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Miles Morales: Spider-Man

(Marvel Press Novels)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  6,090 ratings  ·  1,327 reviews
“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 pre
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Marvel Press
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Nicole I think it's better for middle schoolers or older. The protagonist is an 11th grader.…moreI think it's better for middle schoolers or older. The protagonist is an 11th grader.(less)
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Nic Stone
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Before reading this novel, I thought: COOL! A Black and Puerto Rican superhero slinging webs and saving lives!

After reading, I think the same thing... but MAN is there so much more to this book than that.

Truthfully, I was expecting Spider-Man's regular antics, just with some brown skin beneath the spandex suit (silly me, though, right? This is a Jason Reynolds book. Obviously not going to be that cut and dry). What I HADN'T considered was that being a "superhero" would be a fundamentally diffe
Sep 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
One of the worst books I've ever read. There is no plot or story. A Spider-Man book where nothing really happens except Miles goes to school for a week. We get no answers why this teacher is harassing Miles, why all these Mr. Chamberlains are targeting minority youths or why they are having the same dreams. The villain of the book is only in it for the last 20 pages. We get no resolution. Miles uses his powers in his civilian clothes to win a dance-off in a crowded subway car. Miles's dad is por ...more
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for approving my request for a free digital copy in exchange for a review.

Can I have sequel, please? Please make this a series!

"Miles Morales" is my first foray into the world of Jason Reynolds and I am now and will forever be a full time resident. This book is nothing short of exceptional. Despite being a fan of Peter Parker (and Spiderman in general), I never quite got around to reading about Miles. I knew of him via word of mouth, I know that this is a w
Paz R.M.
I... did not like this.
This was not what I was expecting, it reads as a middle grade book and even when the book touches important topics, I felt that it did so in a very shallow way. The writing was... it was quite juvenile and even when this book has very little Spider-Man and there's a lot of description of Miles's life, I still didn't grasp completely who he was and what he wanted. He might have been the weakest character in this book. I also haaated Ganke. Goddamn, what an annoying characte
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this! Even though it was about a superhero it felt very real. Miles’s situation is one that many people are in and I feel like a lot of people could relate to his story. I also liked how this book touches upon the prison system and the effects it has. Overall, this book is a perfect blend of Spidey fun and real world issues.

I have suddenly developed a new love for Spider-Man after recently watching all of Tom Holland’s versions of him. So, after watching Avengers: Infinity War I needed more Spider-Man. This is where Miles Morales was perfect. This was short, sweet and had a depth that carried through in a powerful sense. There was something lacking in this story, but it was overall, a really enjoyable read that highlighted family and friendship.

Miles Morales is ab
L. McCoy
Wow... I don’t even know where to begin. Lots of people say reading makes people smart, it’s a bit pretentious but many say it... I feel dumber after reading this one though.

What’s it about?
Good question. I read the stupid thing and it was kind of a mess. Pretty much, just imagine reading miscellaneous adventures of bland characters, you get this.

Why it gets 1 star:
The story is weak.
The writing is awful. Boring narrative, bad dialogue and grammatical errors fill the pages of this mess.
The charac
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
I love Miles with all my heart! I’m sad that there were hardly any action scenes. I did love the overall message about identity and race.
Ashley Marie
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bipoc-authors
4.5 stars

Solid execution and a great introduction (for me) to the character of Miles Morales. I appreciated how Reynolds put the Spider-Man part on the back burner and gave us a (mostly) down-to-earth story about a (mostly) down-to-earth kid. The dialogue popped and while there may not have been a ton of action til the end, I was with it the whole way. Chamberlain called to mind Chapman of the Animorphs books -- another one of those creepy-teacher types. Crossover fanfic, anyone? Also, Miles' pa
Jim C
Aug 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book is a YA book based on the Marvel character. In this one, we view the life proceedings of Miles Morales who is also Spider-Man. We see him deal with family, school, and social interactions with the opposite sex.

Okay, quick question. When is a Spider-Man book not a Spider-Man book? The answer would be this book. When I read a Spider-Man book I would like to see the character and I believe he didn't even make it to twenty pages. Instead we see Miles having dance offs, discovering he has a
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
I adore Miles Morales but the story... not so much.

- Again: I adore Miles Morales. He's such a great Spiderman - kind, earnest, and doing his absolute best.
- I loved Reynold's portrayal of him - a kid from a working class family who bears the weight of his parents' expectations and society's expectations - a portrayal that shows great understanding and does Miles' identity justice.
- Though the book doesn't really have a 'plot', the story highlights important themes and issues such as race, sys
Briar's Reviews
I came into this book expecting an exciting Spider-Man filled adventure, but I got way more Miles Morales high school student with extra human abilities instead.

I expected so much more from this book, which makes me feel kinda sour. The writing is incredible, Miles Morales is a fun narrator and the cover is WOW. But this was way more just a Miles Morales story than a Spider-Man story. I expected (and wanted) Lots of action, Spidey bad guys and thrilling fight scenes. There were a bit, but not en
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing

FINALLY one of these Marvel or DC tie-in books that I've ENJOYED. A LOT. LOVED.

I hope there are more especially w the Miles animated movie coming out next? year. It's great because it reads like a Reynolds book that just happens to be about Spider-Man.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: poc-author
3.5 stars
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-releases

In Miles Morales Spider-Man, we follow sixteen year old Black and Puerto Rican high school student Miles, who's also a Spider-Man. The story is focused on his daily life, managing different parts of his identities and trying to figure out who he is.

I enjoyed reading the novel. It felt more like a contemporary than a Marvel story. Undoubtedly, Miles is Super Hero and he does help people and fight bad guys, but I felt the focus was on his daily life, on studying at school, on relationships with
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, net-galley-read
The best superpower is fantastic storytelling. I highly recommend Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds.
Abby Foster
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Time to suit up: Jason Reynolds’ Miles Morales Spider-Man is the superhero we’ve all been waiting for, but with a diversity responsive focus that today’s readers have been longing for. Miles Morales is a teenager living in Brooklyn, attending a prestigious academy just a few blocks away from his mom and dad. As we are introduced to Miles, we are in his shoes as he struggles his way through his life. He and his family are met with financial issues, he tries to find a way to confront
Bethany Lizama
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fyep-books
Miles Morales is a novel that takes an interesting approach towards the all-amazing and fascinating figure, Spider Man, that the world has come to know and love. As a sixteen year old from a culturally-mixed, rural city upbringing, Miles Morales has landed himself a scholarship to the prestigious Brooklyn Visions Academy— and the role of Spider Man. As Miles tries to juggle school and family life, he’s faced with the task of ta
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite booksellers described this book as 25% Spider-Man and 75% Jason Reynolds, which is completely accurate. I absolutely LOVED Miles Morales and can't recommend it enough. What Jason does to transform the history and legacy of Miles in just 272 short pages is incredible.

Miles is a 15 year old black-Puerto Rican youth with a whole lot going on and, oh, he also has the same powers as Spider-Man. The old mantra "with great power comes great responsibility" sounds great except when y
Erin Cataldi
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, audiobook
This is a superhero book, that doesn't focus on the special powers or saving people. Miles is a student at Brooklyn Vision Academy and he's got a lot on his plate; he doesn't have a ton of time for the whole superhero thing. He has to be on his best behavior after getting a suspension, but it's getting increasingly harder to do with his dreaded history professor, Mr. Chamberlain. Plus he's got some family issues at home, grades to worry about, a girl to crush on and so much more. He does get the ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really great, probably the best superhero novel that I have read! Reynolds added a lot more to it, which shouldn't be all that surprising. He definitely put his own spin on the character, who is a lot more fresh and relevant than the constantly redone Peter Parker storylines. I feel like the big climax was too fast, but loved the epilogue. Definitely a great book for readers who are even slightly interested in Spider-Man, or who are fans of Reynolds' other books. ...more
Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)
Read this in one sitting. Loved all the characters, plus Reynolds' writing was so on point to what's currently going on. An important and thought-provoking Spider-Man and I am so overjoyed that Miles' Puerto Rican heritage wasn't erased. ...more
Chasia Lloyd
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
PHENOMENAL. The villain was sooooo effed up too omg. Great book about a Black+Puerto Rican superhero fighting his racist oppressors.
Jillian Heise
This was deeper than I expected. Of course, I didn't know anything about the Miles Morales origin or legacy before starting the book. But it was less about Spider-Man and more about a kid trying to figure out who he really wants to be, and what kind of impact he wants to make on the world and his neighborhood. It's about finding pride (and strength) in where you come from, no matter what others think about it. This story was less about the action of being Spider-Man and more about the heart & sp ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely burned through this book in one setting. Jason Reynolds is a master of character development, and he's done such a fantastic job with Miles Morales. I haven't read the comics yet but this is a Spiderman I can get behind. Well-paced story, and love how the relationships, both family and friendship, are so well fleshed out. Looking forward to reading more of Miles in the future. ...more
Tori Oshiro
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tori-s-books

“Spider-Man, Spider man, friendly neighborhood Spiderman…” In this modern twist on Spiderman, it’s not Peter Parker who is saving the day, it’s teenage boy Miles Morales.

Miles Morales: Spiderman written by Jason Reynolds is a story about “average” teenager Miles Morales who resides in the Brooklyn projects. He comes from a low-income yet loving and supporting family and has received a scholarship to attend a very prominent boarding school with his friend Ganke, while also being the
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: black-author
3.5 stars

I went into this having previously read some of the original comics with Miles so I was excited to see him in this new form, and I wasn't disappointed. I will say if you're looking for a super action packed marvel movie style book you might not be happy as the plot of this is definitely more along the lines of a regular contemporary. Miles isn't really out here saving the world, but I didn't mind that at all. I thought it was enjoyable to read about him dealing with his daily life and s
4 stars

I fell in love with Miles Morales and his story as soon as I clicked play on Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse. So upon seeing this book in the library and seeing that it was written by Jason Reynolds, I knew that I had to pick this one up! And it definitely did not disappoint.

I loved Reynolds' Miles from the minute he stepped onto the page, if only for the fact that it's so deeply evident how much he cares. Miles truly tries his hardest and while it doesn't work out and he doesn't always
Aug 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Quick Review: Unfortunately this was a major disappointment. Miles was almost never Spider-Man, the characters felt different from the comics, and a lot of didn’t seem to make much sense. The conversation of race was a good one, but it felt more like a book on race and less of a superhero book. I wish there was more of a balance, it would have made the story a stronger one. I don’t recommend this book, and if you want to read Miles’s story jus
Jenna Tapia
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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After earning a BA in English from The University of Maryland, College Park, Jason Reynolds moved to Brooklyn, New York, where you can often find him walking the four blocks from the train to his apartment talking to himself. Well, not really talking to himself, but just repeating character names and plot lines he thought of on the train, over and over again, because he’s afraid he’ll forget it al ...more

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