The Closest I've Come

The Closest I've Come

Book - 2017 | First edition
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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 himself.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062488534 (hardcover)
0062488538 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: Y ACEVES
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Closest I have come


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Marcos wants to get out of the hood, away from his indifferent mom and her abusive boyfriend.

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LPL_EricaS Jan 02, 2018

The Closest I've Come is a window into the Maesta projects and Marcos Rivas' life. A world of fights, drug deals, uncaring mothers, abusive father-figures, and poverty so dire that food is scarce and sneakers are held together with tape. When one of Marcos' teachers nominates him to be in the Future Success program, Marco meets two friends - a punk girl that steals his heart and a rich, drama boy that truly cares about Marcos' thoughts and feelings. The lessons the three learn from supporting one another spill over into the classroom and awaken the teacher to the real struggles preventing the students from succeeding. It's a story of friendship and heartbreak that resonates with hope and perseverance.


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