if you're old enough, read Triangles too (it's definitely an adult book, so be prepared).
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