The Education of Margot Sanchez

The Education of Margot Sanchez

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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Margot Sanchez is paying off her debts by working in her family's South Bronx grocery store, but she must make the right choices about her friends, her family, and Moises, the good looking but outspoken boy from the neighborhood.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781481472111
Branch Call Number: TEEN RIVERA
Characteristics: 296 pages ; 22 cm


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She has to work off her debts at a poor grocery store in the Bronx after attending a rich white boarding school where she was the only Latina.

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Jun 28, 2017

I picked up this book because of the gorgeous cover art and felt that the story was not undeserving of such an appealing image. The book follows Margot, a 15-year-old living in the Bronx as she is forced to work at her parents' grocery following a term at an elite boarding school where she is the only Latina student. Through the course of the book, she deals with themes of second chances, gentrification, culturally ingrained sexism, and true friendship with a romance thrown in (because, hey, it's YA). Margot is a compelling narrator, fully embracing both her multicultural environment and her teen angst. The story she tells is worth the time required to read it, especially for its interesting examination of familial dynamics in a coming-of-age environment that will ring authentic to most teens. Although Margot had me thoroughly rolling my eyes at her in some passages, author Lilliam Rivera ends the novel with enough self-awareness that I felt no qualms in accepting her narrative. Although not the most riveting book I have read recently, The Education of Margot Sanchez is timely in its stories and represents a set of conflicts that will be particularly relevant for today's teens. I additionally give Rivera bonus points for telling a young woman's story without focusing on a cliche "finding her solemate" trope while still including believable romance.


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