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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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A Kirkus Best Book of 2017 * A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year * An ALA/YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection

Read the book 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 first-time author Fred Aceves, in the tradition of Walter Dean Myers.

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 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

  • “Christian Barillas’ touching and quiet performance capture the ups and downs of teenager Marcos Rivas…Aceves’ debut features a poignant first-person point of view that sounds confessional when paired with Barillas’s intimate tone. Barillas has an impressive range; the way he hits accents adds a layer of dazzling authenticity to his performance.”

    AudioFile

  • “A debut that’s as stunning as it is powerful.”

    Paste magazine

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

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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

    School Library Journal

  • “Every reader will enjoy Aceves’ deft handling of this coming-of-age journey. The Closest I’ve Come will be a welcome addition to the growing cannon of quality urban young adult literature.”

    VOYA

  • “A success story that’ll have readers cheering.”

    Booklist

  • “There’s no point at which you’ll want to put down his strongly voiced coming-of-age.”

    B&N Teen Blog

  • A BookRiot Pick
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2017

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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.

About the Narrator

Christian Barillas is an Earphones Award–winning audio narrator and 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 It, Sonia Flew, and A Christmas Carol. On television, he is perhaps most recognizable as Ronaldo on Modern Family, where he appears opposite Tony winner and Emmy nominee Nathan Lane.