Welcome to the book world, Margot! Here is my release day review:
Set in the Bronx, “The Education of Margot Sanchez” by Lilliam Rivera offers readers a coming-of-age experience full of family, summer, boys and commentary on social issues including class and race. While the beginning of the book moves along enjoyably predictable YA storylines, it picks up significantly in the second half, offering readers a glimpse of grittier family dynamics and some surprising twists.
VERDICT: A fun, fast read, and a solid purchase for school libraries. Lilliam Rivera is an enjoyable and welcome new voice to the young adult fiction world.
One thing I’m pondering, though, is the common storyline in this and “American Street”, “Piecing Me Together” and the forthcoming “The Hate U Give“………that of every main female protagonist going to a private prep school outside of their neighborhoods to get a better education, escape violence/drugs, and actually have a chance at succeeding after high school.
Can anyone recommend a YA book by a female author of color whose main character goes to one of the inferred-as-inferior neighborhood schools? I’m not criticizing this commonality in these titles, just interested in the similarities and seeking another perspective. I’m sure these books are out there and I just haven’t discovered them yet!
I received a digital advance review copy of this book, all opinions are my own.