Author of a Kirkus Best Book of 2017
The Closest I've Come
Heart-wrenching, funny, hopeful, and not-to-be-missed.
[A] memorable, hard-hitting portrait of a teenager trying to shape his own destiny after being
dealt a difficult hand.
The Closest I've Come is an unflinching portrayal of boyhood and the seemingly impossible circumstances so many young people face. Aceves demonstrates a deft ear in depicting the trials and tribulations, and yes, triumphs, with which Marcos Rivas and his boys contend. You’ll be rooting for them to beat the odds page after page.
(Bestselling author of The Poet X and With the Fire On High)
Fred Aceves is the author of The Closest I’ve Come, which was a Kirkus Best Book of 2017, A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year, and an ALA/YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection.
He was born in New York to a Mexican father, and a Dominican mother, which makes him 100% Mexican, 100% Dominican, and 100% American. He spent most of his youth in Southern California and Tampa, Florida, where he lived in a poor, working class neighborhood like the one described in The Closest I’ve Come.
At the age of 21 he started traveling around the world, living in Chicago, New York, The Czech Republic, France, Argentina, Bolivia, and Mexico. Among other jobs, he has worked as a delivery driver, server, cook, car salesman, freelance editor, and teacher of English as a second language.
His second book, The New David Espinoza, is forthcoming in February 2020.