Miles to Go
By Stephanie Dunnewind,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Miley shares her life "so far." Fluffy, but fun for fans.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
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
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A mention of "puppy love" with a castmate and then dating her "first true love," here dubbed "Prince Charming" for two years (ages 13-15). There is no description of kissing, just them hanging out. Miley and her older sister Brandi both get purity rings. When Brandi's boyfriend comes to visit, the two stay in separate rooms; "she does it because she respects herself that much." Miley says the press might make fun of purity rings but "I have my morals!"
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"Crap," "hell" (as in "sixth-grade social hell"), "jacka__" (that's how it is in the book).
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Products & Purchases
Well, the whole book is about the star of a Disney Channel TV show and related movies and albums. She mentions specific stores, magazines, video games, Web sites, clothing designers, and food brands. Miley notes that Disney paid her to write the book but didn't tell her what to say.
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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Unacceptable and NOT tamed.
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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."
- Authors: Miley Cyrus, Hilary Liftin
- Genre: Autobiography
- Book type: Non-Fiction
- Publisher: Disney Publishing
- Publication date: March 10, 2009
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
- Number of pages: 270
- Last updated: July 12, 2017
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