Sunday, October 21, 2012

Tilt by Ellen Hopkins (CBR-IV #41)

Cannonball Read IV: Book #41/52
Published: 2012
Pages: 608
Genre: Young Adult

Ellen Hopkins is one of my favorite YA writers. She doesn't dumb her books down like some YA novels and although she knows how to bring the drama, there is still a sense of realism with these kids and their lives. 

Tilt is a companion novel to Hopkins' previous novel, Triangles. Triangles was her first adult novel that was published last year. Tilt reverts back to her normal teenage characters, but this time they're the children of the main characters in Triangles. 

This book mainly follows three teens: 

Mikayla: A senior who finds out she's pregnant with her jerk boyfriend's baby.

Shane: A gay teen with a tumultuous home life. His 4-year-old sister is dying from a disease she was born with and his parents marriage is on the rocks. Now they are dealing with Shane coming out and his HIV-positive boyfriend. 

Harley: A younger teen who becomes infatuated with her older soon-to-be step-brother. 

Overall, I liked this book. Some of it seemed a little redundant because it's pretty much the same storyline as Triangles, but from the perspective of the kids. It's different enough to not be boring, but there aren't any huge surprises because most of the bigger things were spoiled if you'd read the companion novel. It definitely could be read as a stand-alone book though. 

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