Ellen Hopkins


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About the Book

Witnessing the fallout from the poor choices their parents make and the lies adults tell themselves, three teens are clinging to the last remnants of the secure and familiar world in which they’ve grown up. But the ground is shifting. What was once clear is now confused. Everything is tilting.


Mikayla is sure she’s found the love her parents seem to have lost, but is suddenly weighing nearly impossible choices in the wake of dashed expectations. Shane has come out, unwilling to lie anymore about who he is, but finds himself struggling to keep it all under control in the face of first love and a horrific loss. Harley, a good girl just seeking new experiences, never expects to hurtle towards self-destructive extremes in order to define who she is and who she wants to be.


Inspired by teen characters first introduced in her adult novel, Triangles, Ellen Hopkins crafts a wrenching story that explores the ways we each find the strength we need to hold on when our world’s been tilted completely off its axis.



reviews from Publishers Weekly:


In this companion to Hopkins’s adult book, Triangles (2011), the author offers a gripping novel-in-verse about teens whose lives shift dramatically because of sex. High school junior Mikayla is in love, but her relationship with her boyfriend is tested when she gets pregnant. Shane, 16, is dating a boy with HIV and coping with his four-year-old sister’s incurable illness. Harley, a freshman, starts experimenting with drinking and drugs, as an older boy pressures her to have sex. Readers unfamiliar with Triangles may have trouble tracking the characters’ interlinked relationships, but Hopkins’s many fans will find plenty of authenticity, especially in Harley’s story (“I’m Running/ With a fast crowd and I’m not/ sure how I got here... I never expected to go/ this far”), and appreciate the author’s clever touches (the closing words/lines of the three narrators’ sections lead into single-page poems from the POV of other key characters). While these stories are not quite as compelling as those in Hopkins’s previous books, readers will likely move through this installment just as quickly. Ages 14–up. Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Sept) —Publishers Weekly




Review for TILT

My World Tilted

Completely off its axis the night

I hooked up with Dylan Douglas.

It was New Year’s Eve—five

months ago—so maybe part of that

earth-sway had something to do with

the downers, weed and cheap beer,

a dizzying combo on an empty stomach.

What I know for sure is, when he came

slinking up like a cougar—all tawny

and temperamental—something inside

me shifted. Something elemental.

I, probably the oldest prude in my whole

junior class, transformed into vamp.

When he smiled at me—me!—I knew

I had to make him mine. I would

have done anything. Turned out, all

I had to do was smile back. Just like

that, we belonged to each other.

Loving Someone

That much—so much he means

more to you than anything—changes

things. You lose friends, because

you’d rather be with him than with them.

I’ve always been popular. Cheerleader.

Junior class president. Homecoming

princess. All the girls wanted to hang

with me. One was even a stalker.

Now, they still smile and say hello,

but the only ones who I’m really close

to are Audrey and Emily. Both of them

have sleepover boyfriends, at least when

their parents aren’t home. That’s another

thing love changes—your relationship

with your parental units. It becomes

them versus you, as if they’re afraid

of losing you. Jealous of the person

who can make that happen. News flash,

Mom and Dad. I’ll be eighteen in a few

months. You’ve already lost me.:


Should the sun beat

summer too fiercely

through your afternoon

window, you can


the blinds to temper

heat and scatter light,

sifting shadows this way

and that with a


of slats. And if candor

strikes too forcefully,

step back, draw careful

breath and consider the


your words must take

before you open

your mouth, let them leak

out. Because once you

tilt the truth,

it becomes a lie.