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Matt Mendez

Biography

Matt Mendez

Like his characters, Matt Mendez grew up in central El Paso, Texas. He received an MFA from the University of Arizona and is the author of the short story collection TWITCHING HEART. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Tucson, Arizona. BARELY MISSING EVERYTHING is his debut young adult novel. You can visit him at mattmendez.com.

Matt Mendez

Books by Matt Mendez

by Matt Mendez - African American Interest, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Prejudice , Racism, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Juan has plans to get out of El Paso on a basketball scholarship and make something of himself. His best friend JD has plans to be a filmmaker. Fabi doesn’t have a plan anymore. There are some things you just can’t plan for...Like Juan’s run-in with the police, 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. 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.