Title: The Education of Margot Sanchez
Author: Lilliam Rivera
Pub: February 2017
I received an advanced copy from JellyBooks in exchange for reading data & surveys
Fifteen year old Margot Sanchez had concocted the perfect summer plan. She’ll just “borrow” her father’s credit card to buy the best summer wardrobe, attend the biggest summer party, and get the guy. Instead, she’s grounded and forced to work at her family’s supermarket. With each passing day, she could feel her prep-school reputation vanishing, and she’s determined to build it back up and retain it by any means necessary.
There wasn’t anything I disliked about this book. How? Why? I have no idea, but it is such a great book!
What I really liked was Margot’s voice and the way Lilliam Rivera characterized her throughout the novel.
It’s a coming of age story and Margot’s voice matches the ups and downs associated with growing up. Her issues stem from fitting in, assimilation, growing knowledge of her community and issues of gentrification, and the double standards shown in her family and community.
The character really come alive, from the casheristas at the supermarket, too Moises, the local boy who has caught Margot’s attention.
Coming of age stories are hard to deliver, especially when you’re wondering if this one will sound/read like all the ones you’ve read before. However, Rivera knocked it out of the park with Margot, because when it all comes down to it, coming of age doesn’t end on the last page, you keep learning and experience life way past the back cover. Rivera demonstrates that with Margot, who learns and experiences a whole lot in less than 300 pages, and leaves her story open to allow her to keep on learning and experiencing too.
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