February 09, 2013

Review: Miles to Go by Miley Cyrus

Miles to Go
 by Miley Cyrus

Miles to Go

""There are multiple sides to all of us."" Who we are and who we might be if we follow our dreams."" 
" -Miley Cyrus" 
Three years ago, Miley Cyrus was a virtual unknown. Her life in rural Tennessee was filled with family, friends, school, cheerleading, and the daily tasks of living on a farm. And then came a little show called "Hannah Montana." 
Almost overnight, Miley would rocket to superstardom, becoming a television and singing phenomenon. Quiet days were replaced with sold-out concerts, television appearances, and magazine shoots. But through it all, Miley has remained close to her family and friends and has stayed connected to the Southern roots that made her so strong. 
In Miles to Go, Miley offers an honest, humorous, and often touching story of one girl's coming-of-age--from private moments with her pappy to off-roading with her dad, Billy Ray, to her run-ins with mean girls. Miley talks about suffering through drama and heartbreak and coming out the other end unscathed (relatively). And now for the first time, she will discuss it all--the milestones still left to reach (driver's license! voting!), dreams to live out (travel to Asia! find true love!), and the lessons to be learned (remembernig to enjoy every moment!). 
This is a truly unique look inside the world of one of today's biggest and brightest stars as she tackles looking back and moving forward.

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by Hyperion

2/3 Smarties

 A Long Story...Short!

Admittedly, it is not that hard to meet expectations that are...let's just say...not particularly high. When you hear a teenager - not even allowed to drive a car yet - types the story of his or her life on a computer and that story is the book you find on your nightsstand one day, then you probably don't expect to enjoy said book very much. And I agree, someone who finds Disney child/tween/teen stars boring or ridiculous or immature won't like this book. If you were looking up to the Disney crew in your tween years like I was, you might won't to peak into this. After all, I would not call Miles to Go a fantastic peace of literature, but Miley Cyrus (as far as she has written this herself) makes some really important points and at times it inspired me like only her TV show and songs could back when I was twelve (well...not that far back...)

Review for You:

Miles to Go in my opinion has the same effect and uses the same method that the Hannah Montana TV show and music did - it tells you the story of an ordinary girl, facing the problems most teens simply have to face in this world and turning the whole thing into a fairy tale at the end to make you feel empowered. And that's totally okay with me. As I said I didn't go into this book with high expectations. I simply wanted to read it and see for myself if I would like it.
Surprisingly I liked it even more than I thought I would. It's by far not as deep as some contemporary novels or the anthology Dear Bully, but it does show some aspects of teenage angst and bullying (no matter if the stories told are true) and it gives readers a positive outlook on the future, ways to deal with it and the belief that things get better with time and if you only believe in yourself.
What I want to say is that Miles to Go offers the clear and simple message that everyone out there cannot hear enough: the message of the uniqueness of every human being, of dreaming and working hard and never letting other people take you down.
So in the end it doesn't even matter if the story in the book is told by a famous teen star or by any other person - it is not great, but it is good if you are looking for what the book has to offer.
Or if you're still lisnning to Hannah Montana songs secretly letting your seventh grade memories come back to life...

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