Summary (from Goodreads):
“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.”
Like her other novels, Tilt is incredibly wrenching. If you can get through this without crying at least once, you may have no soul. (I cried at least three times.)
Even so, ALSO like her other novels, Tilt is amazing.
I generally don’t like books with multiple narrators because I tend to prefer one to the others and get impatient to return to that one narrator. While I definitely was drawn more to Mikayla’s story than to the others, all three main stories were equally riveting.
I notice that she’s starting to write more series books and I hope there’s going to be a sequel to this. I want to know what happens with Harley, especially. (But also Mikayla and Shane and especially Alex.)
Ellen Hopkins’ books are so amazing. I wish I had better words for them, but just trust me—if you haven’t read her, you need to. And buy tissues for when you do.