Barely Missing Everything

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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 Quentin 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 are 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…


  • 001 BarelyMissingEverything Title

    Duration: 15s
  • 002 BarelyMissingEverything Ch1 ChapterJuan

    Duration: 25min
  • 003 BarelyMissingEverything Ch2 TheParty

    Duration: 25min
  • 004 BarelyMissingEverything Ch3 JDDontKnow

    Duration: 27min
  • 005 BarelyMissingEverything Ch4 FabiAndHerCarino

    Duration: 22min
  • 006 BarelyMissingEverything Ch5 MoreThanYouCanHandle

    Duration: 32min
  • 007 BarelyMissingEverything Ch6 TheCutlass

    Duration: 26min
  • 008 BarelyMissingEverything Ch7 GloryRoad

    Duration: 18min
  • 009 BarelyMissingEverything Ch8 LivingTheDream

    Duration: 17min
  • 010 BarelyMissingEverything Ch9 BoxingUp

    Duration: 24min
  • 011 BarelyMissingEverything Ch10 EditingANightmare

    Duration: 28min
  • 012 BarelyMissingEverything Ch11 LongLiveTheQueen

    Duration: 19min
  • 013 BarelyMissingEverything Ch12 WeAreMonsters

    Duration: 21min
  • 014 BarelyMissingEverything Ch13 BelieveBelieveBelieve

    Duration: 12min
  • 015 BarelyMissingEverything Ch14 DatabaseOfShit

    Duration: 12min
  • 016 BarelyMissingEverything Ch15 FabiAndGladi

    Duration: 25min
  • 017 BarelyMissingEverything Ch16 WhenWeWereFearless

    Duration: 17min
  • 018 BarelyMissingEverything Ch17 TheBadJuans

    Duration: 12min
  • 019 BarelyMissingEverything Ch18 OverTheHillAndFarAway

    Duration: 09min
  • 020 BarelyMissingEverything Ch19 WeGetToBeTerrible

    Duration: 34min
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