Title: Miles to Go
Author: Miley Cyrus (with Hilary Liftin)
Published: 2009, Disney Hyperion
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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