Tilt By Ellen Hopkins

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction and Young Adult

Release Date: September 11, 2012

Pages: 604 (hard cover)

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.

(My Opinion)

I was expecting more from this book because the synopsis is really well written. Kind of a let down, it falls short and might disappoint.  Sean is the most interesting to me because he has a lot more obstacles to overcome than Mikayla and Harley. He’s different and strong in ways that not very many people think he’s capable of. In her usual books, the characters jump off the pages. The main characters are pretty stiff and a bit lifeless. I wasn’t freaking out the way I expected myself to. I didn’t freak out very much to be honest.

There’s too many people getting their share of opinions. Instead of  just the three main characters, there are a lot of secondary characters who get a page with their opinions on things (complete random shit that is irrelevant to the story by the way). At first it’s fine because the first few people who get their opinions told are important to the stories like boyfriends and family members. Somewhere in the middle of this story, I think that Ellen Hopkins ran out of steam and started giving completely random characters an opinion about things that don’t matter. The ending ruins most of the book. I wanted more but instead got nothing and I’m pissed off.

Tilt still has Ellen Hopkins’s special touch with the characters going through different problems and having different lives. I really like the writing style because it’s smooth and very graphic while still leaving the readers to use their imagination. Fans of her previous books might be disappointed. I wouldn’t recommend this book as your first Ellen Hopkins choice.

three ah 3.5 Dreamy Clouds

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#9

A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week.

Before I Die By Jenny Downham

 Favourite Quote: I love you. I love you. I send this message through my fingers and into his, up his arm and into his heart. Hear me. I love you. And I’m sorry to leave you.

The Unwritten Rule By Elizabeth Scott

 Favourite Quote: There are a million rules for being a girl. There are a million things you have to do to get through each day. High school has things that can trip you up, ruin you, people say one thing and mean another, and you have to know all the rules, you have to know what you can and can’t do.

Six Rules Of Maybe By Deb Caletti

  Favourite Quote: I shouldn’t have to be a liar to make someone love me. I shouldn’t be so afraid of losing someone that I’ll do anything to make them stay.

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#8

Tilt By Ellen Hopkins

 Favourite Quote: I don’t understand what sad means. It must be how you feel, like when you can’t find your smile.

Beautiful By Amy Reed

Favourite Quote: Maybe this is all love is and all it will ever be– boys fucking girls and pretending it’s love, girls getting fucked and pretending they like it, saying “I love you, too,” and wanting to throw up.

The Thing About The Truth By Lauren Barnhold

2/5-Out of all the books that I’ve read by Lauren Barnholdt (which is three), this story was my least favourite. Yes, it beat out Aces Up for number one book that sucked. I still can’t believe that I finished this book when all I wanted to do was put it down and never look at it ever again. (This review will be longer than my others because I have so much to say.)

(Summary from Goodreads)

Kelsey’s not going to let one mistake ruin her life. Sure, she got kicked out of prep school and all her old friends are shutting her out. But Kelsey’s focused on her future, and she’s determined to get back on track at Concordia High.

Isaac’s been kicked out of more schools than he can count. Since his father’s a state senator, Isaac’s life is under constant scrutiny—but Concordia High’s his last stop before boarding school, so Isaac’s hoping to fly under the radar and try to stay put for a change.

When Kelsey and Isaac meet, it’s anything but love at first sight. She thinks he’s an entitled brat, and he thinks she’s a stuck-up snob. So it surprises them both when they start to fall for each other. Kelsey’s happy for the first time in months, and Isaac’s never felt this way about anyone before…But nothing’s ever perfect. Everyone has secrets, and Isaac and Kelsey are no exceptions. These two may have fallen hard, but there’s one thing that can ruin it all: the truth.

(My Opinion)

The Thing About The Truth is told from the perspectives of Isaac and Kelsey. It’s told before and after the incident (Face It Down Day) in both of their perspectives. It was pretty cool that there were four mini stories in one book. But the idea was typical and boring, nothing stood out. The characters were choppy and annoying, I felt like Lauren Barnholdt didn’t develop her characters well and that the main characters were contradicting themselves as well as boring. Without many facts about their past. Out of the two of them, I disliked Kelsey the most because she was just plain annoying and whiny.

Kelsey Romando was the worst character out of the two of them with her trying to be a good student at the public school. The character of Kelsey wasn’t as good as she was trying to be, she wasn’t a bad ass either because she was kind of uptight. She was very annoying, whiny, and stupid for the most part. She told stupid lies and became attracted to Isaac because he was a ‘bad boy’.

Isaac Bernardo was not a bad ass. Yes, he did punch a few people but that was it. Lauren Barnholdt was trying to get the point across that Isaac was dark and mysterious but instead he was just a guy who listened to everything Kelsey told him to do (what kind of bad boy listens to what other people say?). Isaac quickly lost his interesting qualities once him and Kelsey got too comfortable with each other. He turned into a lovesick puppy too quickly and too suddenly that it annoyed me a lot.

The writing style was really annoying because it was written as if it was a diary, so they both talked a lot about things that didn’t matter. For most of the story, whenever it switched to Kelsey’s point of view, Lauren Barnholdt would start the chapter with the word, “okay”. Almost every time and I get pretty irritated about it. After reading the synopsis, this sounded pretty good but the story is almost completely different from what I thought it would be in a bad sense because the story was boring. Also, I wished that there was more drama and action surrounding “Face It Down” day. The whole story surrounds what happened that day but it really let my hopes down because only two things happened and then they almost got expelled. The sad part was, no one would have gotten into as much trouble as Kelsey or Isaac did for throwing a punch.

“Face It Down” day was a huge disappointment full of snobby girls acting like they were royalty and boys getting jealous over one girl. The ending of The Thing About The Truth was very typical. I honestly knew what was going to happen when I was only halfway done the book. There were no surprises, not very much action, and they were angry at each other over petty mistakes. And do not be fooled by this amazing cover because it doesn’t go with the characters at all. They look completely different which irritated me a bit because they cover of books always helps me to visualize the characters better.

There was very little that I actually enjoyed about this book. One of those things was that the story went back and forth between the two characters as well as told the story before and after the incident. I thought that was really cool because you got the whole entire story that way. Even though I didn’t like The Thing About The Truth very much, I’m still very excited to read Two Way Street.