Miles Morlaes: Spiderman, by Jason Reynolds

download (1)Brooklyn Visions Academy student Miles Morales may not always want to be a superhero, but he must come to terms with his identity – and deal with a villainous teacher as the new Spiderman.

Today I’m going to try and do something new. I’m going to try and write a bullet point review. I used to do these, and I’m ready to try again. Once. Either way, I really liked Miles Morales: Spiderman but it wasn’t as entertaining as I wanted it to be. I couldn’t relate to Miles as much as I hoped that I would. I also couldn’t understand some of the lingo.

Pros:

  • The plot – I was engrossed in the plot and couldn’t wait for the next action scenes!!! Everything was very intense and I couldn’t wait to see what Miles would do next.
  • The family aspect – Miles was always talking to his parents and he considered them before acting. The Morales family had dinner every Sunday and seemed like a real family. That is always so much better than the absentee parent trope.
  • The villains – The villain(s) were so unique and I have never read anything like them. I loved their symbols the most though. I hope that there is a sequel so that I know what happened to the villain(s).
  • The humor – All of the humor in this book was very well-written and had me laughing a lot. Once, I laughed so hard that I fell out of my chair!!!!
  • Miles – I enjoyed reading this book from Miles’s perspective, even if I didn’t understand most of his dialect. Miles was a good kid and one that I think will change the world someday.
  • The friendships – The friendships in this book were so genuine and I loved that so so much!!! All of the friendships in this book touched my heart because of their actions.

Miles Morales_ Spiderman Quotes

Cons 

  • The romance – Miles’s relationship with the love interest seemed too forced. I liked the love interest in her own, but when she was with Miles everything seemed fake.
  • The dialogue – Sometimes I couldn’t understand what Miles and his friends were saying. I don’t think that is a particularly bad thing, but it did irritate me. I haven’t been to Brooklyn, so I don’t understand their dialect at all.
  • The ending – The ending just seemed to clear cut to me. The usual superhero ending happened and it just. . . fell flat for me. I wanted to connect with it, but I just couldn’t.
  • The “Showtime” – Showtime just felt wrong to me. I understand why it happened and the boy’s situation. But I still couldn’t connect with it. There wasn’t enough description for me to really connect.
  • The tragic backstory – That was mostly left in the dark. Miles gave the bare minimum and nothing more. I get that it was an uncomfortable topic, but Jason still could have explained it better through a flashback.

This wasn’t my favorite Jason Reynolds book, but I did enjoy it. I highly recommend it to all Spiderman fans. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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