The Closest I've Come by Fred Aceves

The Closest I've Come

Marcos Rivas wants to find love.He’s sure as hell not getting it at home, where his mom’s racist boyfriend beats him up. Or from his boys, who aren’t exactly the “hug it out” type. Marcos 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—which seems impossible.W...

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The Closest I've Come Reviews

  • Dahlia
    Sped through this in a couple of hours today and loved it. This book has endless amounts of Voice and I'm so thrilled to see more coming-of-age stories centering teens of color. After reading so many great ones by WoC lately (CALLING MY NAME! THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ! I AM NOT YOUR PERFECT ME...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineDefinitely a Young Adult book. The language and situations that indicate this begin early on. ...
  • Be A Rebel
    The Closest I've Come is a remarkable book with a very authentic voice. Marco lives in the projects with a mentally absentee mom. For the past year his mother has allowed her physically abusive boyfriend to live in the apartment. She knows that Brian abuses Marco but does nothing to stop it. But Mar...
  • Lilly (Lair Of Books)
    Just finished this one & it's looking like a 4 star read for all of the positive elements Aceves weaves into a very hard life lived by our MC. Told in first person POV, The Closest I've Come is raw & uncensored giving Marcos' voice & narrative life. This is a review I will really enjoy writing :)UPD...
  • Robin Herrera
    Really liked this book - lots of character growth, which I think is important to see. You can admit you're wrong, or that you've made mistakes, and the world doesn't end....
  • Sarah
    I received this as an eARC from Edelweiss. Marcos Rivas is just trying to survive. He has no money, but works hard to earn some. No one is around to protect him from his mother's physically abusive boyfriend. He can't be completely real with his good friends because their are unspoken rules in his n...
  • Amy Layton
    All I can say is wow.  I've gushed to this book so many times to so many people, and I honestly hope that I convinced them to read it through my word-tumbling, fast-paced explanations.  I was so impressed with this book, and I can't wait until Aceves' second (if he's already writing one...I ho...

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