Fred Aceves


The Closest I’ve Come is a raw and funny must-read, chosen as a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, an NYPL Best Book of the Year, and a ALA/YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. Now in paperback!

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2017! An NYPL Best Book of the Year! An ALA/YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection!

Now in paperback: the book National Book Award winner Elizabeth Acevedo called an “unflinching portrayal of boyhood and the seemingly impossible circumstances so many young people face”; 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 author Fred Aceves.

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 he 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.

The Closest I've Come

SKU: 9780062488541

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