The Closest I've Come

The Closest I've Come

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Marcos Rivas yearns for love, a working cell phone, and maybe a pair of sneakers that arent falling apart. But more than anything, Marcos wants to get out of Maesta, his hood, away from his indifferent mom and her abusive boyfriendwhich 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 isnt about acting tough and being macho; its about being true to yourself. The Closest Ive Come is a story about traversing real and imagined boundaries, about discovering new things in the world, and about discovering yourself, too.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062488534
0062488538
Branch Call Number: Teen Ace
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Closest I have come

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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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