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Miles to Go
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this 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.
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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."