Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Miles to Go

Title: Miles to Go
Author: Miley Cyrus (with Hilary Liftin)
Pages: 266
Published: 2009, Disney Hyperion
Genre: Nonfiction/Autiobiography
Cover Score: n/a
Overall Rating: B+

   Summary: Miley Cyrus used to be your average 12 year old girl living in Tennessee, coping with mean girls, spending time with her closely-knit family, going to church, and participating in cheerleading. But that was before she reached superstardom, via a hit Disney Channel show called Hannah Montana that would later make millions of dollars and shoot Miley to the top of the tween world. Miles to Go chronicles her journeys in the music and TV worlds, her relationships with costars and the people around her, heartbreak and sorrow, happiness, new experiences, and what she has planned for the future.
   My thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised by Miley's debut novel, a quick read (with color pictures--yay!). My opinion of Miley changed somewhat after reading her autobiography. I really liked the first-person narration that made me feel like I was getting a close, exclusive look into her life, and the personality that she displayed through her writing was really honest, revealing flaws and self-doubts that make Miley seem so much more relatable and likable. She isn't afraid to open up and spill, and I love how she sticks with her beliefs and family, even through the ups and downs of fame.
   However, many parts of the book were dry and boring, particularly whole sections of the book where she talked about her faith and Christianity. I have no problem with religion, it just gets old when whole pages are devoted to quoting Psalms and thanking God. Some parts of the book were plain old cheesy, where she would gush about how lucky she was and how this is a dream come true. It just felt fake and got repetitive.
   Like her or hate her, I found that Miles to Go was a unique look into a teen superstar's life, but I couldn't help but feel slightly disappointed in this book. There just wasn't enough about her experiences in the show business for me. My biggest problem was the price of this book: $24.95 (lucky for me, I got it about $10 cheaper. Thanks, Amazon!). For a children's book, I find this ridiculous. I guess it's really just because it was written by Miley Cyrus, so Disney is trying to make whatever money off of her that they can! 
   All in all, the book was an interesting read, but it wasn't as good as I had hoped.

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Kiki said...

i don't know much about Miley Cyrus, and i don't particularly like an type of biography, but this sounds good. i'll give it a shot.

Anonymous said...

I finished this book recently and I have a very similar opinion of it. I think it was interesting to see what she thinks of her life and she is down to earth and all. But it did kind of seem like she just wanted to write this book before she becomes 'just another child star'. I liked your review!

Juju said...

I would never have considered this but you have swayed me. I think I'll seriously consider checking this out.

Diana Dang said...

I don't like Miley Cyrus and I doubt I'll ever pick it up. But if given to review, I wouldn't turn it down.

Peaches said...

I was thinking about reading this, not being a particular fan of Miley's, but I'm just sort of interested in biographies in general. Sounds good!