23 April 2018
NOT RECOMMENDED: Miles Away From You
Rutledge, A.B. Miles Away From You. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2018.
Miles fell in love with Vivian, a transgender girl. Vivian attempted suicide and has been on life support for over a year. He takes a trip to Iceland, has sex with lots of people, and deals with the fact that he wants to let Vivian die with dignity while her parents have deadnamed her, taken her off of her hormones, and are continuing to fund her life support.
Why the low rating? This twitter thread by a trans person will help you understand the trans perspective on this book. Also, the main character is not sympathetic, likeable, or relatable (how many teens do you know whose parents can fund a trip to Iceland on a whim?). I could not in good conscience give this book to a transgender teen, an asexual teen, or a nonbinary teen. There are much better books available.
Red Flags: transphobic language is just the start
Overall Rating: 1/5 stars
Read Instead: Autoboyography, Mask of Shadows, Noteworthy, Tash Hearts Tolstoy