The Closest I've Come

The Closest I've Come

Book - 2017
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Marcos Rivas is desperate to escape the projects, his neglectful mother, and her abusive boyfriend, but when he is picked for a class at his high school targeting smart students who are underperforming, he initially resists.
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen/HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017
ISBN: 9780062488534
0062488538
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 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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