The Education of Margot Sanchez (Hardcover)

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After a round of overspending on the parental credit card, Margot has to spend the summer working in her dad's Bronx supermarket, a different world from the fancy private school where she always feels like an outsider.


— From The Education of Margot Sanchez


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.

About the Author

Lilliam Rivera is the author of The Education of Margot Sanchez and is a 2016 Pushcart Prize winner. She is a freelance writer with work in Tin House, the Los Angeles Times, and Latina, among others. Originally from the Bronx, New York, Lilliam now lives in Los Angeles with her family. Visit her at

Praise For…

"Introducing Lilliam Rivera, one of the most unique and exciting new voices in YA. The Education of Margot Sanchez is funny, poignant, compelling and authentic. She nails the music and conflict of an evolving Bronx, New York. I adore this novel."
— Matt de la Peña, author of LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET

“In the hands of debut novelist Lilliam Rivera, Margot's choices -- which friends?  which boy?  which future? -- take on a tense urgency.  Lively and telling, smart and compelling, Margot Sanchez is a character to take to your heart and Rivera a voice to remember.”
— Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club

“With a passionate voice, Lilliam Rivera weaves a layered, complex story of a girl awakening to herself and her family.”
— Cecil Castellucci, author of Tin Star

“The Education of Margot Sanchez shatters the myth of assimilation by exposing the loss and ache that comes with it. Instead, Lilliam Rivera tells the reader that there is nothing more powerful and beautiful than staying true to oneself.”
— Isabel Quintero, author of Gabi: A Girl in Pieces

“The Education of Margot Sanchez feels as classic as Judy Blume and, at the same time, entirely new.  It’s a rich, page-turning tale about a teenage girl stuck between a rock and the growing-up place.”
— Veronica Chambers, author of Mama's Girl and The Go-Between

"A debut of great candor, depth, and empathy."

"[A]n emotional story about class, race, hard work, and finding one’s place."

"[T]he realistic Latinx characters make this a welcome addition to YA shelves."

"[A] solid entry novel about family, friendships, and culture. [This] will appeal to teen readers who like coming-of-age tales and stories featuring Latinx culture."


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Product Details
ISBN: 9781481472111
ISBN-10: 1481472119
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 21st, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English