Banned Review: Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds

“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.

As Miles tries to get his school life back on track, he can’t shake the vivid nightmares that continue to haunt him. Nor can he avoid the relentless buzz of his spidey-sense every day in history class, amidst his teacher’s lectures on the historical “benefits” of slavery and the importance of the modern-day prison system. But after his scholarship is threatened, Miles uncovers a chilling plot, one that puts his friends, his neighborhood, and himself at risk.

It’s time for Miles to suit up.

The Meta Details:
Source: Netgalley
Format: eBook
Length: 272 pages
Publication Date: August 1st, 2017
Genre: Superheroes, Coming of Age
Content Level: Young Adult
Pearl Clutching Content: real life. (the only thing book snobs hate more than smut is the reminder that real life is messy and racism is real and alive in America)
Trigger Warnings: racism and classism. To an epic degree. Shitty teachers. Shitty families. Divorcing parents.
Featuring: Arguably the best Spider-Man. And I’m still recovering from Homecoming. That is how awesome Miles Morales is. (And an epic best friend, parents, love interest, librarian… Fuck I love me an epic librarian.)

Recommended for: Everyone. This is a must read.

Ginny Lurcock’s Thoughts: If Get Out and Homecoming had a baby… it would have a serious crush on Miles Morales. It wouldn’t be Miles Morales, but it would be close enough to be drawn to it, like a moth to a flame.

Or a fly to a spider’s web…
(See what I did there?)
I just, I cannot get over how good this book was. I laughed. I cried. I threw up and shook, my body wracked with chills even as I sat around in 90 degree weather. It was fucking astounding. Just… just fucking everything. So fucking important in our current culture. Relevant to this exact moment in history.
It is everything.
I want a prequel. I need a sequel. I just… I’m still having feelings over it. All the feelings. To the point where I’m pretty much just weeping openly at my computer as I type this.
(Sort of a minor spoiler, so skip if you’re worried) I keep thinking back to the fight with the big bad of the book. You discover his identity and then BLAM! Miles is fighting him. It happens so quickly that it shows that this one fight, this one evil, this one victory isn’t enough to change his fate. That Miles and Spider-Man will both have to keep on fighting. To save himself, his neighborhood, and … well… basically the world.
Because the only way we’re going to make it as a civilization is to overcome the true evil that lurks at the heart of this novel.
This book is going to stay with me for a good long time, and I can feel the fangirling recommendations building up already. As soon as I’m done crying, expect me to explode into a cloud of red and black glitter.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for a fair and honest review via Netgalley.

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