Miles to Go

Book review by
Stephanie Dunnewind, Common Sense Media
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Miley shares her life "so far." Fluffy, but fun for fans.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 27 reviews

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Positive Messages

Miley speaks frankly and honestly about her body issues, and it is good for her young fans to see that she isn't the perfect image they seen on magazine covers. 

Positive Role Models & Representations
Classmates tease Miley and say her dad is a "one-hit wonder." She is reluctant to tell her parents about school bullies. Some days she only eats one Pop-Tart because "it was really important to me to look great." After finding out she has tachycardia (a racing heart rate) and a hole in her heart, she decides to eat more healthfully. Miley has a close relationship with her parents and siblings. She raises money for charities and visits hospitals. She works hard and pursues her dreams. While coping with acne, she confesses to becoming obsessed with how she looks. "I'd stare at myself for hours, hating myself outside and in." She finds perspective by befriending a younger girl with cystic fibrosis. There is a lot of controversy surrounding the popstar recently and much of this isn't touched on here, focusing instead on the sweeter, less controversial side. 
Violence & Scariness

Girls bully Miley in middle school and threaten her. At one point they start cussing at her in the lunchroom and tell her to get up and fight. Miley notes that a mom sitting at another table just laughed and did not step in to stop the behavior. The principal intervened before anything more happened.


"Crap," "hell" (as in "sixth-grade social hell"), "jacka__" (that's how it is in the book).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know this is the sweet Hannah Montana side of Miley Cyrus, not the controversial one that pops up in sexy photos. This isn't a dishy celebrity tell-all. Cyrus and her co-author keep her young fans in mind, with many "I'm just like you" stories and inspirational passages. The book encourages readers to see Cyrus as role model; she shares her Christian values and Biblical passages.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBluewaffle McFapFap July 6, 2011

Unacceptable and NOT tamed.

After reading this book, i was shocked by the ammount of sexual references made by a young girl. I used to think of her as a good, god-following, jesus worshipi... Continue reading
Parent of a 2, 9, 11, and 13-year-old Written bydZinermom76 June 22, 2010

Not for kids who don't understand real world

I that this book was inspirational! Especially for my younger neighbor(now 13). Both she and I are huge Miley Cyrus fans and while she was going through some ve... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byJoannaLynn January 23, 2013

Miles To Go

This book is really good. It changed my life in so many ways. I couldn't stop reading it. I read this book 3 times already. I'm really glad that I rea... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bybwombles0802 March 21, 2012

Wonderful Book(;

I beleive that this book is amazing because it explains what you can go through and how to help yourself out of it. Me and my sister is reading it together but... Continue reading

What's the story?

Miley Cyrus may be the star of a hit movie and television series (and daughter of country singer/actor Billy Ray Cyrus), but she still worries about acne, hates sixth-grade bullies, and drinks Ovaltine with her dad in the morning. In this autobiography, complete with two color-picture sections, Cyrus offers a backstage peek into her TV show, concerts, and family life. With short, conversational asides in the margins ("I know! Who wants normal teen angst?") and various lists ("7 things I'd like to change about myself"), the book will make Miley seem even more like a friend and role model to Hannah Montana's tween fans.

Is it any good?

Adults may roll their eyes at MILES TO GO's trite attempts at inspiration, but Miley's willingness to expose her insecurities will resonate with her young fans. Despite a narrative that jumps around in time and focus, fans will love the personal details (she skips Elton John's and Madonna's post-Oscar parties to eat pizza with her mom, in pajamas).

Miley touches on how media criticism (of such things as her cuddly relationship with her dad, and, ridiculously, her large ankles) hurts her feelings, but she doesn't mention the Vanity Fair photo controversy. Miles to Go is at its best when Miley's rural Southern roots ("there's nothing more relaxing than to kick back and watch chickens be chickens") and sense of humor ("when I look back on my life, the only theme that I see starting to emerge is wigs") show the girl behind the star.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it means that even a beautiful star feels ugly and unable to live up to media images. 

  • Miley writes, "I'd see myself in makeup, or Photoshopped in magazines, and see this perfect, airbrushed version of myself. Then I'd look in the mirror and see reality." Is it good advice when she tells readers, "If you ever find yourself wishing you looked as good as Miley Cyrus in some photo . . . just remember: Miley Cyrusdoesn't look as good as Miley Cyrus in that photo."

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