In the pages of her first book, Miles to Go, Cyrus tells PEOPLE she hopes that her fans will see "that I'm a real person just like them." "Most of the time you see me smiling – I mean that's how I got my name! – but that's not what it's all about. Everyone goes through hardships and heartbreaks," she says.
Before she became Hannah Montana, Cyrus writes, she had to endure daily hazing from bullies in sixth grade, who did everything from stealing her books to locking her in the school bathroom. Looking back, "sometimes I wish I could get an apology [from the mean girls], but to be honest I don't need one," she says. "I moved on and I believe they moved on as well. It helped make me the person I am today."
Young LoveOther people she writes about in her book include her first love – whom she only refers to as Prince Charming (Hint: His real name starts with Nick and ends with Jonas) – her Hannah costars and the rest of the Cyrus clan. "My family is a huge part of this book," she says. "They were involved in the process and we talked a lot about what I was going to write about."
Why open up about all of this now? Says Cyrus: "I want my fans to feel closer to me."
To read an exclusive excerpt of Miley's autobiography, check out the latest issue of PEOPLE, on stands Friday