This book is brilliant. Miles Morales is a totally enthralling read, with an audiobook that takes it over the top. The plot is thrilling and thought provoking, the writing is compelling, the characters are vibrant, and funny. I love this book, and before going in, I wasn’t even sure I’d like it. I’ve never read a comic book that wasn’t named Archie, but here I am, fan-girling about a Spider-man novel, and hoping that Jason Reynolds writes a sequel.
Miles Morales is a sixteen-year-old boy, with super speed, super strength, the power to camouflage, can throw webs, and has a spidey sense that he thinks has been malfunctioning. He’s also a sixteen-year-old, only child from Brooklyn, with a Puerto Rican momma and an African American father who have invested their hopes, dreams, and money to allow Miles to go to a prestigious private school so he can get off the block.
As the story begins, Miles is suspended from school after a conflict with his history teacher. Miles begins to wonder if his powers are glitchy because he’s been getting in trouble, and if he’s predestined to go bad. He’s battling the painful events of his past, while juggling the pressures of his future. Jason Reynolds’ Miles Morales is smart, endearing, charming, and easy to love and root for. Guy Lockard’s narration is perfect, with a dynamism that makes the characters jump out at you.
This is a fantastic young adult novel. It’s a book that adults will read and enjoy, but I think teenagers will love it, so if you have one or know one, push this on them. It’s both meaningful and entertaining–timely too. I love how Reynolds interprets Miles’ story. It’s real, even if it is about a kid who’s part spider who swings around the city and battles a villain who tries to control his city. Miles himself has layers, and comes with the added bonuses that are his hilarious best friend (love you, Ganke!), and his sweet parents, with a few other lively side characters.
Do you want to read a fresh and multifaceted take on the Spider Man? Do you want a story about family, friendship, romance, history, and what it means to fight for your future? Do you want to be taken on a fun ride, while being moved by the truth of the message. If you do, then read Miles Morales.
“You can’t be out there saving the world when your neighborhood ain’t even straight.”
Book InfoMiles Morales by Jason Reynolds
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
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"Everyone gets mad at hustlers, especially if you're on the victim side of the hustle. And Miles knew hustling was in his veins."
Miles Morales is just your average teenager. Dinner every Sunday with his parents, chilling out playing old-school video games with his best friend, Ganke, crushing on brainy, beautiful poet Alicia. He's even got a scholarship spot at the prestigious Brooklyn Visions Academy. Oh yeah, and he's Spider Man.
But lately, Miles's spidey-sense has been on the fritz. When a misunderstanding leads to his suspension from school, Miles begins to question his abilities. After all, his dad and uncle were Brooklyn jack-boys with criminal records. Maybe kids like Miles aren't meant to be superheroes. Maybe Miles should take his dad's advice and focus on saving himself.