Sunday, February 26, 2017

Book Review: The Education of Margot Sanchez

Title The Education of Margot Sanchez
Author Lilliam Rivera
Release Date February 21, 2017


Mami, for destroying my social life
Papi, for allowing Junior to become a Neanderthal
Junior, for becoming a Neanderthal
This 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.

My biggest issue with this book was Margot herself. I get flawed and unlikable characters, but she was completely self-absorbed. It was hard to see past her selfishness. While there was some character growth (less than what I would have expected) for her at the end of the book, I feel like it came too late to change my opinion of her.

There's a lot going on throughout the book as far as the story goes. It's some pretty heavy stuff: family issues, growing up, fitting in, and gentrification to name a few. The book doesn't seem busy, though, because a lot of it isn't explored as fully as one might like (recalling what happened at the beach party here).

The Education of Margot Sanchez was a decent, but predictable, book.


3 out of 5 stars

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