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Barely Missing Everything
Barely Missing Everything | Matt Mendez
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“There are moments when a story shakes you...Barely Missing Everything is one of those stories, and Mendez, a gifted storyteller with a distinct voice, is sure to bring a quake to the literary landscape.” —Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author of Long Way Down In the tradition of Jason Reynolds and Matt de la Peña, this heartbreaking, no-holds-barred debut novel told from three points of view explores how difficult it is to make it in life when you—your life, brown lives—don’t matter. Juan has plans. He’s going to get out of El Paso, Texas, on a basketball scholarship and make something of himself—or at least find something better than his mom Fabi’s cruddy apartment, her string of loser boyfriends, and a dead dad. Basketball is going to be his ticket out, his ticket up. He just needs to make it happen. His best friend JD has plans, too. He’s going to be a filmmaker one day, like Quinten Tarantino or Guillermo del Toro (NOT Steven Spielberg). He’s got a camera and he’s got passion—what else could he need? Fabi doesn’t have a plan anymore. When you get pregnant at sixteen and have been stuck bartending to make ends meet for the past seventeen years, you realize plans don’t always pan out, and that there some things you just can’t plan for… Like Juan’s run-in with the police, like a sprained ankle, and a tanking math grade that will likely ruin his chance at a scholarship. Like JD causing the implosion of his family. Like letters from a man named Mando on death row. Like finding out this man could be the father your mother said was dead. Soon Juan and JD are embarking on a Thelma and Louise­–like road trip to visit Mando. Juan will finally meet his dad, JD has a perfect subject for his documentary, and Fabi is desperate to stop them. But, as we already know, there are some things you just can’t plan for…
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Eggs
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“Every moment between them was like this—an almost-something moment. Almost a fight. Almost a cease-fire. Almost the apocalypse.”

Three Mexican teens in El Paso trying to survive with hope and friendship: this story will capture your heart ♥️

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Alex and Nikole speculate what might happen this weekend when the WOW Teen Ambassadors chat with Matt Mendez. Join us Saturday, April 27 from 10am - noon for a discussion and signing. https://wowlit.org/event/wow-teen-reading-ambassadors-present-matt-mendez/ #WorldsofWords #YALit

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Mendez writes a brutal truth, leaving me feeling helpless in its grip. And yet, it‘s a breeze to read. I‘ll meet him for a second time in late April, and I might never move the conversation beyond, “Thank you.” #yalit

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This was my most anticipated release of 2019. Did it live up to the hype? Absolutely. There was a lot of anger, a lot of disappointment and a lot of pain. But there was also hope. If you liked The Hate U Give then I think you‘d like this one. Barely Missing Everything gives a voice to the brown kids who don‘t always have a voice and are sometimes lost in the shuffle. And I hope Barely Missing Everything gives you a bit of hope.