Barely Missing Everything
His best friend JD has plans, too. He’s going to be ...more
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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.
I’ve been highly anticipating Barely Missing Everything since the moment it came across my radar back in 2017. When I saw it was finally releasing in 2 ...more
This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the ...more
The book is written in third person from three different perspectives (one of which is an adult!), but the majority of the character development comes through the dialogue, which I absolu ...more
The nove ...more
I loved this. The third person narrative threw me at first, but it really works. As it goes on, it has a bit of "we're all unreliable narrators" type feel going on, as we get bits and pieces of events and have to connect the dots. Which just makes me love it more.
Fabi, Juan's mom, POV was another curve ball. A parental POV in YA? One who was a teen mom? Still struggling working mother? One who actually TALKS about unexpected pregnancies and abortion ...more
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 ...more
I listened to the audiobook on this, and I kept finding my attention being pulled away from it (particularly during a lengthy algebra test that was just filled with formulas - ouch!) ...more
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I'm excited to bring another review to you, this time I'm doing things a little differently and listing five reasons why you should read Barely Missing Everything. I started reading an eARC for this, but also had the opportunity to listen to the audiobook as well, so one of my recommendations is for the n...more
Matt Mendez’s emotionally demanding Barely Missing Everything (2019) explores the lives of working-class Mexican Americans living in El Paso, TX. A teenage boy named Juan anchors the text, which focalizes his experiences as well as those of his mother, Fabi, and his best friend, JD.
Juan and JD are high school seniors planning life after high school, but just barely. They both have hazy visions of the future. JD, a film enthusiast, aspires to make movies an ...more
Barely Missing Everything is very much in the vein of Jason Reynold's All American Boys. It centers around three characters: Juan, a teenage Mexican-American basketball player, his best friend and budding filmmaker J.D., an ...more
I recently read Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys, which explores systemic racism as well but is a ...more
This is a pretty bleak, but sadly realistic, I suppose, look at the lives of brown boys in El Paso, TX. It's a debut novel - and reads like one. This au ...more