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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
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: March 5th 2019 by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
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Sasha
This book is full of pain. The pain of rejection, the pain of disappearing, the pain of failure and the unknown and the physical and, sharpest of all, the pain of disappointing yourself, over and over again, until you forget how to hope for yourself. It's relentless and difficult to read, with tiny rays of sunshine tantalizing enough to make the rest of it hurt more than before.

I super get it, there are no novels about brown lives matter and the voices of boys like Juan and JD and humans like F
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Kari | Books For The Living
I’m not crying you’re crying 😭
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Disclaimer: This author is represented by the agency I work for. While this didn’t affect my opinion of the book, I wanted to be transparent.
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Matt Mendez grew up in El Paso, Texas. He received an MFA from the University of Arizona and is the author of the short story collection Twitching Heart (2012) and the forthcoming novel Barely Mising Everything (2019).

He lives with his wife and two daughters in Tucson, Arizona. You can visit him at mattmendez.com