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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fred Aceves Narrator: Christian Barillas Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2017 ISBN: 9780062689481
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Marcos Rivas yearns for love, a working cell phone, and maybe a pair of sneakers that aren’t falling apart. More than anything, Marcos Rivas wants to get out of Maesta, his hood, and 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 him to open up and to start to thinking 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A memorable, hard-hitting portrait of a teenager trying to shape his own destiny after being dealt a difficult hand.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Heart-wrenching, funny, hopeful, and not-to-be-missed.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “The theme of finding family in unexpected places is valuable, and heavy subject material is balanced by ample doses of comedy…Recommended for fans of Jason Reynolds and for readers who appreciate gritty and introspective realistic fiction with a sense of humor.”

    School Library Journal

  • “A success story that’ll have readers cheering by the end…An inspirational read.”

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About the Author

Fred Aceves is a Latino author who grew up in a community like the one described in The Closest I’ve Come, a tough, working-class neighborhood filled with single moms. He attended five high schools and worked two jobs before eventually dropping out of school. He later earned his GED and traveled around the world. He was born in the United States and currently lives in Mexico with his wife.

About the Narrator

Christian Barillas is an actor based in Los Angeles with credits in theater, film, and television. His professional career began with Center Theater Group’s A Very Old Man With Enourmous Wings, a short story by Gabriel García Márquez. He then appeared in several productions in and around Los Angeles including As You Like ItSonia Flew, and A Christmas Carol. On television, Christian is perhaps most recognizable as “Ronaldo” on Modern Family, where he appears opposite Tony winner and Emmy nominee Nathan Lane.