Miles Away from You

Miles Away from You It s been three years since Miles fell for Vivian a talented and dazzling transgender girl Eighteen months since a suicide attempt left Vivian on life support Now Miles isn t sure who he is without h

  • Title: Miles Away from You
  • Author: A.B. Rutledge
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It s been three years since Miles fell for Vivian, a talented and dazzling transgender girl Eighteen months since a suicide attempt left Vivian on life support Now Miles isn t sure who he is without her, but knows it s time to figure out how to say goodbye.He books a solo trip to Iceland but then has a hard time leaving the refuge of his hotel room After a little push fIt s been three years since Miles fell for Vivian, a talented and dazzling transgender girl Eighteen months since a suicide attempt left Vivian on life support Now Miles isn t sure who he is without her, but knows it s time to figure out how to say goodbye.He books a solo trip to Iceland but then has a hard time leaving the refuge of his hotel room After a little push from Oskar, a local who is equal parts endearing and aloof, Miles decides to honor Vivian s life by photographing her treasured Doc Martens standing empty against the surreal landscapes With each step he takes, Miles finds his heart healing even as he must accept that Vivian, still in a coma, will never recover.Told through a series of instant messages to Vivian, this quirky and completely fresh novel explores love, loss, and the drastic distances we sometimes have to travel in order to move on.

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    1. Note: All of this is coming from my cis perspective. I can only do the best that I know how to do, but if you are a trans individual who disagrees with my perspective, or if you have an own-voice review for this book, please let me know in the comments and I would love to help boost your voice!There are some minor spoilers ahead, because I couldn't discuss all of the problems I had with this book without them.Content warnings: suicide, self harm, abuse, transphobia, mental illness, homophobia, p [...]

    2. Oh wow, so this was basically about a Iceland and sex and sex in Iceland. Aaand that's about 89% of the book RIGHT THERE. 0_0 I also realise this is a controversial one, and I totally acknowledge people's concerns. I'm not trans, so I won't critique that aspect, but I do point you to a twitter thread by a trans person in publishing that talks about why it's problematic and I highly encourage you to read that.+ Look I really really REALLY don't want to rant, but Miles was also horrible.I meane du [...]

    3. I'm gonna withhold judgment until I know more about this, but am I the only person who doesn't want to read about a trans girl getting fridged for the sake of a cis white boy's character arc?Edit 1/11/18: Now that I've seen a lot of people I respect who read ARCs of this and pointed out the transphobia and racism, and having read the book in draft stages and seen the problematic aspects then (and knowing now that the author didn't change anything since then), I'm giving this a 1-star rating.Ther [...]

    4. I see that a bunch of people have tagged this as an ace-spec book (and lord knows I'm always looking for ace and aro-spec contemporary/non-SFF novels), but I don't need to read this Black trans teen's suicide-inspires-white-boy-to-see-the-world story (that's not written by a Black trans author). Not when Black trans folx are already at such high risk IRL, and not when publishing still doesn't give equal opportunity to Black trans (and other marginalized) folx.

    5. I am getting a feeling that this book is going to be a tear-jerker.Can't wait for the emotional ride.I know I'd love it.Please, release it already.

    6. This book was hilarious, beautiful, poignant, heartbreaking, and downright sexy in places. Miles, the MC, was easy to relate to. He had a great sense of humor, and instantly felt like a friend. The voice was perfect, the setting phenomenal; the author added so many little details, which made the Icelandic setting all the more real for me. If you're someone who's ever struggled with what they thought was right, or struggled to find themselves in a world that is constantly trying to define them, f [...]

    7. Well, that was awful. Before I start -- I know there's been some discussion on the premise, and the fridging of a trans character -- I was uneasy going in, but honestly, I wanted to read it because I heard Miles was Demi, and I'm Demi, and I so rarely see Demi characters in books that I was willing to take what I could get.This was HORRIFICALLY BAD Demi rep.Quite frankly -- Miles is not Demi.Just gonna flat out say it. I totally get that everyone has different experiences in the community, and t [...]

    8. Oh hell no with this sacrificial black trans woman to teach a lesson nonsense. Fuck this transphobic and racist shit. BLACK TRANS* WOMEN AREN'T YOUR PLOT POINT.

    9. The contemps this year have been hella good. I don't typically dole out this many five stars in a row. And this one is no exception.So I want to preface this by saying this is not my kind of book. You may misunderstand what I mean. I don't typically prefer/read male type protagonists and not typically into road trips/traveling abroad to find oneself. So this book was chock full of stuff that I don't usually like or read, and yet and yetMiles is so typically boy but not. He is fluid on the sexual [...]

    10. a book that uses the suicide of a black trans girl to fuel a white cis dude's plotline?hell nooocall me back when ya fiction is publishing books with #ownvoices representation of black trans girls in charge of their own stories.

    11. DNF. I was so looking forward to this as the MC is pansexual but he’s a white cis dude and it’s all about his experiences after his black trans girlfriend commits suicide and we literally do not need another story about a black trans girl killing herself to further a white guys development.

    12. This book has been called out multiple times for using the White Saviour Trope and the problematic portrayal of themes related to Vivian, the black transgender love interest. Miles' demisexuality is an #ownvoices portrayal but the representation has not been supported by most (if any) #ownvoice reviewers, like so.I recommend reading Destiny @ Howling Library's review for more information but I am currently in the process of collecting relevant reviews/Twitter threads. If you know of any well-wri [...]

    13. Edit 1/11/18: After coming across a couple threads on Twitter about how problematic this book description is for trans youth (and really, anyone) I am removing my rating. I will leave the review here, but I'm going to sit back and let the involved community handle this one.This book surprised me in a really good way. I didn't know how I would feel about the format - the instant messages from Miles to Vivian that made up the story - but it ended up reminding me of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, [...]

    14. I received the e-arc from Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt Children's Book Group, thank you!Warning, the book, however most of the plot is being set in Iceland, it doesn't focus on travel, it is about curing the depression and finding sexuality, finding ways how to be with someone else and see life again, however weird it may seem for someone outside. This young adult novel tells about Miles, who lands in Iceland, being sent there by his two moms and doesn't know what to do there for a whole month. He [...]

    15. There is a lot of talk around this book that says it's problematic. And I agree, vehemently. There's nothing new that I can say about that subject that hasn't already been said, and furthermore, I'm not exactly who should be speaking to that.But on top of that, I don't like the story. It took me five months to read it, because I was uninterested and unimpressed. Miles is a selfish, obsessive boy that I didn't connect with. And his parents just paying for him to go to Iceland by himself when bare [...]

    16. It's a really well-done book about a whole bunch of difficult subjects. It's hard to say I enjoyed it, but there are some things I did very much enjoy.I liked Miles, actually. He sounded and acted like a teenager, including being internet/tumblr-literate and having the correct terminology for concepts such as dysphoria and demisexuality. He mentions actually reading up on dysphoria once for Vivian. I liked that he made some bad/silly choices, and sometimes there were consequences for them, but i [...]

    17. I read MILES AWAY FROM YOU some weeks ago and the story has stayed with me ever since. Miles comes to mind on a regular basis--the heart ache, the bravery, the grief, the beauty and nuance of his relationship with Vivian, the rendering of Iceland. And the format--the format. I'm often dubious of novels composed of entirely emails/instant messaging but MAFY is an example of finding the structure that best serves the story and character journey. If it weren't for August being a month of doom with [...]

    18. This is a book that you will never truly forget. Miles is a character that will stick with you until the very end. He is funny, witty, and sarcastic and when he cries or laughs you will too. A.B Rutledge has created a teenage character who keeps things real. The insecurities and the not-so-smart moments are spot on. Miles is relatable to all teenagers struggling with finding themselves through desperate times. The LGBT representation in the novel transcends any other young adult novel I have rea [...]

    19. This was a sweet book with an endearingly honest protagonist in Miles, an eighteen year old whose girlfriend Vivian is in a coma due to an overdose. Although it's written in the format of letters to Viv, it doesn't focus on her, more on his journey to find out who he is without her. Gender identity and sexuality is dealt with deftly and with consideration and I loved the honest depictions of sex. Because newsflash! teenagers have sex, and it's good to read a book which doesn't skirt around the i [...]

    20. American protagonist Miles is trying to deal with his trans girlfriend, Vivian, being in a coma following a suicide attempt when his moms arrange a month in a hotel in Iceland for him to attempt to heal. Despite me feeling a bit “woah! How much did THAT cost?” I managed to get behind his book because Miles is a compelling and funny narrator who can acknowledge his own privilege and occasional whininess. This was an emotional and surprising read that made me want to go to Iceland even more th [...]

    21. Not really a book I enjoyed. May resonate with LGBTQ youth, although I'm not sure how many can relate to the idea of Miles having totally supportive, lesbian parents.

    22. Disclaimer: I received a free ARC in exchange for my review; however all thoughts and opinions are solely my own.I adore this book! It is beautifully written and completely heart wrenching. I think that the diversity in the characters, including almost every branch of the LGBTQA+ community, and the realistic plot brings things to light that are prominent in today's society. It shows struggles that many people face and the horror that sometimes results in tragic endings, while also providing a br [...]

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