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 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 f It's been three years since Miles fell for Vivian, a talented and dazzling transgender girl. Eighteen months since ...

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Title:Miles Away from You
Author:A.B. Rutledge
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Genres:Young Adult
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Miles Away from You Reviews

  • Hope Decker
    May 13, 2018

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    I DNFed this around the halfway mark. Review coming with thoughts and why I DNFed. ...

    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 dev...

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

    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 protagonis...

    This book was exactly what the stars describe.. Ok. It's also hard to review, besides saying that I wasn't a fan of Miles, so.. As this was entirely from his perspective, you can imagine how this affected my enjoyment of the story. Still, it was quick and easy to read, with lgbt...

    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 a...

    TW: suicide, self harm, abuse, transmisia, mental illness, homomisia, pedophilia. This book handles consent (or the lack of) horribly. I was literally the vomit face emoji throughout the whole book, and there was no consent given in many situations & it?s not addressed directl...

    Transphobic premise. Should not be read by teens ...

    nope ...

    Grief is a funny thing, it's usually messy--and rarely neat--with the barest of touches, it makes a wreck of your life. Miles Away From You is a wreck of a novel, in that it totally encapsulates grief, it's effects--and what it's like to, try to move on. Miles' girlfriend is in...

    Note to self: Will not read due to racism and transphobia. See here. ...

    I have now published my review at my blog, Trish Talks Texts. ...

    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 boo...

    Reading and reviewing YA literature is something I think is very important, and I hold YA authors to a higher standard than I do authors of adult fiction. This is because the audience of readers is generally in their teens and early adult years, and to a certain extent, this can make t...

  • Val
    Jan 19, 2018

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    I DNFed this around the halfway mark. Review coming with thoughts and why I DNFed. ...

    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 dev...

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

    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 protagonis...

    This book was exactly what the stars describe.. Ok. It's also hard to review, besides saying that I wasn't a fan of Miles, so.. As this was entirely from his perspective, you can imagine how this affected my enjoyment of the story. Still, it was quick and easy to read, with lgbt...

    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 a...

    TW: suicide, self harm, abuse, transmisia, mental illness, homomisia, pedophilia. This book handles consent (or the lack of) horribly. I was literally the vomit face emoji throughout the whole book, and there was no consent given in many situations & it?s not addressed directl...

    Transphobic premise. Should not be read by teens ...

    nope ...

    Grief is a funny thing, it's usually messy--and rarely neat--with the barest of touches, it makes a wreck of your life. Miles Away From You is a wreck of a novel, in that it totally encapsulates grief, it's effects--and what it's like to, try to move on. Miles' girlfriend is in...

    Note to self: Will not read due to racism and transphobia. See here. ...

    I have now published my review at my blog, Trish Talks Texts. ...

    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 boo...

    Reading and reviewing YA literature is something I think is very important, and I hold YA authors to a higher standard than I do authors of adult fiction. This is because the audience of readers is generally in their teens and early adult years, and to a certain extent, this can make t...

    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 a...

    Miles is a (queer) teen whose (trans) girlfriend has been in a coma for the past 18 months after she swallowed too many pills in a suicide attempt. To help him find closure and move on, Miles's moms send him on an impromptu one-month vacation to Iceland. There, he meets Oskar, his conc...

    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 sto...

    I only got about 20 pages in and then read a slew of reviews about how problematic this book was in regards to race and people who are transgender that I decided not to read it. I picked it up specifically because of the transgendered character but it appears she was only a plot device...

    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 term...

    Coming soon, from one of my agency sisters!! So excited for you, Ash!! Wahooo! ...

    racist and transphobic, see other reviews for details. :( ...

  • Joanne
    Jan 12, 2018

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    I DNFed this around the halfway mark. Review coming with thoughts and why I DNFed. ...

    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 dev...

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

    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 protagonis...

    This book was exactly what the stars describe.. Ok. It's also hard to review, besides saying that I wasn't a fan of Miles, so.. As this was entirely from his perspective, you can imagine how this affected my enjoyment of the story. Still, it was quick and easy to read, with lgbt...

    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 a...

    TW: suicide, self harm, abuse, transmisia, mental illness, homomisia, pedophilia. This book handles consent (or the lack of) horribly. I was literally the vomit face emoji throughout the whole book, and there was no consent given in many situations & it?s not addressed directl...

    Transphobic premise. Should not be read by teens ...

    nope ...

    Grief is a funny thing, it's usually messy--and rarely neat--with the barest of touches, it makes a wreck of your life. Miles Away From You is a wreck of a novel, in that it totally encapsulates grief, it's effects--and what it's like to, try to move on. Miles' girlfriend is in...

    Note to self: Will not read due to racism and transphobia. See here. ...

  • Colleen
    Apr 28, 2018

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    I DNFed this around the halfway mark. Review coming with thoughts and why I DNFed. ...

    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 dev...

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

    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 protagonis...

    This book was exactly what the stars describe.. Ok. It's also hard to review, besides saying that I wasn't a fan of Miles, so.. As this was entirely from his perspective, you can imagine how this affected my enjoyment of the story. Still, it was quick and easy to read, with lgbt...

    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 a...

    TW: suicide, self harm, abuse, transmisia, mental illness, homomisia, pedophilia. This book handles consent (or the lack of) horribly. I was literally the vomit face emoji throughout the whole book, and there was no consent given in many situations & it?s not addressed directl...

    Transphobic premise. Should not be read by teens ...

    nope ...

    Grief is a funny thing, it's usually messy--and rarely neat--with the barest of touches, it makes a wreck of your life. Miles Away From You is a wreck of a novel, in that it totally encapsulates grief, it's effects--and what it's like to, try to move on. Miles' girlfriend is in...

    Note to self: Will not read due to racism and transphobia. See here. ...

    I have now published my review at my blog, Trish Talks Texts. ...

    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 boo...

    Reading and reviewing YA literature is something I think is very important, and I hold YA authors to a higher standard than I do authors of adult fiction. This is because the audience of readers is generally in their teens and early adult years, and to a certain extent, this can make t...

    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 a...

    Miles is a (queer) teen whose (trans) girlfriend has been in a coma for the past 18 months after she swallowed too many pills in a suicide attempt. To help him find closure and move on, Miles's moms send him on an impromptu one-month vacation to Iceland. There, he meets Oskar, his conc...

    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 sto...

    I only got about 20 pages in and then read a slew of reviews about how problematic this book was in regards to race and people who are transgender that I decided not to read it. I picked it up specifically because of the transgendered character but it appears she was only a plot device...

  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    Jul 22, 2017

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    I DNFed this around the halfway mark. Review coming with thoughts and why I DNFed. ...

    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 dev...

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

    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 protagonis...

  • Amanda Hanson
    Nov 23, 2017

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    I DNFed this around the halfway mark. Review coming with thoughts and why I DNFed. ...

    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 dev...

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

    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 protagonis...

    This book was exactly what the stars describe.. Ok. It's also hard to review, besides saying that I wasn't a fan of Miles, so.. As this was entirely from his perspective, you can imagine how this affected my enjoyment of the story. Still, it was quick and easy to read, with lgbt...

    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 a...

    TW: suicide, self harm, abuse, transmisia, mental illness, homomisia, pedophilia. This book handles consent (or the lack of) horribly. I was literally the vomit face emoji throughout the whole book, and there was no consent given in many situations & it?s not addressed directl...

    Transphobic premise. Should not be read by teens ...

    nope ...

    Grief is a funny thing, it's usually messy--and rarely neat--with the barest of touches, it makes a wreck of your life. Miles Away From You is a wreck of a novel, in that it totally encapsulates grief, it's effects--and what it's like to, try to move on. Miles' girlfriend is in...

    Note to self: Will not read due to racism and transphobia. See here. ...

    I have now published my review at my blog, Trish Talks Texts. ...

    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 boo...

  • Bethany
    Apr 18, 2018

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    I DNFed this around the halfway mark. Review coming with thoughts and why I DNFed. ...

    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 dev...

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

    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 protagonis...

    This book was exactly what the stars describe.. Ok. It's also hard to review, besides saying that I wasn't a fan of Miles, so.. As this was entirely from his perspective, you can imagine how this affected my enjoyment of the story. Still, it was quick and easy to read, with lgbt...

    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 a...

    TW: suicide, self harm, abuse, transmisia, mental illness, homomisia, pedophilia. This book handles consent (or the lack of) horribly. I was literally the vomit face emoji throughout the whole book, and there was no consent given in many situations & it?s not addressed directl...

    Transphobic premise. Should not be read by teens ...

    nope ...

    Grief is a funny thing, it's usually messy--and rarely neat--with the barest of touches, it makes a wreck of your life. Miles Away From You is a wreck of a novel, in that it totally encapsulates grief, it's effects--and what it's like to, try to move on. Miles' girlfriend is in...

    Note to self: Will not read due to racism and transphobia. See here. ...

    I have now published my review at my blog, Trish Talks Texts. ...

    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 boo...

    Reading and reviewing YA literature is something I think is very important, and I hold YA authors to a higher standard than I do authors of adult fiction. This is because the audience of readers is generally in their teens and early adult years, and to a certain extent, this can make t...

    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 a...

    Miles is a (queer) teen whose (trans) girlfriend has been in a coma for the past 18 months after she swallowed too many pills in a suicide attempt. To help him find closure and move on, Miles's moms send him on an impromptu one-month vacation to Iceland. There, he meets Oskar, his conc...

  • Trisha
    Feb 28, 2018

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    I DNFed this around the halfway mark. Review coming with thoughts and why I DNFed. ...

    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 dev...

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

    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 protagonis...

    This book was exactly what the stars describe.. Ok. It's also hard to review, besides saying that I wasn't a fan of Miles, so.. As this was entirely from his perspective, you can imagine how this affected my enjoyment of the story. Still, it was quick and easy to read, with lgbt...

    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 a...

    TW: suicide, self harm, abuse, transmisia, mental illness, homomisia, pedophilia. This book handles consent (or the lack of) horribly. I was literally the vomit face emoji throughout the whole book, and there was no consent given in many situations & it?s not addressed directl...

    Transphobic premise. Should not be read by teens ...

    nope ...

    Grief is a funny thing, it's usually messy--and rarely neat--with the barest of touches, it makes a wreck of your life. Miles Away From You is a wreck of a novel, in that it totally encapsulates grief, it's effects--and what it's like to, try to move on. Miles' girlfriend is in...

    Note to self: Will not read due to racism and transphobia. See here. ...

    I have now published my review at my blog, Trish Talks Texts. ...

  • Stephanie
    Apr 30, 2017

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    I DNFed this around the halfway mark. Review coming with thoughts and why I DNFed. ...

    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 dev...

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

    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 protagonis...

    This book was exactly what the stars describe.. Ok. It's also hard to review, besides saying that I wasn't a fan of Miles, so.. As this was entirely from his perspective, you can imagine how this affected my enjoyment of the story. Still, it was quick and easy to read, with lgbt...

    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 a...

    TW: suicide, self harm, abuse, transmisia, mental illness, homomisia, pedophilia. This book handles consent (or the lack of) horribly. I was literally the vomit face emoji throughout the whole book, and there was no consent given in many situations & it?s not addressed directl...

    Transphobic premise. Should not be read by teens ...

    nope ...

    Grief is a funny thing, it's usually messy--and rarely neat--with the barest of touches, it makes a wreck of your life. Miles Away From You is a wreck of a novel, in that it totally encapsulates grief, it's effects--and what it's like to, try to move on. Miles' girlfriend is in...

    Note to self: Will not read due to racism and transphobia. See here. ...

    I have now published my review at my blog, Trish Talks Texts. ...

    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 boo...

    Reading and reviewing YA literature is something I think is very important, and I hold YA authors to a higher standard than I do authors of adult fiction. This is because the audience of readers is generally in their teens and early adult years, and to a certain extent, this can make t...

    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 a...

    Miles is a (queer) teen whose (trans) girlfriend has been in a coma for the past 18 months after she swallowed too many pills in a suicide attempt. To help him find closure and move on, Miles's moms send him on an impromptu one-month vacation to Iceland. There, he meets Oskar, his conc...

    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 sto...

    I only got about 20 pages in and then read a slew of reviews about how problematic this book was in regards to race and people who are transgender that I decided not to read it. I picked it up specifically because of the transgendered character but it appears she was only a plot device...

    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 term...

  • Brooke Banks
    Jan 12, 2018

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

  • Kirsty McGhie
    Jan 11, 2018

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    I DNFed this around the halfway mark. Review coming with thoughts and why I DNFed. ...

    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 dev...

  • Jazmen
    Apr 16, 2018

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    I DNFed this around the halfway mark. Review coming with thoughts and why I DNFed. ...

    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 dev...

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

    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 protagonis...

    This book was exactly what the stars describe.. Ok. It's also hard to review, besides saying that I wasn't a fan of Miles, so.. As this was entirely from his perspective, you can imagine how this affected my enjoyment of the story. Still, it was quick and easy to read, with lgbt...

    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 a...

    TW: suicide, self harm, abuse, transmisia, mental illness, homomisia, pedophilia. This book handles consent (or the lack of) horribly. I was literally the vomit face emoji throughout the whole book, and there was no consent given in many situations & it?s not addressed directl...

    Transphobic premise. Should not be read by teens ...

    nope ...

    Grief is a funny thing, it's usually messy--and rarely neat--with the barest of touches, it makes a wreck of your life. Miles Away From You is a wreck of a novel, in that it totally encapsulates grief, it's effects--and what it's like to, try to move on. Miles' girlfriend is in...

  • C.G. Drews
    Feb 01, 2018

    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 yo...

    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...

  • Katie
    Dec 18, 2017

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

  • Melissa
    Feb 25, 2018

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    I DNFed this around the halfway mark. Review coming with thoughts and why I DNFed. ...

    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 dev...

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

    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 protagonis...

    This book was exactly what the stars describe.. Ok. It's also hard to review, besides saying that I wasn't a fan of Miles, so.. As this was entirely from his perspective, you can imagine how this affected my enjoyment of the story. Still, it was quick and easy to read, with lgbt...

    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 a...

    TW: suicide, self harm, abuse, transmisia, mental illness, homomisia, pedophilia. This book handles consent (or the lack of) horribly. I was literally the vomit face emoji throughout the whole book, and there was no consent given in many situations & it?s not addressed directl...

    Transphobic premise. Should not be read by teens ...

    nope ...

    Grief is a funny thing, it's usually messy--and rarely neat--with the barest of touches, it makes a wreck of your life. Miles Away From You is a wreck of a novel, in that it totally encapsulates grief, it's effects--and what it's like to, try to move on. Miles' girlfriend is in...

    Note to self: Will not read due to racism and transphobia. See here. ...

    I have now published my review at my blog, Trish Talks Texts. ...

    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 boo...

    Reading and reviewing YA literature is something I think is very important, and I hold YA authors to a higher standard than I do authors of adult fiction. This is because the audience of readers is generally in their teens and early adult years, and to a certain extent, this can make t...

    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 a...

    Miles is a (queer) teen whose (trans) girlfriend has been in a coma for the past 18 months after she swallowed too many pills in a suicide attempt. To help him find closure and move on, Miles's moms send him on an impromptu one-month vacation to Iceland. There, he meets Oskar, his conc...

    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 sto...

  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    Sep 13, 2017

    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 yo...

  • Janani
    Jan 10, 2018

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

  • rachel • typed truths
    Oct 25, 2017

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    I DNFed this around the halfway mark. Review coming with thoughts and why I DNFed. ...

    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 dev...

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

    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 protagonis...

    This book was exactly what the stars describe.. Ok. It's also hard to review, besides saying that I wasn't a fan of Miles, so.. As this was entirely from his perspective, you can imagine how this affected my enjoyment of the story. Still, it was quick and easy to read, with lgbt...

    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 a...

    TW: suicide, self harm, abuse, transmisia, mental illness, homomisia, pedophilia. This book handles consent (or the lack of) horribly. I was literally the vomit face emoji throughout the whole book, and there was no consent given in many situations & it?s not addressed directl...

    Transphobic premise. Should not be read by teens ...

    nope ...

  • Weezie
    Oct 23, 2017

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    I DNFed this around the halfway mark. Review coming with thoughts and why I DNFed. ...

  • K.A.
    Jul 12, 2017

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

    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. ...

    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, ...

  • Liz Ellor
    Jan 11, 2018

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    I DNFed this around the halfway mark. Review coming with thoughts and why I DNFed. ...

    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 dev...

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

    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 protagonis...

    This book was exactly what the stars describe.. Ok. It's also hard to review, besides saying that I wasn't a fan of Miles, so.. As this was entirely from his perspective, you can imagine how this affected my enjoyment of the story. Still, it was quick and easy to read, with lgbt...

    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 a...

    TW: suicide, self harm, abuse, transmisia, mental illness, homomisia, pedophilia. This book handles consent (or the lack of) horribly. I was literally the vomit face emoji throughout the whole book, and there was no consent given in many situations & it?s not addressed directl...

    Transphobic premise. Should not be read by teens ...

  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    Apr 22, 2018

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

  • Tara
    Apr 11, 2018

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    I DNFed this around the halfway mark. Review coming with thoughts and why I DNFed. ...

    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 dev...

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

    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 protagonis...

    This book was exactly what the stars describe.. Ok. It's also hard to review, besides saying that I wasn't a fan of Miles, so.. As this was entirely from his perspective, you can imagine how this affected my enjoyment of the story. Still, it was quick and easy to read, with lgbt...

  • Riddhi Mazumder
    Jul 28, 2017

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

    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. ...

  • Julie,
    Jul 13, 2017

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    I DNFed this around the halfway mark. Review coming with thoughts and why I DNFed. ...

    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 dev...

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

    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 protagonis...

    This book was exactly what the stars describe.. Ok. It's also hard to review, besides saying that I wasn't a fan of Miles, so.. As this was entirely from his perspective, you can imagine how this affected my enjoyment of the story. Still, it was quick and easy to read, with lgbt...

    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 a...

    TW: suicide, self harm, abuse, transmisia, mental illness, homomisia, pedophilia. This book handles consent (or the lack of) horribly. I was literally the vomit face emoji throughout the whole book, and there was no consent given in many situations & it?s not addressed directl...

    Transphobic premise. Should not be read by teens ...

    nope ...

    Grief is a funny thing, it's usually messy--and rarely neat--with the barest of touches, it makes a wreck of your life. Miles Away From You is a wreck of a novel, in that it totally encapsulates grief, it's effects--and what it's like to, try to move on. Miles' girlfriend is in...

    Note to self: Will not read due to racism and transphobia. See here. ...

    I have now published my review at my blog, Trish Talks Texts. ...

    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 boo...

    Reading and reviewing YA literature is something I think is very important, and I hold YA authors to a higher standard than I do authors of adult fiction. This is because the audience of readers is generally in their teens and early adult years, and to a certain extent, this can make t...

    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 a...

    Miles is a (queer) teen whose (trans) girlfriend has been in a coma for the past 18 months after she swallowed too many pills in a suicide attempt. To help him find closure and move on, Miles's moms send him on an impromptu one-month vacation to Iceland. There, he meets Oskar, his conc...

    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 sto...

    I only got about 20 pages in and then read a slew of reviews about how problematic this book was in regards to race and people who are transgender that I decided not to read it. I picked it up specifically because of the transgendered character but it appears she was only a plot device...

    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 term...

    Coming soon, from one of my agency sisters!! So excited for you, Ash!! Wahooo! ...

  • Annie (Diverse Reads)
    Nov 06, 2017

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    I DNFed this around the halfway mark. Review coming with thoughts and why I DNFed. ...

    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 dev...

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

    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 protagonis...

    This book was exactly what the stars describe.. Ok. It's also hard to review, besides saying that I wasn't a fan of Miles, so.. As this was entirely from his perspective, you can imagine how this affected my enjoyment of the story. Still, it was quick and easy to read, with lgbt...

    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 a...

  • Lulu (the library leopard)
    Jan 11, 2018

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    I DNFed this around the halfway mark. Review coming with thoughts and why I DNFed. ...

    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 dev...

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

  • Amy
    Jan 13, 2018

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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 t...

  • Mars
    Mar 23, 2018

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    I DNFed this around the halfway mark. Review coming with thoughts and why I DNFed. ...

    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 dev...

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

    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 protagonis...

    This book was exactly what the stars describe.. Ok. It's also hard to review, besides saying that I wasn't a fan of Miles, so.. As this was entirely from his perspective, you can imagine how this affected my enjoyment of the story. Still, it was quick and easy to read, with lgbt...

    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 a...

    TW: suicide, self harm, abuse, transmisia, mental illness, homomisia, pedophilia. This book handles consent (or the lack of) horribly. I was literally the vomit face emoji throughout the whole book, and there was no consent given in many situations & it?s not addressed directl...

  • Ilonita50
    Feb 19, 2018

    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 yo...

    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...

    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 poi...

    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 tran...

    This book was an intense and difficult read that I surprisingly enjoyed immensely. Before going into this book, I do have to put the disclaimer out there that it deals with heavy content some of which is sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, suicide, and depression. Honestly, that...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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 t...

    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. ...

    I DNFed this around the halfway mark. Review coming with thoughts and why I DNFed. ...

    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 dev...

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

    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 protagonis...

    This book was exactly what the stars describe.. Ok. It's also hard to review, besides saying that I wasn't a fan of Miles, so.. As this was entirely from his perspective, you can imagine how this affected my enjoyment of the story. Still, it was quick and easy to read, with lgbt...

    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 a...

    TW: suicide, self harm, abuse, transmisia, mental illness, homomisia, pedophilia. This book handles consent (or the lack of) horribly. I was literally the vomit face emoji throughout the whole book, and there was no consent given in many situations & it?s not addressed directl...

    Transphobic premise. Should not be read by teens ...

    nope ...

    Grief is a funny thing, it's usually messy--and rarely neat--with the barest of touches, it makes a wreck of your life. Miles Away From You is a wreck of a novel, in that it totally encapsulates grief, it's effects--and what it's like to, try to move on. Miles' girlfriend is in...

    Note to self: Will not read due to racism and transphobia. See here. ...

    I have now published my review at my blog, Trish Talks Texts. ...

    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 boo...

    Reading and reviewing YA literature is something I think is very important, and I hold YA authors to a higher standard than I do authors of adult fiction. This is because the audience of readers is generally in their teens and early adult years, and to a certain extent, this can make t...

    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 a...