Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tilt- Ellen Hopkins

Title: Tilt
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Source: Borrowed from the library
Series: Companion novel
Rating: 5/5

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.

This novel is the story of the teenagers of the parents in her adult novel Triangle. I am not sure if it is technically a companion or not but that is what I classify it as. You do not need to read her adult novel to read this one, the only difference is you know more about that is happening with the parents  of the teenagers in this novel.

These teens are all connected, Mikayla finds out she is pregnant and her boyfriend Dylan is starting to pull away from her. She must decide what she wants to do. Shane has fallen in love with his first boyfriend, Alex. Shane knows that Alex is HIV positive, but he also understands his life will be shortened by disease like his little sister Shelby. Harley is fourteen and is becoming self-destructive. She wants to be loved by a boy but when she is putting herself into situations where she can be hurt.

I love how the plot continued on from Triangles. I really enjoyed her adult novel, but I found enough information was provided that I did not feel like I would have been completely lost without reading her adult novel first. I enjoyed seeing the point of view from the main characters and occasionally from secondary characters who provided a new perspective into the situation.

This book was fabulous, I always love her books but this one was one of my favourites of hers. I loved seeing these characters again, seeing where they were now and how they were dealing with things. I loved the character growth, especially from Mikayla who has to make tough choices about her life and her babies life.  I hope there will be further novels about these characters, I want to know things will go from here for them.

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