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...
  • C.G. Drews
    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...
  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    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 is such a small description of the depth and heaviness in this novel.In opposition, this novel is incredible in that it truly packs a punch when it comes to divers...
  • Riddhi (desiderium.)
    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...
  • 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.
  • Weezie
    I DNFed this around the halfway mark. Review coming with thoughts and why I DNFed.
  • 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.
  • Nicole
    This review can also be seen on: NicoleHendersonReadsThis was originally one of my most anticipated releases of this year solely because of its intriguing plot and cover. But that was before I read some very negative reviews about this book, involving using a trans character’s suicide attempt as a plot device and portraying people of colour to be terrible people. I also recognized that this book presents the white saviour trope (as almost every...
  • 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...
  • Tara
    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+ diversity galore (the only characters of color were the religious, transphobic parents of the girlfriend, though, so that's an issue).2 stars.Edit: One of the stars is fo...
  • Mars
    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 directly or handled in a sensitive way. It’s all swept under the rug or laughed off and the MC still remains an ahole. Also as an ownvoices trans reviewer and as an ownvoices ac...
  • Liz Ellor
    Transphobic premise. Should not be read by teens
  • Jazmen
    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 a coma, and everything outside of her seems wrong. The art website and magazine they've worked on together--seems like a space that will never be filled again.Everything i...
  • Trisha
    I have now published my review at my blog, Trish Talks Texts.
  • Hope Decker
    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 them vulnerable. That being said, when I read a YA book that has an outcry of criticism from a group of people I respect, I tend to listen. Miles away from you is on...
  • 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...
  • Bethany
    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 concierge at the hotel. However, it turns out that Oskar unexpectedly and semi-accidentally becomes more friend than hotelier. Oskar takes Miles on tours of Iceland, of...
  • 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...