A Kirkus Best Book of 2017 * A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year * An ALA/YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection
Read the book Morris Award finalist Sonia Patel called a brilliant, subtle debut, and Kirkus hailed as heart-wrenching, funny, hopeful, and not-to-be-missed in a starred review
The Closest I've Come is a must-read from talented first-time author Fred Aceves, in the tradition of Walter Dean Myers.
Marcos Rivas yearns for love, a working cell phone, and maybe a pair of sneakers that aren't falling apart. But more than anything, Marcos wants to get out of Maesta, his hood, away from his indifferent mom and her abusive boyfriend--which seems impossible.
When Marcos is placed in a new after-school program, he meets Zach and Amy, whose friendship inspires Marcos to open up to his Maesta crew, too, and starts to think more about his future and what he has to fight for. Marcos ultimately learns that bravery isn't about acting tough and being macho; it's about being true to yourself.
The Closest I've Come is a story about traversing real and imagined boundaries, about discovering new things in the world, and about discovering yourself, too.
--B&N Teen BlogBinding Type:
8.50h x 5.80w x 1.10dReview Citations: Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks
01/01/2018Voice of Youth Advocates
08/01/2017 - Recommended - Better Than MostKirkus Reviews
09/01/2017School Library Journal
10/15/2017 pg. 50Hornbook Guide to Children
01/01/2018 - Recommended, SatisfactoryAccelerated Reader Quiz #/Name:
502114 / Closest I've ComeReading Level:
4.8 / Interest Level:
Upper Grade / Point Value: