Tilt by Ellen Hopkins
18-year-old Mikayla has been in love with Dylan and can imagine herself with no one else. Dylan feels the same. Yet when their relationship becomes a bit risky and Mikayla finds herself pregnant and Dylan gives her an ultimatum; what will she do? Where will her loyalties fall?
16-year-old Shane has finally found someone he feels he can love; Alan. It is no secret to his classmates or family that Shane is gay, but Alan is HIV positive. Shane’s parents can not handle the additional stress in their life as Shane’s sister is already terminally ill and at the end of her life. As his mom spends all her time worrying and his dad turns to whatever relief he can find inside a bottle; Shane wonders if they will ever have time or love for him.
14-year-old Harley has been the type of girl her parents never had to worry about. She gets good grades and stays out of trouble. Yet when she starts to dress a little riskier she enjoys the approval of the boys who start to notice her, especially the older boy who gives her chills to think she has caught his eye. Of course, what Harley is taking as love, the older boy wants something completely different – and Harley is his target.
Three teens whose lives are about to tilt off course share their stories in first person perspective.
When I first heard of Tilt I liked the thought of each of these teens telling things from their first person perspective. I figured I would like this style of narration, I did not count on enjoying this read as much as I did.
Ellen Hopkins once again does an excellent job of getting inside the teenage mind and sharing with us their voices as they deal with the all so real topics of today: pregnancy, drug use, relationships… I found myself engaged in each story line as you did not only hear from these three main voices, but also from their parents, and their friends, and their relationships.
Listening to this on audio was a wonderful way to go on this one. Each voice was distinctive and I enjoyed hearing the emphasis and questions in these voices as they navigated through life making decisions and acknowledging the consequences of those decisions.
I really enjoyed this audio and while everything was not tied up in a neat little bow at the end, I don’t think it needed to be.
While Tilt is a stand alone YA book, it is actually a companion to Ellen Hopkins book, Triangles, which is about Mikayla, Shane, and Harley’s parents. Another brilliant move by Hopkins and now Triangles is on my list of books to read.