Book Review: Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

Brooke Dorn December 14, 2012 2
  • Plot
  • Characters
  • Heavy Material
  • Personal Insight
  • Poetry Verse Readability

Tilt by Ellen Hopkins is written in beautiful verse. The author winds the story of three different teens lives through her poetry verse style literature to paint an enthralling story. I had never read a book written in poetry verse until I read an Ellen Hopkins’ book and she is truly a master of her craft. Another plus for this book being written in poetry verse is that while it looks like an intimidating number of pages, it is easy to pour through the pages of flowing, beautiful words in a very short amount of time.

The Characters

All of the characters’ lives in this book intertwine in the end. They all attend the same school or have a family member that knows someone and the plot thickens when their lives finally intersect. Even with the book being in poetry verse you still get an in depth look into the lives of these teenagers as they all struggle to come to terms with their lives. Whether it is coming out to your family for the first time, handling the death of a sibling, or pushing yourself into a bad relationship because you believe that you are in love this book has it all. The author’s voice really makes you empathise with how the characters feel as they travel the rough road to discovering who they are, and who they want to be.

Educational Emphasis

Tilt is very informative to any teen or tween that is having a rough time on the road to adulthood. Ellen Hopkins’ voice is present in the novel as she has her young characters’ question the decisions that they make and look at the effects that it has on their lives. Her books are uplifting and always prove to her readers that no matter how far you fall there is always a chance to pick yourself up and keep going.


Once you tilt the truth it becomes a lie. That is the theme of this book. There are many lies throughout the book and at the end they are all exposed. Once they are exposed you see the effect that some of these buried lies have had on the people around them. For some of the characters their lives have been completely tilted off their axis by these lies and it causes repercussions to take place. Is your world tilted?

Reviewers Note

I really enjoyed this novel! From the first turn of the page I was hooked into the beautiful verse style writing and the way that the author was connecting these teenagers lives. The story at times is also heartbreaking as you experience loss through the eyes of her characters. It actually brought me to tears at certain points so there is a warning for anyone who is extremely sensitive to death or abuse. Still Ellen Hopkins is a wonderful young adult author and I anticipate the release of any new novels from her. As always comments and questions are welcome.

About the Author

Ellen Hopkins is a New York Times best selling author who has written the novels Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, and Tilt. She has also written an adult novel called Triangles that follows some of the same characters from her novel Tilt. She also spends some of her time travelling to schools for book signings.

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  1. Laura December 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    When I was reading the review of this I thought it reminded me of Crank so I’m not surprised it’s by the same author. I despised Crank lol, I thought it was one of the worst books I’d ever read! Thanks for sharing your review :)

    • Brooke Dorn December 18, 2012 at 8:18 am - Reply

      Well to each his own I guess lol!

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