Thursday, February 7, 2013

Review of Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

Tilt is a young adult novel written by Ellen Hopkins. It is the companion to the adult novel titled Triangles.

every time i read Ellen Hopkins' books, i feel my heart reach out to each of her characters only to have it broken by their troubles. but by the end of each book i find a little ray of hope that they will get through their obstacles and come out stronger. this has never been more prevalent than in this novel.

Tilt is about three teens who are dealing with life as best they can. Mikayla has the kind of love her parents lack until personal mistakes threaten to take everything away from her. Shane is dealing with first love and a family loss in all the wrong ways. Harley is a good girl who isn't sure how far she'll go to be a different person. and i am trying to not tear my hair out while reading this book. Hopkins' always writes in a way that makes me uncomfortable. it's a car crash that i can't look away from. i feel sympathy for these characters while wanting to punch them in the face for all the stupid decisions they're making. Harley was the worst. she was the one who let herself be victimized the most. and yet i related to her out of all the characters. her story just spoke to me. she was the most annoying but the most human.

i love the poetry in this book. as always i read it easily and found different ways to read each "chapter" and found hidden meanings through the characters' voices. i especially enjoyed the black pages after each character's chapter told in a side character's point of view. Alex, Shane's boyfriend, was the best to me. i really got both sides of their relationship and it really had me rooting for them. i wasn't aware that this book was a companion to Triangles. now i'm all the more excited to read it.