Miles Away from You by A.B. Rutledge

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 from Oskar, a local who is equal parts endearing and aloof, Miles decides ...

Details Miles Away from You

TitleMiles Away from You
Release DateMar 20th, 2018
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Lgbt

Reviews Miles Away from You

  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    Note: All of this is coming from my cis perspective. I can only do the best that I know how to do, but if you are a trans individual who disagrees with my perspective, or if you have an own-voice review for this book, please let me know in the comments and I would love to help boost your voice!There are some minor spoilers ahead, because I couldn't discuss all of the problems I had with this book without them.Content warnings: suicide, self harm,...
  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    Oh wow, so this was basically about a Iceland and sex and sex in Iceland. Aaand that's about 89% of the book RIGHT THERE. 0_0 I also realise this is a controversial one, and I totally acknowledge people's concerns. I'm not trans, so I won't critique that aspect, but I do point you to a twitter thread by a trans person in publishing that talks about why it's problematic and I highly encourage you to read that.+ Look I really really REALLY don't wa...
  • Katie
    I'm gonna withhold judgment until I know more about this, but am I the only person who doesn't want to read about a trans girl getting fridged for the sake of a cis white boy's character arc...?Edit 1/11/18: Now that I've seen a lot of people I respect who read ARCs of this and pointed out the transphobia and racism, and having read the book in draft stages and seen the problematic aspects then (and knowing now that the author didn't change anyth...
  • Janani
    I see that a bunch of people have tagged this as an ace-spec book (and lord knows I'm always looking for ace and aro-spec contemporary/non-SFF novels), but I don't need to read this Black trans teen's suicide-inspires-white-boy-to-see-the-world story (that's not written by a Black trans author). Not when Black trans folx are already at such high risk IRL, and not when publishing still doesn't give equal opportunity to Black trans (and other margi...
  • Riddhi Mazumder
    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.
  • K.A.
    This book was hilarious, beautiful, poignant, heartbreaking, and downright sexy in places. Miles, the MC, was easy to relate to. He had a great sense of humor, and instantly felt like a friend. The voice was perfect, the setting phenomenal; the author added so many little details, which made the Icelandic setting all the more real for me. If you're someone who's ever struggled with what they thought was right, or struggled to find themselves in a...
  • Weezie
    I DNFed this around the halfway mark. Review coming with thoughts and why I DNFed.
  • Amy
    Well, that was awful. Before I start -- I know there's been some discussion on the premise, and the fridging of a trans character -- I was uneasy going in, but honestly, I wanted to read it because I heard Miles was Demi, and I'm Demi, and I so rarely see Demi characters in books that I was willing to take what I could get.This was HORRIFICALLY BAD Demi rep.Quite frankly -- Miles is not Demi.Just gonna flat out say it. I totally get that everyone...
  • Brooke Banks
    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.
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    The contemps this year have been hella good. I don't typically dole out this many five stars in a row. And this one is no exception.So I want to preface this by saying this is not my kind of book. You may misunderstand what I mean. I don't typically prefer/read male type protagonists and not typically into road trips/traveling abroad to find oneself. So this book was chock full of stuff that I don't usually like or read, and yet... and yet...Mile...
  • Kirsty McGhie
    DNF. I was so looking forward to this as the MC is pansexual but he’s a white cis dude and it’s all about his experiences after his black trans girlfriend commits suicide and we literally do not need another story about a black trans girl killing herself to further a white guys development.
  • Liz Ellor
    Transphobic premise. Should not be read by teens
  • Ilonita50
    I received the e-arc from Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt Children's Book Group, thank you!Warning, the book, however most of the plot is being set in Iceland, it doesn't focus on travel, it is about curing the depression and finding sexuality, finding ways how to be with someone else and see life again, however weird it may seem for someone outside. This young adult novel tells about Miles, who lands in Iceland, being sent there by his two moms and d...
  • Melissa
    There is a lot of talk around this book that says it's problematic. And I agree, vehemently. There's nothing new that I can say about that subject that hasn't already been said, and furthermore, I'm not exactly who should be speaking to that.But on top of that, I don't like the story. It took me five months to read it, because I was uninterested and unimpressed. Miles is a selfish, obsessive boy that I didn't connect with. And his parents just pa...
  • Val
    racist and transphobic, see other reviews for details. :(
  • Heather Ezell
    I read MILES AWAY FROM YOU some weeks ago and the story has stayed with me ever since. Miles comes to mind on a regular basis--the heart ache, the bravery, the grief, the beauty and nuance of his relationship with Vivian, the rendering of Iceland. And the format--the format. I'm often dubious of novels composed of entirely emails/instant messaging but MAFY is an example of finding the structure that best serves the story and character journey. If...
  • Diana Kim
    This is a book that you will never truly forget. Miles is a character that will stick with you until the very end. He is funny, witty, and sarcastic and when he cries or laughs you will too. A.B Rutledge has created a teenage character who keeps things real. The insecurities and the not-so-smart moments are spot on. Miles is relatable to all teenagers struggling with finding themselves through desperate times. The LGBT representation in the novel...
  • Ailsa
    This was a sweet book with an endearingly honest protagonist in Miles, an eighteen year old whose girlfriend Vivian is in a coma due to an overdose. Although it's written in the format of letters to Viv, it doesn't focus on her, more on his journey to find out who he is without her. Gender identity and sexuality is dealt with deftly and with consideration and I loved the honest depictions of sex. Because newsflash! teenagers have sex, and it's go...
  • Kate Dansette
    American protagonist Miles is trying to deal with his trans girlfriend, Vivian, being in a coma following a suicide attempt when his moms arrange a month in a hotel in Iceland for him to attempt to heal. Despite me feeling a bit “woah! How much did THAT cost?” I managed to get behind his book because Miles is a compelling and funny narrator who can acknowledge his own privilege and occasional whininess. This was an emotional and surprising re...
  • Tara
    Not really a book I enjoyed. May resonate with LGBTQ youth, although I'm not sure how many can relate to the idea of Miles having totally supportive, lesbian parents.
  • Tesha Ham
    Disclaimer: I received a free ARC in exchange for my review; however all thoughts and opinions are solely my own.I adore this book! It is beautifully written and completely heart wrenching. I think that the diversity in the characters, including almost every branch of the LGBTQA+ community, and the realistic plot brings things to light that are prominent in today's society. It shows struggles that many people face and the horror that sometimes re...