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Love—good and bad—forces three teens’ worlds to tilt in a riveting standalone novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins.

Three teens, three stories—all interconnected through their parents’ family relationships. As the adults pull away, caught up in their own dilemmas, the worlds 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 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 wrenching story from Ellen Hopkins.

Publishers Weekly Review

Jul 30, 2012 – 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.


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Customer Reviews

Great book, disappointing ending

I love this book, but at the end I didn't really get a big shocker or big ending. It just ended awkwardly.. A little disappointed but very well written and has a very good message.


Again this book left me constantly turning the pages (or screens) to find out more. I'm always left wanting an endless never ending story with any of the books Ellen Hopkins writes. This was definitely no exception. I had started Triangles a while ago, not sure what to expect with a more adult type novel but do to other constraints never finished it. I'm more interested to return back to reading triangles to see what the adults view point is on everything that turned out.

I hope Ellen keeps doing what she is doing. These books are amazing and they can speak volumes to teenagers and even adults.

Formatting Issue.

This book is wonderful and you should most definitely read it. Just not on an IPhone, because it has not been formatted correctly to work with an IPhone. The font it must be for it to work is minuscule and when you enlarge the font it cuts off half the page. Poorly done. I want my money back.

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  • $9.99
  • Level: Grades 9 and Above
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Family & Relationships
  • Published: Sep 11, 2012
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 608 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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