The Education of Margot Sanchez

The Education of Margot Sanchez

For Ages: 14 and up
Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted—from debut author Lilliam Rivera.

Things/People Margot Hates:
Mami, for destroying her social life
Papi, for allowing Junior to become a Neanderthal
Junior, for becoming a Neanderthal
The supermarket
Everyone else

After “borrowing” her father’s credit card to finance a more stylish wardrobe, Margot Sanchez suddenly finds herself grounded. And by grounded, she means working as an indentured servant in her family’s struggling grocery store to pay off her debts.

With each order of deli meat she slices, Margot can feel her carefully cultivated prep school reputation slipping through her fingers, and she’s willing to do anything to get out of this punishment. Lie, cheat, and maybe even steal…

Margot’s invitation to the ultimate beach party is within reach and she has no intention of letting her family’s drama or Moises—the admittedly good looking but outspoken boy from the neighborhood—keep her from her goal.
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 304 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781481472111 | 
  • February 2017 | 
  • Grades 9 and up
List Price $23.99

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About the Author

Lilliam Rivera
Photograph by Julian Sambrano

Lilliam Rivera

Originally from the Bronx, New York, Lilliam Rivera is a 2015 Clarion graduate and a 2013 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Los Angeles Times, Bellevue Literary Review, Tahoma Literary Review, Los Angeles Book Review, Latina, among others. She hosts the Los Angeles–based radio show Literary Soundtrack on Radio Sombra, and she is a 2016 Pushcart Prize winner for her shot story “Death Defiant Bomba.” Lilliam lives in Los Angeles with her family. Visit her at LilliamRivera.com.

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