The Closest I've Come

November 30, 2020
The Closest I've Come

A Kirkus Best Book of 2017 A New York Public LibraryBest Book of the Year An ALA/YALSA Best Fiction for YoungAdults SelectionRead 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 starredreview!The Closest I've Come is a must-read from talented first-timeauthor Fred Aceves, in the tradition of Walter Dean Myers.Marcos Rivas yearns for love, a working cell phone, and maybe apair of sneakers that aren't falling apart. But more than anything,Marcos wants to get out of Maesta, his hood, away from hisindifferent mom and her abusive boyfriend—which seemsimpossible.When Marcos is placed in a new after-school program, he meetsZach and Amy, whose friendship inspires Marcos to open up to hisMaesta crew, too, and starts to think more about his future andwhat he has to fight for. Marcos ultimately learns that braveryisn't about acting tough and being macho; it's about being true toyourself.The Closest I've Come is a story about traversing real andimagined boundaries, about discovering new things in the world, andabout discovering yourself, too.