A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The free verse makes Tilt a good choice for reluctant readers who will quickly get through this thick book. Parents can use it to talk about a wide variety of tough topics, including teen pregnancy, HIV, rape, homophobia -- and book censorship. The author includes facts about HIV and teen pregnancy at the back of the book.
Positive Role Models
None of the teen protagonists acts perfectly, but they do relate their experiences honestly and learn from their bad choices in various ways.
Violence & Scariness
A girl is raped while she's drunk, and another teen character tries to kill himself. There's a bloody fistfight between boys, and a mention of an abusive husband who beat his wife and child. A teen boy recalls that his uncle's brother molested him when he was a child, infecting him with HIV. Also, a severely disabled child dies.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Descriptions of sex and sex acts, including masturbation, oral sex, and sex between two teen boys. A character has HIV, a girl has an abortion, and another girl is pregnant. A teen boy texts to friends a naked picture of the girl he is seeing.
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Mature language, including "s--t" and "f--k," plus words like "goddamn," "pussy," and more.
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Products & Purchases
Coke, Bacardi 51, Jaggermeister, as well as bands and few products, such as Wranglers and Stove Top.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens drink and do drugs, including marijuana and pills. One teen uses antidepressants and Jaggermeister in a suicide attempt. A teen drives drunk, and a girl is raped when she passes out from alcohol. A father drinks to not have to deal with his crumbling family.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, like Hopkin's other books for teens, Tilt features gritty material, including rape, HIV, teen sex and pregnancy, the death of child, a suicide attempt, drunk driving, and more. Teens swear ("s--t," "f--k," "goddamn," "pussy," and more), drink, and make all kinds of mistakes, but they do relate their experiences honestly and learn from their bad choices in various ways. Parents can use this book to talk about a wide variety of tough topics, including teen pregnancy, sexual assault, homophobia, and book censorship. Readers will get the author's point that an "unplanned pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease will change your life forever."
Is It Any Good?
This is a good choice for Hopkins' fans, who know what to expect, and for reluctant readers, who will quickly get through the free verse that covers provocative material. Readers also might appreciate that this book features imperfect families, including abusive or alcoholic parents, new stepparents, estranged parents, and more. It's a bit overstuffed, as the author puts her poor protagonists through trial after trial -- teen pregnancy, dating someone with HIV, a dying sister, a rape, a suicide attempt, and more. But readers will appreciate that the three leading teens emerge damaged but not defeated.
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